I've been lucky the three kittens before that I've bottle fed took right to the bottle! These two kittens won't. Mom suddenly stopped nursing them and keeps putting them out of the nest box. When they do get a chance to latch on to a nipple she stands up and walks away. She's being very un-momlike, and she was doing so good until suddenly stopping. Something has upset her and caused her to spurn her kittens compleatly. There honestly could be something wrong with them, but we're giving them a fighting chance.
I'm lucky if I can get much into them, they hate the formula and the bottle. Drop by drop I try and get formula into them to no avail. There has got to be a reason mom suddenly is refusing them. Honestly and frankly they aren't doing too well, and were pretty weak and sickly already when I was given them to try and bottle feed. (Frankly I honestly think it's too late for them, and will be suprised if they make the night.) They are getting food into them, just not to my satisfaction of what a kitten their size should consume. Tonight they are a little more perky and vocal, (but not alot like a kitten should be), so the food is getting to them, but I still have that nagging feeling of "failure to thrive" haunting my thoughts.
They were cold feeling when I got them, I put them on a heating pad with towels and such to bring their core temp up. They stay on the warm side of the box, and go to the cool side to go to the bathroom then right back to the warm side. They won't lap from a bowl, I've tried. They just loathe the formula. Feeding them isn't a problem it's so tempting to treat them like a human but its so important they lay flat, makes it hard to get drop by drop into them. Just wish those little two some luck tonight, hopefully some of the formula I did get into them starts to help tonight. Tube feeding is always a last resort isn't it? Sigh, just might have to happen to give them a chance.