So my *excited* girls got to wait yet another hour for their beloved kittens to arrive.
Let's pretend I was just extra ambitious and had them in their PJs early. *cough* We hadn't left the house all day. *cough*
Anyway, the kittens couldn't have been jumping out of the box as Jerry was driving because they were a wee bit more little than I had imagined or he had thought. He had guessed 8-10 weeks. But now we are realizing they are right at 4 weeks old.
That little realization changed everything. They were not ready for solid foods. They needed "formula" according to Google.
Here are just a few things I've learned over the past 24 hours:
They do indeed make kitten "milk replacement formula".
Said formula costs the same as Enfamil or Similac. $14 for the small cans and $22 for the large ones. (Not for consumption by humans...it tells you that on the label. I am so glad, because I almost headed to Petsmart the last time I needed infant formula.)
Kittens like to be fed every 3-4 hours.
Dropper feeding is for the birds.
So now I have these little 1 ounce bottles in my fridge. The feedings are going much better now.
Speaking of which, the next one is at 2AM.
Oh, one more noteworthy thing...in all my google reading about feral kittens I came across a tidbit about the mother cat licking the kittens' bottoms to stimulate them to go potty. It recommended taking a rough wet wash cloth to take care of that need.
Um, yeah. I pretty much just skimmed over that hoping to never think of it again.
Until I was speaking with my farm girl mama today and she said verbatim...have you taken a wet wash cloth around their little bottom to get them to go poop?
Me-Seriously? No. I read that online and totally chose to ignore it. Do I really need to do that?
My Mom-Well, yes. Unless you want constipated kittens!
Well, we can't be having constipated kittens around here. I decided it would be less rude if I just took care of that little issue during a full bath. So all four of them got bathed this afternoon and had their tooshies rubbed.
And sure enough, ALL four of them pooped tonight. 3 of them even made it into the litter box.
Now I've just got to figure out which one missed. Our plan is to keep two of them...and eenie meenie minie moe...that one is NOT it.