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post #1 of 16 Old 05-08-2012, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on 5 week old kitten please!

I'm going to be getting a kitten from our neighbors soon, and she is around 5 weeks the owner thinks. There are two litters of kittens, one litter has 4 kittens and they are the ones that are about 5 weeks. The other litter of 5 kittens are at least a week younger. The little female I've picked out seems very healthy and growing well. I've been going over several times a week to check on her and get her used to me. Today I went over and the other adult cats (not the mothers) were moving some of the kittens from the cat house to under the steps. It is just bare dirt under there. The mother cats seem fine with it. I think they are worried the kittens will start falling off the table in the cat house since they are quite active now.

Now, I know kittens should be at least 6-8 weeks before they are taken away from their mothers. I'm worried however about the kittens. The smaller litter of five all have yellow stuff around their eyes - almost looks infected. Do kittens that age have yellow crusty stuff around their eyes? One of the larger kittens have it too. Azura (the kitten I'm getting) seems fine so far, but I just hope she'll be ok. I'm probably just a worry wart - but I'm scared she'll get sick or hurt getting hauled around by the other adult cats. However, I know she of course needs to stay with her mother longer.

If you have any advice on kittens I'd be very happy for it! This is the first kitten I've raised since I was 7 and I don't remember that much! For when I do get her, I have a really nice cat house with a wire front so she can see out. She will be an outdoor cat, but while she is tiny she will stay in the cat house or be in the house.

I do have pictures but have to get them uploaded. I'll have them up here for sure tomorrow!
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-08-2012, 01:02 AM
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If the kitties have crusty eyes, you will probably want to take the kitten to a vet when you get it so you can have that treated (and get shots if you choose to have the vet do that). As long as the kittens are being handled daily and the cats are domesticated, and not trying to hide the kittens away from people, under the steps shouldn't do any harm. The biggest thing to worry about if you decide you MUST take the kitten early is dehydration. It can happen really fast in a tiny kitten. Much better to leave the kitten with mom until you are SURE they are drinking on their own if at all possible. Good luck, and how about some pics?
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It sounds like they're your run of the mill farm cats? If I'm correct, then from my experience experiencing those symptoms are fairly normal in farm kittens. Being born and raised outdoors, by mothers who have probably never had shots, it will be normal for kittens to be exposed to and develop some low key illnesses. If their eyes and noses are just a little goobery you can expect that it's just a "kitten cold" so to speak. Just like when we humans are young they can get sick and get over it pretty quick. If the symptoms get worse and you start hearing coughing, wheezing, etc. I would then start looking into possible treatments.

My overall recommendation is when you get your kitten (5 weeks is not an advised age to wean, but will be sufficient so long as you provide well softened food for them to eat) take her to the vet and have her completely checked over as well as set up a schedule to ensure all her shots are given at the proper time.

As far as where she's been moved to, I've seen cats move kittens to worse places and the kittens have come out no worse for wear. The only real concern is she's out of reach of predators that will see a kitten as a tasty meal. (I've known of hawks carrying them off when running around out in the open).
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Thank-you for your help! Yes, these are farm cats. I'm glad to know it isn't always as serious. So far Azura doesn't have it, but I'm going to keep a real close eye on her. I don't want to take her away yet as she really should stay with her mother longer but I wouldn't want anything to get her either. I'm going to try to leave her at least another week or two. I'll just keep checking I guess. That is what worries me too, when they start running around outside since there are predators. Well, we'll see I guess!

Here are a couple pics! I think she's the cutest of the litter! What is so sweet too is when I pick her up she looks at me and gives these quiet little meows. A lot of the others just screech when I pick them up! She is certainly the friendliest.
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I have never met a kitten that wasn't cute. That one is very pretty. hope it all works out for you.
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LOL! They are all cute of course! I just think she's the cutest!! That's 'cus she's going to be mine I guess! Thank-you - I hope it all works out too.
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Well, I went over to see them this morning - the lady was there. I asked her about their eyes and she thought they just have a bit of a cold. I dunno - Azura had some of that yellow crusty stuff in her eyes this morning, even though she didn't last night. All the babies were back in the cat house this morning so the mothers must have brought them back.

Here are a couple more pics. The first picture shows how their eyes are just glued shut. The other one is of Azura. I really hope she'll be ok till I can get her.
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Any yellow or green discharge should be seen by a vet. It can be any number of things causing it including infection. Some infections if not treated can cause vision loss or even loss of the eye. My youngest cat has no vision in his right eye due to an untreated viral infection when he was a stray. He is very lucky that we were able to save his left eye.

The kitten should also be tested for FELV and FIV and checked for parasites.
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Yes, chances are, it's some type of infection.

As soon as you get the kitten, take it to a vet to be treated and checked over. When it's old enough, have it fixed immediately. Don't add to the outrageous cat population when it's unneeded.

I'd take the kitten now to get it out of that situation. It will be perfectly fine. Kittens can eat moist food as early as 2-1/2 weeks and dry food as early as 4 weeks.

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Yes, I think it's an infection too. I can't go tomorrow to check on her since I'm working all day and then driving several hours to pick up my mom. My mom and I am planning on going over on Friday though. If her eyes seem fine, I may leave her a bit longer, but I may just take her like you guys are suggesting.

And don't worry - she is definitely being spayed as soon as she's old enough! I do not believe it letting these animals keep having puppies, kittens and foals when there are so many animals in the world that need homes.

I bought lots of canned food for kittens and some kitten milk. I will probably try mixing them and see if she likes that. Then introduce dry food later. The cat house is all ready and I have 2 beds for her with a litter box and food and water bowls. I have some balls for her too.

One of my biggest worries is that she will be lonely. We have another cat, but he's older and certainly won't be a playmate. Of course I'll spend a lot of time with her and play with her, but I just hope she won't miss her siblings too much. Do they adjust fairly fast?

Thank-you for all your help! I really appreciate it! I will keep you guys updated.
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