7 day old orphan kittens not pooping :(

First of all i would like everyone to know that i live in a country where there are NO vets no professionals on any type :( also i do know that despite our best efforts something might be internally wrong with the kittens i adopted their mum off the streets with a bad case of rectal prolapse and she passed away on the 2nd day of giving birth..since then i've been bottle feeding them kmr following feeding guides off the internet and then rubbing thier bellies to make digestion easier and rubbing backs to burp them and all these things people on the internet suggest i do to make them feel like i'm the mom cat..thing is today is the 7th day and despite trying for a long time after every 2 hour feeding the kittens have yet to poop..could this be normal in any way? Might they just be taking a little bit longer? I keep stimulating them in front to back, triangular and circular motions with a warm damp tissue and they pee just fine but but not one single kitten has pooped :(

Asked by Member 1153175 on Feb 6th 2013 Tagged orphan, kitten, digestion, notpooping, elimination, poo in Health & Safety
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Izadore (Izzie)

Three days is about the max for a kitten not to go. They should have at least one bowel movement every two days. There are a few things you can. Try a dab of warm Vasoline and gently rub it into the rectum of the kit. This will act as a suppository. If that doesn't work you might want to try giving them a small dose of a feline laxative like Laxatone.When you stimulate the kittens to go run warm water and have a stream run on his bottom. Then use the cotton ball in the water. It isn't too rough against them.Once they are going dilute the formula with boiled water. It is too rich. I was also wondering if you have a good relationship with a "people doctor" if you could get advice from them? Or, are there any shelters in your area you could call? I send prayers and thoughts that these babies survive. I understand how difficult it must be for you with no veterinary assistance.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 2/7/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I have heard that newborn pups and kittens must have their mothers lick their rectums to stimulate them to poop. If mother dies, you must rub their rectums with warm wet rag or cotton balls. That's why you always see new moms licking their babies bottoms.

Member 1154060 answered on 2/7/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer