how often should a week old newborn kitten poop?

my outside cat had some kittens and there was 4 now there is only 2 because the mommy cat quit making milk and now we have them in house bottle feeding them and they are peeing but not pooping and thier bellys are full they where born either thursday or friday so they are about a week old now but when do they start pooping?

Asked by Member 972694 on Mar 10th 2010 in Health & Wellness
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Izadore (Izzie)

One of the most important things that a mama cat does in addition to keeping her babies warm and feeding them on demand is to clean them from head to toe every chance that she gets. In order to clean these kittens you will want to use a cotton ball dampened with warm water, you will start from the head cleaning the whole face, then you will work back along the body, you will then want to hold the kitten over the sink or a litter box and you will be wiping their tummy, then moving down to their genital area. You will wipe them from genitals to rectum trying to duplicate how their mother stimulates them to use the washroom. Be patient, sometimes this takes a few minutes, at some point they will poop, after they poop,they'll let you know they'e done. Clean their private parts again. You can get much more information on how to take care of these babies from a vet. If you don't have one, now is the time because you also need to have mom spayed. You can also call a shelter for advice.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/10/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


The only thing I can to Izzie's excellent answer is that kittens poop everytime they're fed. (Actually, adult cats do, too, but don't eat as often as kittens.) So follow Izzie's advice about how to stimulate them to go #2. I'm not clear on whether Momcat is still there or not. Kittens can't maintain their bodily heat for the first few weeks of life without Momcat to warm them. Thus, you have to provide some kind of warmth. Since you already know how to bottle feed them, you probably know this better than I do, but one way to maintain body heat is to put heating pad set on low and wrapped in a towel in a large cardboard box, with an open area inside the box where the kittens can cool off if necessary. Putting a thermometer inside to monitor temperature is useful, but I've forgotten what the temperature should be. Other people with foster experience (Catsters, shelter workers, your vet), should be able to give you advice about this. Good luck and praying for the little ones!

Lola answered on 3/10/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I agree with the other 2 cats that posted. You have to every 2 hours make sure they are feed and cleaned from head to bottom. If you dont have a heating pad you can take bottles of warm water wrapped in a blanket and then put another blanket on top of the warm water bottles to keep them warm also. But you will need to keep check on the bottles to make sure they are warm.

Christina answered on 3/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer