Snowflake at snack time.
These two were in the process of being abandoned by their new mothers. I am not sure if they have the same mamma but they were in the same proximity and no more than a few days apart although one is a half-time bigger.
But the bigger one is also healthier and the white one (Snowflake) seemed to have been abandoned because of health issues. I cleaned her up once yesterday and returned her to the group of mothers but found her again on a high shelf in the garage and no one around.
She seemed weaker, dehydrated and no one was hissing or fussing at me. They had already written her off. When they reacted in similar fashion with the Graham (not reacted) I brought them both in for emergency care.
Besides feeding them a mixture of milk and powered formula for kittens, I use tissue to motivate them to pee and poop (no poop yet) and then clean their faces and bodies with a wet towel. Kind of like mamma.
They were also infested with fleas, so literally a pinch of Capstar was added to their milk and it worked wonders. They are a little younger than recommended on the instructions but too fragile (in my opinion) to bathe and certainly not with a flea bath, which we do not have in the house anyway.
It did not kill a tick on Graham, but it made it turn loose. Maybe it would have died, but I helped it along.
I truly expected the white one to be dead this morning but she seems to be improving so my hopes are up. They've sprung the confines of their box, so I moved the heating pad and put the box upside down as a mini-house. So far, they like it.
I'll feed them and tickle their bottoms every two hours or so and then at night they are on their own from 10-6. It might not be ideal but that is how I raised Wendy and except for being a little "wicked" at times, she's fine. You might remember,she traveled with me twice a day (for two weeks) to Murfreesboro when my mother-in-law was in the hospital.