Yesterday, while I was at a car repair place having a new starter put in my car, a mechanic brought a tiny kitten that he had just found into the waiting room. It was filthy and obviously very hungry so the receptionist was trying to feed it a soda cracker and a bowl of buttermilk! I had to say something at that point and, well, now I have an orphaned kitten. I first thought it to be around 5 weeks so I bought some canned food. I had to leave it right after that (I had a prior commitment that I had no way to get out of) so I put the kitten in a plastic crate with the canned food. When I returned, the kitten had licked a bit of the canned food but was obviously still quite hungry. Off to PetsMart I went and got some KMR (kitten milk replacer). I swore I already had a kitten/puppy bottle on hand but it turns out I was mistaken and PetsMart had closed by then. So, kitten managed to sort of lap the KMR from a flat saucer. I fed it twice, about 2 hours apart, before bedtime and it ate well.
This morning, it seemed to forget how to lap but it was hungry and eventually remembered. I have never had a litter of kittens before but if they mature on the same lines as puppies, I would say this kitten is no older than 4 weeks. (I can feel teeth breaking through but it can't support its full weight to walk without being real shaky.)
I contacted a cat rescue last night and while they were sympathetic, they cannot take the kitten until it is weaned, and then only if they have space. The rescue person warned me not to take it to the shelter as, if they have no foster home, the kitten will be immediately euthanised. So it looks like I'm stuck with this kitten for the time being.
I put the kitten in a tiny litter box lined with paper towels to feed it. This method proved to make for much easier cleanup all around.
The pic below shows the back of a driver's license next to the kitten to show its size. The pic also shows the kitten walking on shaky little legs.
Anyone want a cute kitten? :p