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We have three small kittens that a feral cat came with to

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Hello. We have three small kittens that a feral cat came with to our garden last Friday. We took them inside since we regularly get foxes visiting our garden. The kittens all look healthy and are active. Mother cat is feeding them several times a day. The problem is that none of the kittens have pooped since we got them. It's more than 48 hours now.
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Customer: They haven't pooped for more than 2 days
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for these little ones.

Do we know roughly their age?

Do they seem bloated and have they been straining?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I think they are between 3 and 4 weeks. They don't look bloated. They sleep a lot but that's probably normal for their age.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Thanks, sure.

Have you started offering solid food?

Do you see mother cat stimulating them (by licking their bums after a feed)?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I know the mother is licking them a lot after each meal but I haven't seen her licking their bums specifically
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

So at this age, if we have not started to wean onto solids, it would be expected that the mother would still be eating the stool.

They sometimes do this so innocuously while grooming, that it easily goes unnoticed.

If we have not started to offer solid food, this is likely what is going on, especially if the kittens have no other signs.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
They have not eaten any solid food
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I see
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
okay thanks
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

Ah ok!

Yes, I suspect this is our answer.

Once over 3 weeks, we can start to introduce kitten food.

We should also be offering kitten food to mum as this will contain the extra calories and calcium she needs.

Once kittens eat this, we will start to see poos, as mum stops eating them.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
we will try kitten food next week
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.
Ok, perfect.
Do you have any further questions?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 16 days ago.

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