I have 3 kittens that I found outside, their mother has abandoned them. I have taken them in and tried to feed them, but 2 of them refuse to eat wet cat food. They are very young and look to be about 3-4 weeks old, but I'm not sure. I tried to give them some watered down milk to see if they would take it but they don't drink it at all. It has been about 2 days since I have found them and they have only drank maybe a few ounces of milk each. How do I get them to eat and drink?
When found on the street, It is recommendable to take them to a veterinarian to start with the deworming protocol, in order to eliminate any parasites they could have.
It is necessary that you give them adequate milk for newborn cats; you can buy it in a veterinary clinic where they will give you guidelines on how to feed them. It is very important not to give them cow's milk !!! It produces diarrhea in kittens and, consequently, dehydration (lethal).
If very small kittens, it is very important that they eat. You can give the food by a syringe (without a needle, obviously). Keep them warm, since in the cold they can die.
For being babies, kittens often rely on their mothers when comes to defecating. If you see that your kittens don't defecate enough, you should try to stimulate them.
All the best for you and your kittens.
Note: This is an automatic answer provided by artificial intelligence previously reviewed by our veterinarians. In case of urgency, we recommend you to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.