Posted 13 October 2011 - 08:44 PM
Do you know anything about their past? Where were they found / in what way were they 'dumped'? Find out as much as you can about their past, and imitate it. The kindest thing you can do is to restore the same environment they were used to by now, but in your home.
For example, if they were outdoor cats, locate their new enclosure close to a window and give mum a litter tray filled with natural soil or sand and grass in it. Give the mother the type of food which she was most likely to have had in the past - plus, add some bites of good quality food to it. I recommend Royal Canine Kitten dry or any of the Whiskas tin foods or real fresh meat. Three times a day, and leave some dry food there all the time.
Change the blanket they lie on every day. Kittens do their wees and poohs, and if it is left there, these excrements attract bacteria, microorganisms and parasites which can make the kittens very sick. Therefore, please give them a new blanket every day and wash the old one, preferrably with bleach.
Leave all the rest to their mum. Do you have kitchen scales at home? Weigh the babies every day. They should weigh at least 100g now and double their weight by day 10. If not, let us know - you may have to help mum a bit with bottle feeding. Look out whether you can get Wombaroo kitten milk formula in your area, that's a good cat milk replacement.
In 9 days, the kittens will open their eyes. At 3 weeks of age they will start to crawl around and you should offer them their first solid food. Every day anew. They will disregard it first, but be patient ... as their mum will stay away for longer and longer, they will finally get hungry enough to try whatever you have to offer. :)
It is also important to touch the kittens every day in a gentle manner, so they become comfortable with humans.
Breeder of Russian Blues and Whites in SA