Ellen, our new bottle kitten, is not responding as quickly as I hoped. She has not attempted to eat from the bottle yet, so Cathy and I have been feeding her with a dropper. The poor kitty has the runs and is dehydrated. We have decided to take her to the vet tonight where she will at minimum get some water into her system.
Ellen must have been without her momma for an extended period. Perhaps she was the runt of the litter, and her momma was moving the nest and was unable to come back for her. Ellen has fight in her, though, so I keep praying and hoping for the best.
I believe Ellen does have a fighting chance. She just woke up a little while ago. When I checked on her, she was looking around for a nipple. I was able to feed her 1/4 teaspoon. She went back to sleep on my chest. *sigh*
Your prayers would be appreciated.
Update at 8:31 P.M.: The doctor says Ellen should be O.K. It apears the worst of it is over, and her color (gums) is good. Apparently the gums are a good indicator of overall kitten health. Anyway, no antibiotics, just continued loving care.