She aint moving. LOL. I have tried 4x to get her into a different spot and every time we move the first one she immediately starts guarding the other two babies by sitting ON them, and if/when we are able to move them over too she immediately moves the babies back, sits on all three of them and glares at us. It isn't even a matter of her waiting until we leave. It's instant. Since we need to be able to pick up her babies without her trying to bite us we can't keep trying at this point. So, she'll have to figure it out for now. Unfortunately it's like trying to force a child to sleep. You can do your best to set the stage, set the routine, hope for the best, but you cannot physically force a child to sleep.She definitely needs more room to maneuver. Hopefully she will agree to a move to a larger nest. The heating pad needs to be on one side and under a blanket and set on low only. Mom and babies need to have room to move off the heating pad area if they get too warm.
It does sometimes take a day or so for mom’s hormones to settle down and the full maternal instinct to kick in.
I’m sorry about the one who did not make it.
Do you have formula on hand in case you need it? The kittens should gain a minimum of 6-10 grams each per day. More than that is fine too!
I read that on here! Seems like an intriguing idea. I have no idea how you'd get a baby to even suck on it but I'll have to go find a video on that for sure.In case it's of any help, I've read that the corner of a clean makeup remover sponge dipped in milk, or use the syringe to drip the milk onto the sponge, and that can be used for them to suckle from
Better how? Less likely to choke/aspirate? My last premie was fed exclusively on a syringe as were my last two supplement litters. None of them actually latched and sucked on the nipple and a syringe was far safer and easier.Tiny kittens usually do better with a syringe. How much and how often are you supplementing? It sounds like they need it.