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My mom and I have been taking turns hand raising an abandoned kitten. We got him and 2 others at birth, as in, the feral cat mama had them in various places in my parents' yard and never touched them again. We lost 2 of them, but the male is doing well.<br><br>
He's just over 5 weeks old now, almost a pound and a half, and he refuses to drink from a bowl. He only wants his bottle....every 3-4 hours! He is still eating at night this often, too. How can we teach him to drink from a bowl? We're just starting some canned Wellness today with him and mixing it with his formula in a bowl.<br><br>
Otherwise, he's doing very well! He is about 95% reliable with using a litter box on his own and very sweet and playful.
 

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Good for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Awww, how cuuuute!!!<br>
I've had many a kittens in my days and have had to take care of babies like your doing too. What I would do is try putting a bit of the milk in a bowl and showing it to the kitten. When they're ready they'll take a taste of it out of curiosity. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/cat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cat"> Once they figure out what it is and how to feed themselves they'll be well on their way to being weaned. You can also try water too. Once they get that down then you can move on to the pet food. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I once raised an abandoned kitten. I gave her milk with an eye dropper for a a very short time (goat milk since i couldn't afford kitten milk replacement and I was living on a dairy goat farm) like a day or two ( I was 17, memory is fuzzy on this and I was 17)... then I started putting out canned food mixed with the milk and helping her eat that. I continued to use a warm wet cloth to stimulate her for urination and defecation, and soon put dry food soaked in goat milk down for her (I waited until it had become huge from the soaking). She ate because she was hungry. She was my heart, I had her for 16 years. Good luck with your baby
 
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