Abandoned Newborn Kitten - Am I doing everything right?
This past Saturday (3/22) I found a kitten in our boat - he was anywhere from 1-3 days old (still had his umbilical cord - he lost that on Monday - so that would be 2 days later - I'm not sure of his age exactly; but the eyes are still closed and I've had him/her for 7 days plus however many days before finding - So I'm guessing 9 days old now?
Needless to say, when I saw this cute little baby I was very worried b/c I know they need their mama during this time; but she was nowhere to be found and my dogs were the ones to alert me that something was in the boat and they (dogs) found a way to get in the boat (so I pray that the mama got the other babies to a safe place and not that my dogs got her and/or the babies) Anyway, there was just one little kitten, mewing and I got him/her (still can't tell the sex). So, I have been bottle-feeding and doing the pee/poop thing for him/her (I hate saying 'it'); Seems to be doing ok and getting attached to me and vice versa, but I'm not sure if I'm missing anything - Is the poop supposed to be cream color? (I would assume yes b/c the formula is that color) but I want to be sure; Also, it seems like it hurts him/her when pooping - cries a lot so I don't know if that is normal. (the poop seems to be hard - I just am not sure what is normal for a newborn kitten; Usually if I find newborns, I take them in and care for them for a day or two (and I know a woman who takes in orphaned cats/kittens, so she usually takes it from there - but this time she had her hands full and I am the one - so I just want to be sure that everything is ok - because I know this time is critical for a baby.
I'm keeping him/her warm (in a small pet carrier/cloth with extra bedding and a blanket on top next to a lamp) I feed him/her every 3-4 hours, there have been a few nights that I didn't get up b/c the alarm clock didn't go off - but he/she sleeps during the night - I've been told different things, wait til they wake up and also feed every 3-4 hours, so I try to do the hourly thing if I can help it - which is most of the time; I rub a warm cloth for him/her to poop and pee; I have just used water to bathe him every once in a while; but I think tonight I will give him a real bath. After reading some internet stories about how important that is (I was afraid that he would get cold so I didn't want to give him a real bath yet); I take him everywhere with me; I even sneak him into my office, so in case you are wondering, yes I am going to keep him; I'll worry about how my older cats will like him later. For now, I'm just trying to keep him healthy. So any advice will be appreciated!
I've got many animals and I feel bad b/c they are not getting as much attention but for the next couple of weeks my time is devoted to keeping the baby healthy - so if by reading this someone sees that I'm doing something wrong or not enough please tell me - and please let me know if the poop thing is normal; I don't know if I should see a vet or not - (at this point); I can't afford it right now, but if it is a must I will go.