So, I was able to pick the little kitten up and take him to the house because he was so willing. As soon as I picked him up, he began to purr. He was not afraid. It was as though he knew he would be safe.
I tried to give him milk in a saucer and some food softened in milk, but he did not know how to drink or eat anything. I estimate his age between 4 and 5 weeks. His canine teeth have erupted, but that is all.
He slept comfortably in a very large box. I filled a 5 gallon bucket with hot water, put on a lid and wrapped it in a towel to keep him warm. He was in the kitchen anyhow, but alone in the box, and I wanted him to fee comfortable. I fed him twice with a syringe, warm cow's milk from my Jersey, Elsie. He took in about 30 millilitres, which is not much, but lots for a little kitten. He finally slept from midnight until 5 am. I fed him at 5 am and he wanted to cuddle and play. I wanted to sleep so I put him back in the box and hoped for the best. He did not go back to sleep and of course, neither did I.
Today, I did manage to get him to drink on his own, but still syringe fed him too. I stuck his little face in a saucer of warm milk over and over again. He licked the milk from his whiskers, though he did not make the connection for a long time. Then he tried to bite the saucer and finally he attempted to drink. He did not take in much and was very awkward, but it was a start. I also broke some cheese into very small pieces and shoved one in his mouth. He liked it and took a few more pieces on his own.
He is bright, super friendly, playful and unafraid. He already is able to crawl up my leg into my lap and jump down on his own. I think he will be a remarkable cat, but I cannot keep him here or incest will come about. My friend Penelope is going to drive out all the way from Edmonton tomorrow to rescue him. She has bottle fed many kittens, so he will be in great hands, but she loves cats and that is wonderful. Thank you Penelope. The kitten is going to be a fantastic addition to your family. He is already something else. Sweet thing!d