(Closed) I'm a foster mom! PICS

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Too cute!  I’ve always wanted to foster. Maybe after I retire!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

More pictures pleaseeee

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

They look way super young. What are you feeding them? Without other pictures, they look like they’d still be within nursing age.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@greenviolets:  If you are feeding them from a bottle you must be using a milk supplement, you can just try to mix some of the “formula” or milk supplement whatever into the gruel… It’s way easier and it will help ensure they are getting the extra nutrients they need.

They are super cute!  I would never be able to foster because then they would never leave!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@greenviolets:  It’s unusual for a mother animal to abandon her babies so “late in the game”, although it’s not unheard of (Unless you meant human mother.)

I used to operate a very small rescue back when I was in California. We ended in taking primarily cats, but we also took in puppies, dogs, a horse, a few sheep, LOTS of cows and a goat, once.

It’s really rough to see them so little and so lost in the world. The biggest issue you’ll probably run into is dehydration, so my suggestion is to give them a syringe (10-20 mL depending on what you think they can handle) of water after every meal. It helps and really staves off dehydration. These little guys can dehydrate overnight.

You’re a good person for taking them in. They need a little bit of love.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

So adorable!! Good luck with them 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Who would leave such sweet little pups?! Do they have names yet? 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@greenviolets:  Young animals usually don’t. Make sure it’s lukewarm and you can add a *tiny* (Like, a pinch) of salt to “taste” it, plus the salt will help them retain. I’d add salt maybe once every day, no more than that. You don’t want their sodium levels going bonkers.

They’ll probably fight you. Water is boring and they don’t like to take it, but if you establish a routine with them, they’ll get the hang of it. Just put little dribbles (I used to do half a mL per “syringe push”) in the corner of their jaw, wait for them to swallow and give them a half mL more til it’s gone. Time consuming, but at least you’ll *KNOW* how much water you gave them.

I hand reared a kitten since she was 2 weeks old and for the first year of her life, I had to give her water because she didn’t know how to lap it like normal cats. She had a really severe upper respiratory infection and couldn’t nurse from mama. I started hand feeding her and she got 14% dehydrated (15% is lethal) and she had to spend three nights in the kitty ICU on a saline drip. (Edit: She’s 3 now and a pain in my ass. I wouldn’t change her for the world.)

After that, she got water forcefully shoved down her until she learned to drink. Even if they are getting sufficient water, I think your security and state of mind would benefit from watching them down the water. 10-20 mL isn’t going to harm anything and the worst case scenario, you have to pick up newspapers or wash towels a bit more often. Worth it, if you ask me.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

puppies will get snatched up in no time. Its the fugly old dogs that wait around forever

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