premature kit, help me please

ayedreeh

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Hello, you guys! I am new to this forum and I would love some advice, please. My chinchilla had two premature babies yesterday and one was born dead but the other one is fighting to live. I did not know she was pregnant as she just had a litter (yes, I separated the male immediately). The mom is of course cleaning and warming him but I am quite sure the kit is not eating. When I first weighed him yesterday he was 31 grams and now he is 27 grams. I am force-feeding him kitty replacement milk every 2 hours but he keeps spitting it out or taking it out his nose. I am also worried about his eyes being closed. I tried gently rubbing with warm water and a q-tip today. Please, any advice will help. I have owned chinchillas for 3 years now just in case anyone is wondering.
 

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Cat replacement milk is for carnivores, not herbivores. You need fresh goats milk. Also, if he's spitting it out of his nose, then you're putting in too much at a time. Use an eyedropper and put a drop on his lips, let him lick it off, then repeat.

Continue to try and get his eyes open. It helps a ton with their motivation to move/eat/live.

Here's a link to kit care:
http://www.chins-n-hedgies.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21

Canned goats milk was recommended in this FAQ, but that was when fresh wasn't readily available.
 

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