The first few days are always uncertain, and she has been back to the vet a couple of times, but she seems to be out of the woods: "She is important to the future of her species, we couldn't risk losing her." She goes home with him and stays with him on his day off, though "day off" is a bit of a misnomer right now…
The civet kitten is on Royal Canin Babycat Milk, warmed to body temperature and fed to her from a very small bottle. At first she took 2ml at each feed every 1.5 to 2 hours. She is now happily guzzling 10ml per feed, every 4 hours. Dave: "She has a very quirky little routine – she's far too busy wanting to make noise, explore and wrestle with the bottle for the first two attempts and then almost every time takes the bottle on the third try and guzzles the lot!"
She travels in style, in a small portable brooder kept at 28 to 30 degrees centigrade. Dave: "It's getting heavier by the day!" She makes a lot of squeaks and sniffing noises (coupled with the occasional burp after a good feed). Her calls are a combination of craving for food, eagerness to explore and desperation to communicate. "She lets you know when she's not impressed with having her bum wiped!"
She was 115 grams when she was born on 15th April. At day 18 she weighed 178 grams. Other than a little trouble with constipation, she's strong and lively, sleeping between feeds but very active at feeds. "Her eyes are just starting to open now."