I have a situation. This kit and now three siblings have taken up residence next door under my neighbor's shed. Unfortunately, I am afraid their mother has died. I have watched them for a week now and they act and look healthy. The only literature I could find suggests feeding them until July when they should be old enough to hunt on their own. So I have been. They devour it. "Vixens are very protective of their kits, and have been known to even fight off terriers in their defence. If the mother dies before the kits are independent, the father takes over as their provider. The kits' eyes open after 13–15 days, during which time their ear canals open and their upper teeth erupt, with the lower teeth emerging 3–4 days later.Their eyes are initially blue, but change to amber at 4–5 weeks. Coat colour begins to change at three weeks of age, when the black eye streak appears. By one month, red and white patches are apparent on their faces. During this time, their ears erect and their muzzles elongate. Kits begin to leave their dens and experiment with solid food brought by their parents at the age of 3–4 weeks. The lactation period lasts 6–7 weeks. Their woolly coats begin to be coated by shiny guard hairs after 8 weeks. By the age of 3–4 months, the kits are long-legged, narrow-chested and sinewy. They reach adult proportions at the age of 6–7 months. Some vixens may reach sexual maturity at the age of 9–10 months, thus bearing their first litters at one year of age. In captivity, their longevity can be as long as 15 years, though in the wild they typically do not survive past 5 years of age.
So hopefully the father is still around but I haven't seen him either. And he should have taken them back to the den which has been in use for at least 20 years out back. Either way their current diet consists of boiled chicken, fresh broccoli, kale, cauliflower, pea pods, carrots, water and some dried cat food. They won't go hungry.
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