Kitten Care

Some helpful things for caring for New born kittens up to when they are weaned

Author Brenda Cassidy

The main concerns we need to think about during their first weeks are feeding, warmth,and learning how to Toilet on their own.

Our first option is to find a new mother cat with a small litter as she may adopt the orphaned baby/babies as her own. If a mammy cat can not be found ,the kitten will need to be bottle fed or as a last resort syringe fed.

For the first 2 weeks, bottle feed the kittens every 1-2 hours with a kitten milk formula which can be bought at either the vets or good pet shops . Important cow’s milk should never be given as it is too hard for them to digest. If you cannot get the formula diluted goats milk maybe given at the ratio 1-1 1 goats milk and 1 water(boiled cooled down drinking water) when feeding which ever you are using should be warmed to hand temperature.

As the kittens start to grow between 3-4 weeks old, formula can be given in a shallow dish along with a second bowl of kitten food either dried that has been softened with water(the formula milk may also be used to moisten the kitten biscuits.) or better still pouches of soft kitten food these feed should be given 4-6 times per day.

At 6-12 weeks, decrease the amount of formula and give them more pouch/dried kitten food. Food is now given 4 times per day.

Sleeping arrangements. If the kittens do not already have a place to sleep, a warm, dry area away from potential predators will need to be provided making sure is out of the elements and away from drafts. You can use a box or a cat carrier that is lined with clean towels or blankets
A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel or light fleece works well. This should be positioned so that the kitten can move away from it if need be.

 

After the kitten has eaten, mammy cat will groom her babies, paying special attention to the anal area. This stimulates excretion, which kittens can’t do on their until about the 2nd week . we help with this using a soft washcloth or tissue dipped in warm water and gently massage the anal and urinary regions in a circular motion. This mimic’s the mother cat’s tongue.

 

 

At 4 weeks old the kitten should be starting to use a litter tray ,start with a small box after each feed placing the kitten lightly in the tray, it helps if the you remove part of 1 side of the box for easy access