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How to take care of newborn kittens?
Friday 30 September 2011
Newborn kittens are particularly fragile and taking care of them requires special approach. The first 48 hours are exceptionally critical for them to grow well. Although each breed of kittens has different requirements, the newborn kittens have in general the same needs. Kittens must nurse and must be kept warm. You should bare in mind that although their mother is taking care of them and you have taken all the necessary measures to keep them safe, some kittens still die. Read below on how to make sure you do your best to take care of newborn kittens. There are different ways to take care of newborn kittens as it depends on their relation with their mum. The worst case scenario is when their mum rejects the kittens. In this case you might need to take over all the duties. The other is that though the mother does not reject them, it might not produce enough milk for all of them or has other condition that unables it to take care of their kittens.
You should remember the basic rules that apply to newborn kittens of all breeds which are: keep them warm, provide food, assistance and lots of affection. Having the main guidelines clear, you should check whether the kittens are adequately warm. The newborn kittens are unable to regulate their body temperature which means that they can easily get cold or too hot. The risk of hypothermia is bigger when the kitten is the only one in the litter. It should be then supplied with all the necessary things to keep it warm. The newborn kittens should be fed from a bottle if their mother is unable to feed them or the felines need more food. Be careful with giving the kittens too much food. In case of diarrhea or other consult the vet. It also might be a sign that you are simply giving the kittens too much food. If you have doubts regarding their diet, remember that you should consult everything with your veterinarian.
The assistance is important for the newborn kittens as they tend to have various infections or should be stimulated with the basic bodily functions. You might need to stimulate your kitten to help it with its bledder by touching its lower abdomen, etc. After few weeks, the kittens are ready to start with litter training. Give your kittens a lactic acid bacteria when they are one week old as it helps to build up their digestive system. Veterinary lactic acid bacteria come in easy to administer tubes or oral syringes and can be found in most pet supply stores.
Do not forget to give the newborn kittens a lot of affection and play with them in order to develop their motor skills.
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