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    Feeding Newborn Kittens

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 20 May 2011
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    Generally, most kitten breeders will not allow their kittens for sale to leave their mother until they are 6-8 weeks old. There may be a case however when you find orphaned kittens and have to look after them yourself. If this is the case, you will have to know who to provide the correct kitten care to ensure that the kittens survive. Read on to find out more about correct cat care.

     

    Providing Kitten Care

     

    • The first thing you need to do before you start feeding the kittens is to make sure they are warm. An essential part of kitten care is to know that you shouldn’t feed cold kittens. By far the best way to go about this aspect of cat care is to warm the kittens yourself. With kitten breeders or in the wild, the mother would do this because kittens cannot produce their own body temperature. Hold the kittens close to your body to warm them.

     

    • Depending on the age of the kittens, there are three ways to go about providing the correct cat care in terms of food. If the kittens are a mere day old, an eye dropper is an excellent way to feed kittens. Kitten breeders will use a special formula to feed kittens such as KRF. Cow’s milk is only acceptable to feed kittens if there is no other option. To feed the kittens and provide the correct kitten care, put the tip of the eye dropper into the kitten’s mouth and squeeze a few drops if he cannot suck, allow the kittens to swallow and then repeat.

     

    • Kittens that are slightly older will need different cat care. Older kittens will probably need more kitten care in terms of food than an eye dropper can provide, if this is the case, use a child’s medicine dispenser. When providing cat care, you can encourage the kittens to suck by gently pulling the feeder away (but not out of the kittens’ mouths).

     

    • As soon as the kittens are strong enough to walk around you should buy a kitten feeding bottle for the rest of the kitten care routine. This is very similar to a child’s bottle but smaller. Kitten breeders use these cat accessories to great success.

     

    • When providing kitten care, you need to get the kittens’ elimination systems working as soon as possible. Use a warm, damp washcloth in a circular motion on the kittens’ bottoms to get them to start eliminating. This is an essential part of kitten care and shouldn’t be overlooked. It is probably best to go about this part of cat care over some paper towels.

     

    • Newborn kittens cannot keep themselves warm so you need to do it. Kitten breeders will often use a hot water bottle covered with a blanket to do this when they mother is not there. When providing kitten care, keep young children away from the kittens to prevent them from getting hurt.

     

    • When you are providing kitten care, seek the advice of local vets or rescue centres. You should consider re-homing the kittens to your local rescue centre if you find you cannot provide sufficient levels of cat care for the kittens.
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