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    Kittens for Free: Feeding Orphan Kittens

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 20 May 2011

    Cats are quite hardy and can survive through quite hard conditions but rescue kittens are the opposite however and require a lot of kitten care to ensure that they survive. Orphaned kittens for free are completely dependent on you for their care and probably the most important and demanding part of kitten care is feeding. Read on to find out more about feeding rescue kittens.


    How to Provide Kitten Care


    • The first thing you need to do when caring for kittens for free is to come up with a simple feeding bottle. A child’s feeding bottle meant for premature infants is perfect for providing kitten care.


    • The rescue kittens will need to be kept in a safe and warm area. Cat accessories for sale such as cat beds with a hot water bottle under them are excellent for this. Keep in regular contact with a vet throughout the process of raising rescue kittens and providing kitten care.


    • Do not use goat’s milk or cow’s milk to feed rescue kittens unless there is no alternative as this doesn’t prove adequate nutrients for kitten care. Use special formula that is available from pet shops.


    • Rescue kittens of different ages will need different amounts of feed per day. Rescue kittens that are 1 week old require 13ml of milk per 100g per day. 2 week old rescue kittens need 17ml per 100g, 20ml is required when three weeks old and four week old rescue kittens need 22ml per 100g. These doses need to be divided by four to be spread over the day.


    • When feeding kittens for free, you need to warm the milk before hand and let it ooze from the bottle before placing it in the kitten’s mouth. When feeding rescue kittens, make sure that they are not fed on their backs, it is OK however if the kittens raise the front paws when you are providing this kitten care.


    • After you have been feeding rescue kittens, make sure that the abdomen is enlarged but not overextended. A good benchmark for rescue kittens is to gain roughly 50g-100g per week. After 3 weeks, you can try feeding the rescue kittens solid food.


    • When looking after rescue kittens, do not expect them to do much more than eat and sleep for the first few weeks of their life. To defecate, you need to stimulate the rescue kittens, do this by soaking a cotton wall ball and warm water and rubbing the anal area.


    For more advice regarding raising kittens, read our cat guides:


    • Feeding Newborn Kittens
    • Cat Diseases Guide 
    • Cat Vaccinations Guide
    • Cat Diarrhoea: How To Treat
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