Beginners Guide to Take Care of New Born & Abandoned Kittens


Care for newborn kittens requires specialised attention, which may not come easily to many of us. This post was intended for those readers who may have found themselves in the position of needing to care for young cats when their mothers were not available. There is a chance that you will be responsible for taking care of a kitten or even numerous kittens. They are completely reliant upon you in every way. How do you plan to approach this situation?

The first step in properly caring for newborn kittens is ensuring that they are kept warm. Before they are about three or four weeks old, they do not produce enough body heat to ensure their survival. Put them away in a cardboard box or some other container that is appropriate. A container that can be cleaned is the best option. Provide them with some blankets or towels to lie down on. It will be necessary to heat up the towels, and the dryer in your home is an excellent spot to accomplish this task. It is a good idea to have a container that is big enough to house not only the kittens but also many warm towels at the same time. It may be useful to use a heating pad with a low heat setting.

It’s better to have two sets of towels so that they may be replaced every day with newly laundered towels. Washing your cats’ bedding on a daily basis removes trash and ensures a sanitary, germ-free environment for them.

Holding newborn kittens with all four paws down is the best way to feed them. Place all four paws on your legs if you’re feeding them in your lap. A particular little bottle must be used to feed a newborn kitten. The nipple must be small in order for a little mouth to suckle. A specific kitten formula can be purchased from a pet store or a veterinarian. Do not give cow’s milk to your pet. During the first week, a cat’s newborn kittens should be fed every two hours, then every three or four hours after that. Read and follow the guidelines on the side of the formula container. Some kittens will consume significantly more food than others. Never force-feed a kitten who isn’t eating enough. If the kitten is otherwise healthy and growing, he will eat whatever he requires.

Hold your kitty upside down until his airway is clean if he aspirates some milk into his lungs. To help clear the lungs, you may need to touch its back and lightly tap it. If these methods do not work, you can toss the kitten down many times while holding it in both hands and supporting the neck with one hand. The lungs are cleared by the fast downward action. This procedure should be used with caution because harm is possible. During a c-section delivery, a veterinarian employs this approach to clear the kitten’s lungs until they can breathe on their own.

A newborn kitten has no idea how to use the toilet. A mother cat will train it by licking the kitten’s anal area until it moves its bowels. Using a warm damp washcloth, you may achieve the same effect. Before you quit caressing the kitten, be sure it has gone to the bathroom. After that, you’ll have to give the kitten a bath. Otherwise, Mama Cat would lick the kitten to clean it. During the first month, use an antibacterial soap and then a baby shampoo.

Taking Care Of The Kittens

Taking care of kittens can be a difficult, but rewarding, task. Prior to bringing your kitten to her new home, it is critical that you are prepared with the basic needs that she will require. Toilet etiquette is one of the first things you’ll want to educate your new arrival.

Given that she will most likely be away from her mother, brothers, and sisters for the first time, you should make her new home a calm place in the house to begin with. She’ll find her first few days challenging because she’ll be in unfamiliar settings with unfamiliar people, so give her lots of room while she adjusts. She should have some warm, comfortable bedding, food and water trays, a few toys to play with, a scratching post, and a cat litter container in her secluded area.

Kittens learn by imitating their mothers, so it’s possible that she’s already trained and knowledgeable about going to the bathroom. She may, however, require a gentle reminder as she gets to know her new surroundings and settles in.

It’s critical that you grasp a few cat rules at this point, and if this is your first time owning a cat, you’ll quickly discover that your cat has a lot of rules that we mere mortal humans are supposed to follow. Some you will willingly accept because it is your responsibility as a responsible parent, while others you will need to rein in and gently remind your kitten who is the true leader of the home.

  • So cat rule number 1 does not to place the litter container anywhere near the food or sleeping area. Cats are naturally very clean animals and don’t like to have to either eat or sleep near the toilet.
  • Rule number 2, don’t expect your cat to use the litter container in public, ensure her toilet is in a secluded area of the house where there won’t be too many disturbances, cats like their privacy when it comes to such matters, respect it.
  • Rule number 3, always ensures that the cat litter container is kept clean at all times and that the litter is changed regularly. If the container is too dirty your cat will just go and find a cleaner place to go toilet, which will more than probably be on your carpet.

To begin, adopting these simple rules will provide a solid foundation for both you and your kitty. The only thing left for you to do for the next day or so is gently remind your kitten where her container is by taking her up and placing her in it. This is especially important after she has eaten or awoken. When she begins to leave her room and explore other sections of the house, make sure there is a litter can on at least each floor she has access to. Remember, she’s still a toddler, and she might not make it back in time if she suddenly needs to go to the bathroom while she’s at the other end of the house.

The Right Kitten Food for a Proper Diet

In order for kittens to receive the correct muscular development that every pet owner desires, their kitten diet should contain an average of 15% protein. Muscle development is critical because it is also a component of their heart. Little kittens also require approximately 20% fat in their diet. It’s also a good idea to feed your kittens homemade kitten food, but make sure it’s not cooked. Cooked fat has the potential to produce major health issues in the future.

Cheeses and dairy products must also be avoided because almost all cats are lactose intolerant. If you have a recipe that necessitates the use of dairy, lactose-free milk can be a good option. Lactose intolerance refers to a lack of an enzyme in the stomach. That is why they are unable to effectively break down the sugar included in ordinary milk.

Although cats are known to be meat eaters, adding some veggies to their dry kitten food is also a good idea. Keep in mind that you must be cautious while adding veggies to your diet. Garlic, onions, and cherry tomatoes are three vegetables to keep an eye out for because they are poisonous to cats. Bell poppers should be avoided as well.

A combination of homemade kitten food and a safe, grain-free kitten food can provide your young cat with the nutrition he requires to grow strong and live a long life. Animals, like humans, require a healthy lifestyle and a sufficient supply of nutrients in order to be strong and healthy. That will result in a contented cat and a contented cat owner!

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