Taking Care Of Baby Kittens (NewBorn & Abandoned)


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 is best to have two sets of towels so that the towels can be replaced with freshly washed towels each day. Daily washing removes waste and provides a sanitary germ-free environment for your kitties.

Feeding newborn kittens should be done by holding them with all four paws down. If you feed them in your lap then place all four paws on your legs. A newborn kitten needs to be fed with a special small bottle. The nipple needs to be tiny so a tiny mouth can suckle. Obtain a special kitten formula from a pet store or vet. Do not feed cow’s milk. A cat’s newborn kittens should need to be fed every two hours during the first week and every three or four hours after that. Read the directions on the side of the formula container and follow closely. Some newborn kittens will eat considerably more than others. Never force-feed a kitten that eats less.  If he is otherwise healthy and growing the kitten will take what food he needs.

Should your kitty aspirate some of the milk into its lungs hold it upside down until his airway is cleared. You may need to rub its back and tap lightly to help clear the lungs. If these techniques do not work you can hold the kitten in both hands using one hand to support the neck and sling it down several times. The quick downward motion is designed to clear the lungs. Great care should be taken with this method as injury could occur.  A vet uses this method during a c-section delivery to clear the kitten’s lungs until they start breathing by themselves.

A newborn kitten does not know how to potty. A mama cat will teach it by licking the anal area of the kitten until its bowels move. You can do the same thing by stroking it with a warm wet washcloth. Be sure the kitten eliminates before you stop stroking. You will need to give the kitten a bath afterward. Mama cat would lick the kitten to clean it otherwise.  Use an antibacterial soap during the first month and then a baby shampoo after that.

Taking Care Of The Kittens

Taking care of kittens can be an exhausting, though rewarding job. In the role of a new adopted Mum, it is important that you are equipped with the basic needs that your kitten will require, prior to her being brought to her new home. One of the first things you will want to be teaching your new arrival is toilet etiquette.

Given that this will more than likely be her first time away from her Mum, brothers, and sisters, you should ideally make her new home a quiet room in the house, to begin with. She is going to find her first few days quite daunting, being in new surroundings, with new people, so try and give her plenty of space whilst she adapts. Within her secluded room, 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.

Kittens initially learn by copying their Mum so it may be that she is already fully trained and in the know-how when it comes to going to the toilet. She may however need a gentle reminder as she familiarises herself with her new home and settles in.

It is important at this point that you understand a few cat rules, and if this is your first experience of having a cat you will soon learn that your cat has plenty of rules that we mere mortal humans are expected to obey. Some you will gladly, as this is your duty as a responsible parent, some you will need to reign in and give your kitten a gentle reminder of who actually is the head of the household.

  • 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.

Adopting these few principles, to begin with, is going to put both you and your kitten on a firm grounding. The only thing left for you to do for the first day or so is to give your kitten a gentle reminder of where her container actually is, by picking her up and placing her in it. You should do this especially after she has either eaten or woken up. When she starts to venture out of her room to explore other areas of the house, ensure there is a litter container on at least each floor of the house that she has access to. Remember she is still only very little, and may not make it back in time if she suddenly decides she needs to wee when she is at the other end of the house.

The Right Kitten Food for a Proper Diet

In order for the kittens to get the proper muscle development that every pet owner wants, they should have an average of fifteen percent of protein in their kitten food. Proper muscle development is very important because it is also included in their heart. Little kittens also need about twenty percent of fat to be included in their diet. It is also advisable that you feed your cats homemade kitten food, but just make sure that the fact that they are getting is uncooked. Cooked fat can very much cause serious problems in the future.

You also have to be careful with cheeses and dairies because almost all cats are lactose intolerant. If you have a recipe there that is really in need of using dairy, you may want to try lactose-free milk. Being lactose intolerant means that there is an enzyme in their stomach that is missing. That is the reason why they cannot properly break down the sugar that is found in regular milk.

Cats are known as meat-eater, but adding some vegetables to their dry kitten food can also be recommended. Take note that you also have to be careful in adding vegetables to your diet. Vegetables that should be on the lookout for are garlic, onions and cherry tomatoes because these food groups serve as poison to cats. Bell poppers should also be avoided.

A combination of homemade kitten food and a safe brought free kitten food can give your little kitten the best nutrition he needs in order for him to grow strong and stay healthy for a long time. Animals are like human beings, they also need to have a healthy life and plenty of nutrients for them to be strong and healthy. That will make for a happy cat and a happy cat owner!

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