A newborn kitten will be the greatest thing to have. Well not just your cat but yourself because you may or may not know kitten is double the fun than adult cats. With their cute little meow and innocent face, they just so adorable! You may have been anticipating getting a kitten for some time or you might have not even known a kitten was about to join your household. But regardless of the circumstances of the arrival, the first month with the newborn is a month of changes, and there are things you can do to make these changes go smoothly.
Taking care of a brand new fur baby is a great joy and a great responsibility, and one that requires special knowledge of newborns care.
A kitten is considered a newborn from birth until the age of four months, which provides her enough time to be weaned from her mother and learn a few life skills, such as eating and using a litter box. Whether you’re the primary caretaker of newborns or working in harmony with a cat mom, equip yourself with the essentials to keep your new snuggle bundles in tip-top shape.
If you have other pets, allow them to sniff the kitten while you hold it but be sure to keep the newborn safe at all times. Place the kitten in the small room with its belongings when you can’t supervise it, so you won’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt.
Food and Drink
Well it’s obvious enough the newborns can’t eat food and only drink milk from their mom. If the cat mom isn’t there to nurse, you will have to bottle-feed the newborns with special formula. Speak with your vet to choose the right one. Never feed a kitten on her back, she could choke in that position. Instead, lay her on her side (as she would while nursing her mom) or hold her upright. Once she is fully weaned, give your tiny kitty specially formulated kitten food to help her develop strong bones, eyes and muscles.
You might notice kittens are born with their eyes and ears closed. They rely on smell, and touch to find safety. They open their eyes at anywhere from seven to fourteen days after birth. That is why cat mom need to be with them at all time and this also a reason for you to make a safe, warm place for them to sleep.
Provide a soft bed of layered materials such as fleece blankets, Place the bed in a cozy, draft-free corner where the newborns won’t be disturbed by other pets or children.
You may want your newborn kittens have their first veterinarian appointment as soon as possible, preferably in the first week or two after birth, so that the doctor can conduct an overall wellness check. Newborns are prone to illnesses such as upper respiratory infections, distemper, ear mites and intestinal parasites, so don’t hesitate to contact your vet if you have any concerns.
After a few days, your kittens will start to explore their new home and get used to where the litter box, food, and water dishes are. In addition to having their own adventure, they might even claim a favorite spot to sleep and befriend other pets. Make sure your little furry friend continues to eat and drink and monitor their litter box habits during this time. Regardless, you’ll need to make an appointment during this time to get them checked out.
If your cat is going to wear a collar, choose a collar that fits and add some identification, like a name tag with your phone number, in case your kitten gets outside. Microchipping can be discussed with your vet as a more permanent form of identification.
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