Maybe you found a kitten on the street without a mother nearby, or maybe you just adopted one. In this article we will teach you everything you need to know to take care of a kitten.
Taking care of a kitten that is less than three weeks old is a challenge. So many young kittens require a lot of attention. With devotion, lots of love and care, however, these little ones can survive without a mother.
1. Maintain its body temperature
When kittens are born , they spend all their time next to their mother’s womb. In addition to breastfeeding, this closeness also helps them maintain body heat. Therefore, you need to give very young kittens everything they need to maintain their body temperature.
This is especially true at night, as they can not regulate their body temperature on their own yet. You can wrap the kitten in a blanket or use a heating pad. You can also use other pets as babysitters, to provide them with warmth and affection.
If the kitten is growling or shaking and its paws are cold, place it on your lap.
2. Do not give it cow’s milk
A very common mistake when people find kittens is to heat milk from the refrigerator and then give it to them. This fluid is not good for their health because it does not contain the necessary nutrients, and can even lead to stomach problems, such as diarrhea or vomiting.
In pet stores you can buy special milk replacers for kittens. If you can not get it, you can give them warm water with a syringe without a needle. Milk should be bottled and heated to 37 degrees. Remember that kittens eat every three hours.
3. Teach it to use the litter box
Among the many tasks you have when taking care of a kitten, we also find how to teach them to do away with themselves. A cat mother would stimulate the baby by licking it on the stomach and the surrounding area. In your case, you can wet a cotton ball and rub it lightly on the cat’s genitals and surrounding areas after each time it has eaten.
You also need to clean the baby just like a mother would. You can use a cloth dipped in warm water to gently clean the coat. Afterwards, you must dry the kitten well.
After four weeks, kittens stop drinking breast milk. They have already opened their eyes and know how to do away with themselves. However, they still have a lot to learn. If you have adopted a kitten that is already weaned, follow the tips below to take care of it:
1. Give it special food
In pet stores you can buy cat food for kittens. This food is softer than food for adults and contains other types of nutrients. It is also better suited for the size of the kids’ mouths.
Be patient and give them the food gradually. Initially, they will not know how to eat or chew. You may need to hand feed them in small pieces, one at a time. The cat will then learn to eat on its own.
2. Take it to the vet
It does not matter if you adopted the cat from a cat home, from a neighbor or from the street; All cats need to visit the vet when they are young.
The vet will take a look at the cat, give it all the vaccines it needs and then give you advice on care and food. With these tips you can ensure that the animal does not get sick. You can also take the opportunity to ask about the cat’s breed (Siamese, Persian, etc.) and how to take care of it.
3. Avoid dangers in the home
If you have never had a pet before, let alone a cat, your home will not be suitable for animals. But do not worry, because you can improve it with a few minor changes.
First, remember not to have any open windows or access to terraces and balconies. You may need to watch the kitten until it can walk properly alone.
Another important issue is hiding electrical cords, small objects (such as pens), medicines and cleaning products. Cats are very skilled and can open doors and drawers.
Make sure everything is secured. Close the lid of the toilet, do not leave the bathroom door open and also close other rooms you do not want the cat to enter. Also pay attention to which plants you have at home, as some can be toxic to cats.
Taking care of a kitten is not easy, but it is not impossible. You just have to give the animal what it needs and make sure it does not harm or destroy things in the house.