When you decide to be a mother to orphaned kittens, you only need to extend your patience, care, and time for these animals. Here are the things that you can do to make this job easier for you.
1. Give her a warm home.
Kittens need to feel warm. Thus, you have to make a comfortable place for them. Put them in a small box and fill it with old clothes. Though you need to put a 40-watt lamp over the box to make it warm, you still need to cover it since small kittens are sensitive to light. Another way to keep them warm is to put warm water into a bottle and put this inside the box as well. Just replace the water when it gets cold already.
2. Feed the kittens with the use of an eyedropper or syringe.
You can use an eyedropper for the first few days. This will be similar to the nipple of a mother cat. As the young ones grow, they will need bigger nipples and bigger helpings of the formula. Thus, you will need bigger syringes too. Go to your vet clinic to buy used or new syringes.
3. Feed them with kitty formula.
The kitty formula is composed of a cup of whole milk, an egg yolk, a tablespoon of white corn syrup, and a pinch of salt. Mix all these in a blender and warm over medium heat.
4. Feed them three times a day.
They should be fed only three times a day and on a regular schedule.
5. Groom and get them to clean their bladders and eliminate bowels.
Since they are unable to groom themselves, clean them with a wet washcloth. To help them empty their bladders and bowels out, wipe the area under their tails with wet washcloth.
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6. Make a litter pan when they are a month old.
After four weeks, they can already empty their bladders and bowels on their own but you should train them to go to the litter pan first. This way, you will not keep on cleaning after their mess.
7. After six weeks, feed them solid food.
After six weeks or after their teething period, feed them with solid food such as kitten chow. To get them to try the chow, give them an appetizing little canned kitty food.
8. Watch them grow and develop abilities.
Kittens, while growing up, are like human babies. They can give you joy as they learn to do things and gain strength to play with each other. This will truly make you feel like a mother.