More Cat Care Information:
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.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
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.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
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.
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.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|