6 Ways on How to Take Care of Orphaned Kittens
How to take care of orphaned kittens can be challenging. You need to be patient especially if it is your first time raising one.
How to Take Care of Orphaned Kittens
Here’s a short guide on how to take care of stray cats.
- Visit the Vet
The first thing to do when you have a rescued cat is to visit a veterinarian. It is crucial that the small kittens are checked to ensure that they are healthy and get the proper kitty care. Also, you can ask the vet for useful tips on how to take care of a kitten.
- Determine the Age
It is essential to know the age of the orphan kitten so you will have an idea on how to care for an abandoned kitten.
If the young cat has closed eyes, they are less than two weeks old. If the eyes of the small kittens are open and they can crawl, then they are three weeks old. A young kitten that can already walk is four weeks old.
- Provide the Kitten’s Space
Provide a space where you will be placing the kitten in your home. The ideal temperature for the room depends on the kitten's age. Younger kittens are more prone to cold, while the older ones are somewhat able to adjust on the room’s temperature.
For kittens below two weeks old, their ideal temperature would be 30 degrees Celsius. For 3 and 4 week-old kittens, it would be 25 degrees Celsius.
- Feed the Kitten
Do not give cow’s milk to a newborn kitten as it would cause diarrhea. You can't use regular powdered milk either as it would upset their stomach. You can only give the kittens milk that is recommended by a veterinarian.
If you haven’t visited the vet yet, then only give them lukewarm water for every 1 to 2 hours. Never feed the kitten while it's on its back as they would choke. Feed the cat either upright or sideways.
For kittens, 3 to 5 weeks old, their food would be wet kitten food with their milk formula, and they need to be fed every 3 to 4 hours. For 5 to 6 weeks old kittens you can give them solid food mix slightly with water. Moreover, for older than 6 week-old kittens, you can already give them solid food three times a day.
- Prepare a Litter Box
The kitten will be able to use the litter box if they are around four weeks old. The litter box must be placed in the quiet place of your home and far from the kitten's bed. Also, clean the litter box regularly, and do not use any disinfectant as it is harmful to the kitten.
- Groom the Kitten
Start grooming your kitten when they are six weeks old like clipping their claws and brushing their fur. You can only bath your kitten when they are 8 weeks old and only use the soap or shampoo for kittens.
Taking care of a stray cat may not easy, but it can be rewarding. Have you tried rescuing kittens? Do you have tips on how to take care of orphaned kittens?