How to Care for a Baby Cat
Maybe you found him on the street without his mother, or maybe you just adopted him, and he recently stopped breastfeeding. In this article, we will tell you how to take care of a baby cat so you can offer everything you need.
Tips for caring for an orphan baby cat
Caring for a baby cat less than three weeks old is a challenge since the animal requires all kinds of attention. With dedication, much love and softness can survive even if you don’t have your mother by your side.
1. Maintain body temperature
When the kittens are born they spend the whole day next to the mother’s womb. In addition to feeding, this closeness allows them to stay warm. Therefore, you must offer everything you need so that its temperature does not decrease, especially at night, since it is not yet able to regulate body heat.
You can wrap it in a blanket or use a thermal pillow. Even if you have other pets you can ‘use’ them as babysitters to give them warmth (and also affection). Otherwise, if the kitten keeps crying or shaking and has cold pads, wrap it in your lap.
2. Do not give ‘common’ milk
A very common mistake when we find a baby kitten is to heat milk from the fridge and give it to her. This liquid is not good for your health, because it does not have the necessary nutrients and can even cause stomach problems such as diarrhea or vomiting.
In pet stores, they sell powdered formula milk, which replaces the mother’s milk. If you don’t get it, give it warm water with a syringe. Then you should give the milk with a bottle and that the liquid is at 37 °C. Remember to be fed every three hours!
3. Teach him to make his needs
Among the main tasks to take care of an orphan baby, the cat is to teach him to do his needs. The mother would be in charge of stimulating them by licking the belly and surroundings. In your case, just wet a cotton ball with warm water and run through the genitals and anus.
Another of the things you should do is clean your mother’s way, with a cloth soaked in warm water. Run it through your fur very carefully and dry it well so you don’t get sick.
Tips for caring for a weaned baby cat
After four weeks of life, kittens stop feeding on breast milk. They have already opened their eyes and know how to do their needs, but they still have a lot to learn. If you have adopted an already weaned baby cat, follow these tips:
1. Give him special food
In pet stores, they sell feed for baby cats, which are more tender than adults and contain other nutrients or ingredients. They also have a suitable size for your smallmouth.
Arm yourself with patience and gradually give him food. At first, they will not know what to eat or that they should chew it. You may have to give it one by one and in the mouth. Then he will get used to it alone.
2. Take it to the vet
It does not matter if you have adopted him from a shelter, if he is the son of a cat from someone you know or if you have found him on the street … All cats need a visit to the vet when they are babies.
The professional will review it, give you all vaccinations and give you some advice about your care and diet. In this way, the animal will not get sick and live for many years. Also, you can take the opportunity to check if it is of any specific race and its care: Siamese, Persian, etc.
3. Avoid home hazards
If you had never had a pet, let alone a cat, your home may not be suitable for an animal. Don’t worry because you can improve it with just a few changes.
To begin with, no open windows or free access to terraces or balconies. Until the cat does not get used to just walking everywhere he monitors what areas he visits.
Another very important issue is hiding electrical wires, small objects (such as pens), medications or cleaning supplies. Cats are very skilled and can open doors or drawers, so don’t trust.
Close the lid of the garbage can and the toilet. Do not leave the door open in the room or bathroom – or the environment you do not want to enter – and pay attention to the plants: some of them can be toxic to cats.
Caring for a baby cat is not a simple task, but it is also not impossible. You just have to offer what you need and avoid getting hurt or breaking everything at home.