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How to Care for an Abandoned Kitten?

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How to Feed an Abandoned Kitten?

Contrary to popular belief, cow’s milk or baby milk formula are not suitable for a kitten. It is recommended to get kitten milk replacer, a bottle, and a nipple. The dosage may vary depending on the product, so refer to the packaging for instructions on preparing the milk. It is advised to offer 4 to 6 bottles per day to your kitten. Your kitten can be weaned at around 4 weeks old. For their well-being, it is recommended to spread the weaning period over the following 4 weeks. You can seek advice from a veterinarian to determine the most appropriate frequency for the bottles and to guide you in transitioning to solid kitten food.

How to Care for an Abandoned Kitten

Caring for an Abandoned Kitten

When bottle-feeding a kitten, it is advisable to use sterilized equipment. The first bottle feeding can be a delicate moment. If the kitten refuses the first feeding, you can entice them by using a spoon to give them a few drops of milk. They will more easily accept the nipple afterwards. Digestive problems can be dangerous for a kitten and may lead to diarrhea or poisoning. To minimize the risks, it is ideal to gently massage their belly for 1 to 2 minutes. This will aid in digestion.

Grooming an Abandoned Kitten

During the first few weeks of life, a kitten is vulnerable to parasites and diseases that can endanger their life. However, they are not yet capable of cleaning themselves or using a litter box, as it is usually the mother’s role to take care of their hygiene. An abandoned kitten requires you to take care of their cleanliness. It is recommended to clean them daily using a damp cloth. Pay special attention to the area around the anus to ensure proper hygiene. Around 12 weeks old, you can start introducing them to using a litter box.

Why is it important to keep a kitten warm?

The first four weeks of life are delicate for an abandoned kitten as they have difficulty maintaining their body temperature. Their body temperature is only around 35.5°C, while an adult cat’s temperature ranges from 38 to 39°C. A kitten that cannot cuddle up against their mother may catch a cold-related illness. A significant drop in body temperature can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is recommended to keep the kitten in a warm room without drafts, in a basket lined with towels. Be cautious with water: it is advised not to leave a water bowl that they could spill, as it could cause a drop in their body temperature. It is also recommended to hold the kitten against your body for ideally 2 to 3 hours per day to provide them with human warmth.

Medical Care for an Abandoned Kitten

An abandoned kitten is very fragile, especially if found abandoned on the street or in nature, and if you are unaware of their age and how long they have been on their own. It is common for them to require medical attention. Therefore, it is recommended to promptly take the kitten to a veterinarian who can assess their health and determine their age. A second visit will be necessary between 4 and 6 weeks of age to vaccinate your kitten.

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- Mahatma Gandhi

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