Baby cats are so small and fragile that you probably don’t know how to care of them. Caring for a newborn cat that is less than three weeks old is a fascinating challenge, but if you don’t know how to do it, you can make mistakes that can be fatal to the kitten.
Keep reading to learn how to take care of baby cats.
How to Take Care of your Baby Cat
HOW TO HANDLE BABY CATS
If the kitten has been on the street, wash your hands before grabbing him. Handle the kitty very gently.
If you have other pets at home, keep them away from the baby cat, and do not allow them to share food or the litter box during the first weeks.
KEEP YOUR NEW KITTEN WARM
Cats less than two weeks old cannot regulate their body temperature; you have to keep them warm. You can use a thermal pillow or a hot water bottle but never leave the cat alone.
HOW TO FEED THE BABY CAT
Never give cow milk. Buy a special substitute milk powder for cats. If it is late, and you have nowhere to go to buy it, boil some water, let it cool and give it to the kitten with the help of a syringe. In this way, it will stay hydrated.
Baby kittens eat like babies. Give the milk with the help of a feeding bottle, and test the milk on your arm to prove that it is not too hot. The milk must be at a temperature of about 37 degrees. (98.6 °F)
During the first two weeks of life, baby kittens eat every two to three hours. After two weeks, they can be spaced at three or four hours.
THE BABY CAT DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO PEE
Another of the main tasks you will have to do will be to make him pee and poo. Kittens do not know how to do it. Wet a cotton ball with warm water and rub his anal area.
KITTENS NEED A SOFT AND WARM BED
Find a comfortable and quiet place for the kitten to sleep. You can use a box and warm blankets.
HOW TO CLEAN BABY CATS
You will only need a cloth soaked in warm water to clean the baby cat. Run a cloth through its fur and pass another dry cloth.
VISIT THE VETERINARY
Try to take the kitten to the vet as soon as possible.
The specialist can check your baby cat and see if he has any parasites or other diseases.