What To Do When You Have A Small Kitten
Small kittens are cute and adorable but do not know how to properly care for them. You can easily get fed up of constantly being told “no” by your vet when it comes to feeding your kitten. Feeding your kitten’s is the biggest responsibility you can have as a cat owner and is not as easy as most people think it is. Not only are kittens very messy eaters, they also are very unmindful of how their litter boxes look. I remember when I brought home my first small kitten I put him in a plastic cat box. He refused to go there for a few weeks and then I realized that he had the mentality that if he stood near his litter box, then he would get his food.
If you are new to raising small kittens, be aware that they can develop allergies to fleas and other insects. My little one developed an allergy to the flea bite on her bottom after she was weaned. There was no way I could get her back then, so I avoided bringing home any fleas or insect bites. I did however keep her on a flea-free diet for the first week or two after she came home from the shelter. This helped immensely with her allergy problem. I also made sure that her bedding was kept as clean as possible and this helped her greatly in ridding herself of the fleas and bugs.
Kittens should not be left outside in inclement weather. In addition to them not gaining the needed body heat in the winter months, cats that stay outdoors during cold weather will often get sick because of the cold. A small kitten will need to be in a warm dark cat house or doghouse with a good supply of fresh water at all times. They should never be left without a good amount of clean water at all times.
It is important that kittens are not allowed to go outside unless you are taking them outside to play, which really only happens during the warmer weather. So, when you think your kitten might be hungry or dehydrated do not leave her unattended, make sure to feed her regularly with high quality kitten chow. Also keep her well watered while playing in the sand as kittens do not tend to swallow water well or eat much food while playing in the sand. This problem can easily be solved by keeping a couple of buckets of water by her litter.
Bottle Feeding – If you decide to bottle feed your kitten here are a few tips on doing it properly. Always monitor the temperature of the nest box to make sure your kitten has been getting enough nutrition. Also, ensure that you have replaced the water bottle after every feeding. If you find your kitten is not eating, change to a different brand of formula every 2 3 hours. Also, check the consistency of the formula as it should be very soft and moist enough to wet her fur.
The final tip on providing good cat care for kittens is that you should gradually introduce new things into their lifestyle, such as new cat litter boxes, food and water dishes, and toys. Start slowly and do some trial and error to find what your kitten’s favorite food is, then gradually move on to new dishes and toys. By gradually introducing new things to your kitten’s life you will be ensuring they are healthy, happy, and safe. Small kittens do not have quite as strong of a bond as adult cats, so you should not force them to take to your house, rather you should try and build a bond with them gradually.