How To Raise A Kitten
If you need to raise a kitten then you should understand how to raise a kitten right. It is easy, but there are a few things to note if you want to raise your kitten right. Gather these supplies and follow these tips to raise your kitten to six weeks of age successfully. These aspects apply to a kitten that has no natural mother present. Note that a kitten that has a mother does not need help. In that case, just help the mother by providing a safe and warm spot to nest her kittens.
What you need to raise a kitten:
- heating pad set on low
- box for a nest
- blanket and heating pad
- kitten milk replacement
- kitten bottles
- twenty cans of wet kitten food
- one small tin
- warm wash rag
- litter box or small tin
- cat litter
- When you raise a kitten, you need to have tons of love and patience. If you know the age of your kitten, then you are ahead of the game. If you don't, then be sure to visit your vet for advice. If the cat is around zero to four weeks, then you have to feed them.
- Take the kitten replacement milk and place it the kitten bottle. You need to provide four ounces of kitten replacement milk to the kitten. Now, place the nipple on the bottle. Make sure to place the bottle in the center of the mouth so the kitten suckles properly. Also, ensure that the kitten drinks this milk eight times a day. Watch the kitten for hunger cues. Like a human baby, don't over feed them.
- Now that your kitten is fed, she will become naturally sleepy. The best kitten nest for their sleepy time is a box or plastic container that has enough room around the heating pad for the kitten to lay down. Set the box or container on the floor. Now place the heating pad that is set on low inside of the box or container. On top of the heating pad, place a blanket. Now, set the sleepy kitty on top of the blanket, and they will happily sleep.
- When the cat wakes up, you need to help your kitten to move their bowels and empty their bladder. The mother cat normally does this for the kitten. Since mom is not around, you have to help them do this. This is done by taking the wash rag and wetting it, then gently rubbing over the anus and urethra of the kitten. It stimulates urination and defecation. This must be done for the first four weeks until the kitten is potty trained.
- At four weeks, you want to potty train the kitten. This is done by taking a tin and filling it with a bit of cat litter. Gently place the cat inside of the potty box. Talk gently to the cat and praise them for the act of being in the potty box. Gently take their paw and scratch the litter to show them in "catese" what this box is for. The kitten knows certain behaviors innately and will understand that paw scratched on something means "where we defecate and mark our spot."
- Also, at four weeks you want to introduce the kitten to solid food. It is important to note that the kitten should still have regular feedings of the kitten replacement milk. Place a bit of wet cat food in a small tin. Allow the kitten to explore and smell it. Place a bit of wet kitten food on the tip of your finger. Now rub that on its lips. The kitten will taste the food and eventually begin to eat the food. It is important to note that the kitten will take time to acclimate to this form of eating. Take it slow.
Remember that you have to be loving and gentle. Never yell or hit, even in jest. Keep children away from a kitten if they are unable to understand how to properly behave. Love and care is how you raise a kitten. Provide them with their physical needs and love them gently as they grow into strong and healthy cats.