Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bottle Feeding A Kitten

Hand Feeding And Bottle Feeding

image of a kitten feedingSometimes you come across a kitten that was abandoned by the mother or something may have happened to the mother and you end up with a whole litter of cats that need to be feed and are not able to eat on their own.  You have to feed them and keep them warm so they can live and grow up.
 Keeping them warm is not hard and if you have a whole litter then they keep each other warm, feeding becomes the issue.  A good pet store will have what you need to feed the kitten or you can get it online. Being a cat lover myself I get everything I need except the milk online and have it on hand in case one of these little babies need help, then when the time comes I get the milk at a local place.

Amount To Feed Kittens

  • Kittens under 4 ounces: 1/2 teaspoon per feeding, every 2 hours
  • Kittens that are 4-8 ounces: 2-4 tablespoons per day, every 3 hours
  • Kittens 8-24 ounces: 6-10 tablespoons per day, every 4 hours.

You may not have an ounce scale on hand, I have a food scale that goes to 1 pound in ounces that I use. You can get one of these or go by you instincts with what you think they need, never force them to eat.
  It may be easier to use the syringe when they are smaller but you have to be careful and let them take it in slowly. I prefer the bottle because they take it in as they want it.   


Best Milk To Use

Always let the mother nurse if possible, if you have to do this never give them cows milk. I know you hear kittens like milk but cows milk is bad for them, most cats are lactose intolerant.
 When buying cats milk I will get the powdered and mix it as needed, it lasts the longest. Never heat the milk in a microwave, it can get to hot very fast when dealing with such small amounts. I feel the vitamins are damaged in the milk by the microwave also, my personal belief but I feel better. Heat the bottle in water like you do a baby's bottle. Make sure it is warm and not hot then feed the baby.

Kitten Massage

It is important to teach the kitten how to relieve itself, the mother does this by cleaning or licking the babies. On kittens less then four weeks of age and especially less then two weeks of age you need to caress their genital area so they can pass waste. I do this before and after every feeding, I gently message their genital area and lower belly. I like when they go because I know they went, the trick is to do it over a towel for easy clean up and not to make a new fashion statement. They are so cute when little but need around the clock care, you have to remember they are babies and very fragile.

Feeding times

Kittens O–2 weeks need 10 feeds in 24 hours or about every 2.2 hours
Kittens 2–4 weeks need 7 feeds in 24 hours or about every 3.5 hours.
Kittens 4–5 weeks need 5 feeds in 24 hours or about every 5 hours.

This calls for a serious commitment by the person that is caring for the babies, you have to feed them at these times.

It is important to make sure they are kept warm, this helps them to sleep and digest. It keeps them from getting sick or being at risk of hypothermia. 

Kittens Vaccinations   

It is important for a kitten to be vaccinated after it stops feeding on it's mothers milk. Mom's milk has colostrum and protects the kitten, once the kitten stops feeding on the mother's milk it needs to be vaccinated within 2 weeks.

It is best to not try to feed a newborn unless you have experience, if there is no other choice then do what you can to save the baby, You have many resources online to use for help. An older kitten that is 3 or more weeks is easier to start with, there are some situations where the kitten may have been alone too long to save so you do beat yourself up if you lose one.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kitten Present, Puppy Present ? A bad Idea!!

              Would you give an animal as a present?

I think this is a bad idea unless you are giving it to your child and you accept it and the responsibility to care for it. If you give the animal to someone that did not want it or was not ready to take on the responsibility to care for it the animal could end up being mistreated or not cared for properly. It could even end up injured or in the pound.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cat Ownership

                            Getting A Kitten

When you decide to get a kitten you have to be sure because you are taking a big step, you are becoming responsible for another life. You have to care for it and make sure it is happy and healthy for it's entire life.  These are not throw away animals that you get because they are little and cute then you get rid of them when they grow up.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ideas For The Home Shared With A Pet

                                           Sharing Your Home

   When you make the decision to take an animal you become responsible for it and I am a believer that we need to give them a good life. We take the animal into our homes and have to share the living space with them, this can make for some interesting solutions on how to live with an animal.
Small Kittens are so cute

Monday, April 6, 2015

What Kind Of Worms Do Cats Get?

When your cat gets fleas there are several things you can do, when it gets worms all you can do is treat her for it. You can take him/her to the doctor
cats playing together
and pay that bill and then buy the medicine or you can get the medicine yourself and treat the animal without paying the vet bill. Your pet should go to the vet anyway, talk about preventative options and what you can do to make sure you animal remains healthy.

 I treat my cat and use preventative measures the vet told me was safe, the only thing I have not done was get her fixed. She stays inside and has no chance of having babies.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

How To Take Care Of A Cat

                                  Caring For Cats

 When you get a cat you are taking on a big responsibility, you need to know how to take care of a cat. Cats are cute and lovable, there is nothing cuter then a kitten playing. They are also your responsibility for the rest of their life when you get one, you have to ensure the cat food, livable conditions and medical attention if it needs it.

  I came across a kitten that was on it's way to the pound and I did not want to see it start it's life there, especially where I live because we have a kill shelter. When we saw each other it was meant to be, I still had to consider if I could care for it and give it a good life. I struggle sometimes but make sure she gets what she needs at all times. I made a responsible decision and to be a cat owner you have to do the same.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Learn Why Cats Meow

     The Cats Meow  

  To know why cats meow you have to understand that cats communicate with their owners or friends, their meow is one way how they accomplish this.
A cats meow has many meanings depending on what she is trying to express, their meow along with their actions can express exactly what they want.

 Once you know the cat and how it acts it is easy to tell what it is saying to you. You may think this is strange, I can tell what my cat wants or is saying most of the time. I have been told that the cat has me trained well, maybe that is the case with some people. My cat has a schedule and if I do not stick with it she will let me know, she has a way to tell me things and a way to remind me or get my attention. The funniest and most impressive thing she does is yell at me.