Saving lives of rescued kittens
Spring and summer are the seasons for kittens. Chances are you may stumble upon a kitten nest. Being a pet lover you may bring kittens to your home. Here are the things you can do to save the life of young kittens. feeding kittens to burping them, all you need to know.
The place to keep kittens
Keep the kittens in a cardboard box lined with your T-shirts and covered with a blanket. This is done to keep them warm. Kittens are prone to suffer from hypothermia even during summer or spring. It is better to keep a warm bottle beside them in the cardboard box.
Heating the kittens
The kittens are wrapped in a towel that was heated in a dryer. kittens may be put inside t-shirt to provide your body heat. While they are inside your shirt, their body is massaged gently to increase blood circulation.
Pet heating pads for cats are also used to keep the kittens warm.
Rescued kittens may be too young to feed on kitten food. Bottle feeding might be necessary. Kittens generally nibble solid foods at 3-4 weeks of age.
How to bottle feed the kittens
Obtain a pet nurser bottle from a pet store or your veterinarian. Use fine scissors or a hot
needle to make a hole in the nipple. The hole should be big enough that formula will slowly
drip out if the bottle is held upside-down and gently squeezed. The nipple should not collapse
when the baby is sucking.
Warm the bottle in a cup of hot water. Always test the formula before giving it to the babies.
Taste it to be sure it is not sour. Do not use a microwave oven to heat the bottle as it may not
heat evenly – some areas of the bottle can be scalding hot.
overfeeding problems that begin with diarrhea and end with dehydration. One way to tell whether you’re
consistently feeding too much is the appearance of a grayish stool. On the other hand, a kitten who is
not fed enough will cry continuously, appear restless and then listless.
Before you begin feeding, weigh the kitten using the scale in your kitten kit. Record this weight. Then,
place your kitten on its stomach on a towel, so they can grip the towel with their nails. Lift their head
to a 45-degree angle. Squeeze a small drop of formula on the tip of the nipple. Insert the nipple into
their mouth (you may have to open their mouth for them). The angle will help keep air from entering
the stomach and will keep milk at the front of the nipple. Never hold the kitten on their back or in
the air when you feed them.
When your kitten is full, their tummy will be slightly rounded and bubbles will form around their
mouth. If the kitten has not eaten enough on its own,
carefully syringe the rest of the food to the kitten. This should be a slow process allowing the kitten to
swallow. Weigh the kitten again to make sure they are now at the appropriate post-feeding weight.
Burping your Kitten
Just like human babies, kittens need to be burped. Hold the kitten up against your shoulder, pat and
rub gently on their back. Not all kittens will burp every time. If the kitten did not finish her bottle, you
can offer it again.
Stimulating your Kitten
Kittens younger than 3 weeks of age cannot eliminate by themselves – they need your help. After
feeding and burping the kitten, take a cotton ball or washcloth moistened with warm water and
gently rub over the kitten’s stomach and bottom. The action mimics a mother cat’s licking and
stimulates the kitten to relieve themselves. Kittens need to be stimulated to eliminate after every
meal. Watch for diarrhea. Normal infant stool is loose but should not be watery.
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