Raising healthy kittens is a time-consuming exercise that involves careful planning, preparation, and care. This is reflected in their increased vulnerability at this age, with an average of 9% dying before 8 weeks of age. Understanding how to care for them will ensure that they grow up to be healthy adult cats.
1.feeding pregnant cats
Proper care of the mother cat is essential for a healthy pregnancy. The normal gestation period for cats is 63 to 65 days. During this time, cats require increased levels of nutrients that are not present in normal adult cat food.
Malnutrition can mean that kittens are born with a low birth weight and may also put them at risk of developing other health conditions.
2.Socialization of mother and kittens
Once the kittens are born, it is important that both mother and kittens are socialized with people. This will ensure that they will trust humans and grow into friendly and confident adult cats. Just remember that small children should not be left unsupervised with small kittens.
The kittens’ first few weeks of life should include some interaction with people, although try to avoid introducing them to other pets such as the family dog until they are able to walk on their own. .
In cases where the mother may be absent or has stopped feeding the kittens very early, you will need to be more proactive about the kittens’ nutrition. This means you will need to use a kitten milk substitute such as De Vetellect.
Cat milk replacer provides essential nutrients in an easily digestible form. This will likely require hand-feeding the kitten via syringe.
4.Ideal Temperature for Kittens
For new-born kittens, it is important that they always have a warm place to sleep and cuddle. If the mother is not around, keeping the kittens warm during the day and night will be a priority. The room temperature should be between 25 to 27 degrees Celsius. A cozy nesting area with bedding and a heating mat is also the best solution for keeping kittens warm on cold days and nights.