Kitten Care . So you’ve got some brand new kittens! Congratulations! Baby kittens are quite cute, and if you decide to retain one or more of them, you will have a lot of fun and enjoyment throughout the years.
Recently, our cat gave birth to three kittens, and we’ve decided that we’re going to keep all of them. My personal experience has shown me that the greatest way to learn is via doing, and as a result, the following post will provide you with some useful information on what to anticipate in the first four weeks after the birth of your kittens.
They should start nursing as soon as they are born, and they will remain close to the mother cat for the first several days of their lives. Because kittens are unable to maintain their body heat for the first few weeks of their lives, it is important for them to remain near to their mother so that they may be fed, protected, and kept warm. During the first two to three weeks of their lives, the mother cat should spend around 70 percent of her time feeding her kittens. If all goes according to plan, she won’t be leaving them very much. When she does, it will be to feed, take care of business, and stretch. Maintain the provision of clean water and food, and always keep it close at hand. Kitten food is particularly beneficial for nursing moms since it provides additional calories and nutrients, both of which are necessities for the growing kittens.
During the first week of their lives, it is okay to hold the kittens, but you should only do so for brief periods of time. Make sure they have plenty of time to become used to your fragrance as well as being around other people. Because the mother cat will be highly protective of her babies for several weeks, it should only take a few minutes each day to create a link between the kitten and the person and to socialise the kittens.
You may anticipate more of the same throughout the second week. The kittens will continue to remain near to their mother, but when she is not around, they will sleep cuddled up against one other for the purpose of maintaining their body temperature and obtaining comfort. They will start to move around a little bit more, but they will not be able to walk and they are deaf and blind. They will spend the most of their time sleeping. They will gradually start to open their eyes, although their vision will not be very good at first.
After the third week, their eyes should be almost completely open, but they will keep their blue colour for several more weeks after that. They continue to have trouble hearing and have restricted movement. They won’t nurse as much, but they won’t do much else but eat and sleep, either. However, they will start to take a few shaky steps forward in their development as walkers.
When we reach the fourth week, all of the exciting stuff will finally start! They will have their eyes open completely, they will be able to hear, they will be able to walk effectively, and they may even be able to run a little bit. They will start to get curious about the world around them and will show an interest in playing with various types of toys.
They will be playing with each other, and it will look like they are being harsh with one other, but their play is instinctive for them, and it is necessary. They may look as though they are sucking their paws, but in reality, this is a type of play, and it’s quite cute! During this fourth week, they will spend a lot of time biting, swatting, tumbling over each other, and exploring. You may derive a lot of pleasure from simply watching them play and participating with them through various games and toys.
It is possible to start offering the kittens canned cat food during this week, although it is likely that they will not show any interest for several more weeks. For the first six to eight weeks of their lives, their mother will continue to be the only source of sustenance they get.
Your new kittens will go through a period of rapid development and change throughout the first four weeks of their lives. It is incredible to think that in only a few short weeks, this little boy went from being entirely helpless, immobile, deaf, and blind to being able to see, hear, run, jump, and play. Have a wonderful day getting to know your new little feline friends!