How and what to feed a Sphynx kitten: menu by age
To properly feed a Sphynx kitten, you need to study the characteristics of the breed. Taking into account the needs of the pet, you need to decide what to feed the Sphynx kitten, that is, choose between ready-made food, natural and mixed ration.
Up to a month
At the age of one month, the kitten should receive exclusively mother’s milk, as it contains antibodies and beneficial bacteria. If the baby is deprived of maternal care, he needs to be fed artificially.
Natural menu for a Sphynx kitten under the age of one month
- Goat milk diluted with boiled water.
- Scott’s Mix for Kittens.
- Kitten Tiling Mix.
- Cat milk substitute.
- From 1.5-2 weeks. infant milk formulas “from 0” (without additives and sugar).
The daily food intake ranges from 40 to 60 ml, depending on the number of babies in the litter, individual characteristics and dimensions.
The number of feedings of a Sphynx kitten up to 2 weeks. every 2 hours, 10 times a day. From 2 to 4 weeks, kittens eat every 2-3 hours, with a night break of 4-6 hours, about 8 times a day.
A natural diet for a Sphynx kitten means:
- Feeding raw and cooked foods in pure and mixed form.
- Feeding exclusively raw foods.
- Feeding with home-made semi-finished products.
- Cheaper than comparable commercial feed.
- Calorie content can be adjusted.
- Flavoring variety.
- Take time to cook.
- You need to regularly conduct vitamin courses.
Sphynx kitten can be transferred to a natural diet from one month of age. By about 10-11 months, the pet will fully form taste preferences, therefore, during this period, you need to accustom him to useful products.
Choosing a place and utensils for feeding
Feeding is a key aspect of grooming. The choice of the place and utensils for feeding directly affects the health of the pet. While eating, the kosha should feel comfortable and safe, so while the kitten is small, make sure that he does not have to compete for food with other pets (if any).
Bowls should be comfortable, practical, and safe. The best choice is ceramic bowls, which are easy to clean and non-slip. Ceramic bowls are brittle, so stainless steel is an alternative. However, steel bowls slide when the cat eats, so it is best to place them on the supply.
At 1 month, babies open their eyes and receive the first supplement. Natural menu for a month old Sphynx kitten:
- Mother’s milk.
- Whole goat or cow milk.
- Lean beef broth.
- Boiled minced meat mixed with broth and homemade meat pate.
- Cat milk substitute or infant formula.
- If stunted. pate for emaciated kittens.
Serving size depends on the rate of formation, development and weight gain. The daily food intake ranges from 50-90 grams.
Number of feedings: 6-7 times a day, excluding breast milk.
At 4-6 months, the kitten is in the stage of active growth, in addition, the baby’s teeth are changing. Increasing requirements for nutrients and minerals, compensated by an increase in the diet.
- Whole milk, fermented milk products, cottage cheese. in large quantities.
- Boiled and raw meat without fat and bones. beef, veal, rabbit.
- Oceanic fish, lean. minced, deboned, boiled or deep-frozen.
- Beef or poultry offal, boiled, chopped.
- Chicken and quail eggs. raw, boiled, omelet (without oil). Can be mixed with vegetables or dairy products.
- Vegetables. raw, grated.
- Semi-moist feed.
- Soaked dry food.
The daily food intake ranges from 100-140 grams.
Number of feedings: 4-5 full meals and 2-3 snacks.
At 3 months, kittens usually move to a new home. To reduce the stress of moving, it is advisable not to change the kitten’s diet and feeding schedule during the first 10-14 days of life in the new home. After a period of adaptation, you can gradually transfer the kitten to the type of food of your choice.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A SPHYNX CAT
- Mother’s milk or milk substitute.
- Whole milk, fermented milk products, calcined cottage cheese.
- Boiled minced meat, raw, minced meat.
- Low-fat broth, pure or with egg.
- Raw quail eggs or chicken egg yolk. Can be mixed with curd.
- Raw grated carrots, a little green apple.
- Cat milk substitute or infant formula.
- Canned food for kittens.
- Semi-moist food for kittens.
Serving size remains unchanged, but due to the increased nutritional value, the baby stays full longer.
Do not forget that the British breed was bred almost artificially. Animals of this breed have weak immunity. Do not neglect vaccinations! In fact, this is very important. Already in the period from two to three months, you can vaccinate a kitten. This will save him from many diseases. Before visiting the veterinarian, ten days in advance, give the pet an anthelmintic drug, if after ten days no helminths are found, then you can safely make a visit to the veterinarian.
After the first vaccination, the second is done, exactly twenty-one days later. The same vaccine is administered, and after fourteen days, immunity is already being developed. Re-vaccinations are recommended every year.
How to care for a kitten 2 months
Caring for kittens 1 month means cleaning the ears, monitoring the oral cavity and rinsing the eyes. Ears that have only recently opened should be inspected every day. In the event that there is too much sulfur accumulation, then it is necessary to remove it with a damp swab. This must be done very carefully. It is worth noting that you do not need to achieve perfect sterility, because a small amount of sulfur should be in the ears so that hairs and various small debris do not penetrate there. Grooming should be regular, but not excessive. Eyes must be wiped with a gauze swab, which will be moistened with a special liquid or just boiled water.
Caring for a month-old kitten is quite difficult, as their teeth begin to erupt, they are very harmful, do not allow touching their muzzle, and sometimes they even eat poorly. But, be that as it may, the oral cavity must be examined systematically. This is necessary in order to detect the symptoms of possible inflammation in time. In the event that you notice how much the gums are reddened or slightly swollen, you need to contact your veterinarian in order to recommend a good anesthetic gel.
THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE GETTING A SPHYNX CAT
It is necessary to understand that insufficient care at the age of one month can lead in the future to serious consequences that sometimes cannot be resolved. The kitten should be constantly kept in comfort, warmth and cleanliness. You can not enter the room in outerwear, and before picking up the kitten in your arms, you must wash your hands.
Do not throw beef in one continuous piece, in the hope that he is a predator, he will figure out what to do with it. Raw beef should be cut into small pieces, or twisted into a meat grinder. Before that, it must go through a deep freeze for 24 hours, or you need to pour boiling water over it. Choose quality food for a British kitten at 2 months.
It is desirable that the canned food and feed were of the same company. This way he will get used to the feed faster.
What should not be in the diet of British kittens at 2 months old? Also a topical question. Must not be:
- Pork (fatty meat, contains a lot of bacteria, difficult to digest);
- Fish from the river (many small bones, the question of the purity of the water in which it was found, it is generally forbidden to feed raw fish);
- Onions (dangerous to cats in any form);
- Sweet (food will never be sweet);
- Salty (food is never salted);
- Smoked products;
- Dry food (they like it, but it is very harmful at this age in its pure form).
Pet weight and changes
If you have a Fold British kitten 2 months old, then pay attention to the fact that the cat does not have to jump from a height. Because the bones on their paws are very weak and are not yet strong enough for such tricks.
When the cat grows up, he will stand on his hind legs and look everywhere with curiosity.
If we look at the photo and compare in development, then in the photo of British kittens you can see that at the eighth. tenth week of life, significant changes are noticeable:
- The legs are longer and thicker;
- The tummy is not protruding so much, it has become less noticeable;
- The coat is thicker and longer.
2 month old British kitten © shutterstock
The cat no longer looks like a breast, but a grown kitten. The weight of a British kitten at 2 months should be correct. With proper nutrition, a cat has 750. 900 grams, and a 1 cat has 1.7 kilograms. Watch your cat’s weight. If your pet is not gaining weight or is losing weight, see your veterinarian. How quickly a Briton grows depends on their mom’s body weight. If the cat is large, then the kitten will gain weight faster. If you had to use hormonal drugs in the first three days from birth, then this can negatively affect its growth.
The age at which a kitten stops growing usually depends on the breed. British cats, on average, already at fifteen months complete their growth in length, their skeleton is fully formed.
Take care of your kitten, love him, remember that the time while he is a little will fly by unnoticed, leaving only memories and photos as a keepsake. The best thing about a kitten is that it will become a big, adult cat.
Getting to know all family members
Children are very fond of animals and show great interest in them. Tell your child how to properly pick up the cat in his arms, how he shows his dissatisfaction with the wagging of the tail, that you should not squeeze and drag it around the house.
Do you have another animal at home? Then you need to initially not introduce a newcomer to an old one for a couple of days. The new one will get used to it, and the old resident will already feel the appearance of the new one. At the same time, pay sufficient attention to both the first and second pets so that jealousy does not arise. Arrange a meeting with them in a few days. You need to be in the room at this moment, and each of them should have a place to retreat, in case of something. If an unwanted reaction occurs, limit contact with the animals for a couple of days and introduce them again.
Hygiene and vaccination of the animal
Brits also need to be combed out regularly. A rubber, oval brush is perfect for this job. They will not only remove excess hair, but also make a light massage, relieve static stress from the British coat. Their wool is not long, does not collect into lumps, there are no difficulties in courtship.
In winter, you need to hit the wool with a wet hand to create moisture, because the air is especially dry in proportion to the heating season, and the wool fades against its background.
You can bathe a Briton every six months with a special shampoo. Water 40 degrees. After bathing the cat, wrap it with a towel and dry it, make sure that it does not catch a cold. Every week, check the ears for cleanliness, if there is excess sulfur, carefully remove with a bathtub with a stick moistened with hydrogen peroxide.
Nutrition of British kittens at 2 months
British cats are affectionate and kind animals. They are sociable, love company, get along well with children. But they don’t like too much attention. Often ends up in a new home, a British kitten at 2 months old. Such an amazing age to acquire a baby.
He is already old enough to start learning to eat on his own. It’s time to take up his upbringing, train him to the tray, explain what is possible and what is not. But do not forget that the Briton is still very small and you need to correctly and responsibly approach the issue of his further development as a full-fledged, adult cat.
How to care for a kitten?
Welcome to your new home!
The first questions about how to care for a kitten, new owners begin when the fluffy baby is just taking the first steps in his new home. As a rule, the behavior of kittens weaned from their mother and transferred to an unfamiliar environment, during the first hours or even days, may differ significantly from usual.
So, it is not worth sounding the alarm that the baby does not dare to crawl out from under the sofa for the second hour or has arranged a “shelter” in the sideboard!
over, do not chase or scold the baby if he does something that will later be forbidden to him: he examines a closet with clean linen, walks around the dining table, sniffs a cutting board for fish, etc. “initial inspection” must be performed!
But aggression from people can be an additional shock for a kitten.!
But it is possible and necessary to make it easier for him to get used to the “new Universe”!
To do this, ask the owner-sellers at least something that is familiar to the kitten: his toy, possibly a bedding (if flea and other troubles are completely excluded), a little filler for the tray that stores the smell of feces from the kitten or his mother (this will greatly facilitate training to the tray from the first days!).
Offer him the food he is used to, even if later you plan to feed and care for the kitten differently.
Show the kitten to the veterinarian as soon as possible, even if it looks healthy. in addition to a professional examination, the veterinarian can give qualified advice on caring for the kitten, recommend vitamins and feed additives, determine what vaccinations and when to be done, etc.
- Bowls. Best of all, not plastic, but ceramic. they are heavier, which means that the kitten is unlikely to overturn them, moreover, microparticles of food “eat” into the plastic more strongly, and this is not good. In shape, the “correct” bowl should resemble a lunar crater. with sloping sides, the so-called sippy bowl. To begin with, three bowls will be enough. one, the smallest and deepest, for water, the other two. slightly larger in diameter and smaller. for food.
- Combs. In order to care for the kitten’s fur, you need a comb-comb with fine, fine teeth. Make sure that the ends of the teeth are not sharp so as not to cut the skin of the animal! For long-haired breeds, you will also need a “slicker” brush. a small rectangular brush with metal teeth, slightly curved at the ends. sometimes it will be necessary to treat with it those places where the risk of tangling is highest. tummy, chest, scruff.
- Tray filler for him
- Carrying house
- “Lezhanka”, soft “house”. To be honest, this thing is absolutely optional for the kitten himself. he can successfully choose an old woolen shawl, a piece of artificial fur from an old fur coat, etc. as his “rookery”. But nevertheless, it is necessary to provide him with something similar. cats love when they have their own personal place to sleep and rest.!
But it is not necessary to buy toys for kittens! The kitten will be very happy with everything rustling and rolling, so give him what is at hand. a rolled candy wrapper, a paper bow on a string, a walnut or chestnut, a bottle cap.
The main thing is that he cannot swallow it or get hurt.!
What and how often should kittens be fed?
There are as many theories as there are cat lovers. Tips on the question “How to take care of a kitten?” You will definitely get a wide variety of people, and not only familiar people, but also strangers, you just have to go to the forum or site for cat lovers.
Our site “Beautiful and Successful” in this sea of authoritative opinions can only describe the pros and cons of different feeding options.
There are dry and canned. Pros: it simplifies the care of the kitten. no need to worry about cooking, the food is specialized in the age and breed of the cat (for kittens up to 4 months, from 4 to a year, from one to 3 years, for long-haired, for short-haired, for the fastidious.) and contain a more or less balanced set of vitamins and minerals.
This is not about “Whiskas”. if you have already made a decision to use “artificial feeding”, then take only top-class professional feed!
If we talk about cons. tell me, what will you think of first of all, when you take a bag of Chicken and Rabbit Stew and read in tiny letters on the back that there is only 10% of meat? This is it!
In addition, cunning manufacturers add something to the food that makes the cat gobble it up by both cheeks, and condescend to meat only after a three-day hunger strike (the cheaper the food, the more pronounced this effect!).
However, some cat lovers believe that it is simply not necessary to mix feeding with regular food and specialized foods.
But, in general, such food can become a “lifesaver” in case you are just in a catastrophic hurry, and the cat is hungry.
Feeding “from your table”
Definitely the wrong way to care for a kitten!
Although very often you can hear conversations: “- I have such a fastidious cat, he doesn’t eat anything except meat and fish! So you spoiled him, here’s my soup, borscht, and stew. everything that we ourselves eat! Wow! Lucky. “. This is not true!
Cats (especially kittens) are very harmful to everything salty, smoked, fatty, fried, sweet and flour!
But, if you yourself are on a strict salt-free diet, you can treat your pet to vegetable soup without frying or steamed vegetables without oil.
Supporters of “one pot” feeding argue that the animal itself will not eat anything harmful to itself. In nature, yes. The cat will not eat spoiled meat, will not chew on a poisonous plant.
However, human cooking deceives natural instincts, just as we ourselves are not very capable of taste to appreciate the harm of a sausage in a dough or a cake with butter cream.!
When caring for a kitten, it should be remembered that feedings should not be too plentiful, but frequent: up to 2 months. 6 times a day, 2-4 months. 4 times, 4-6 months. 3 times, and an adult cat can be fed twice a day.
The cat is a predatory animal. Its nutrition should be based on meat food (and it is better to give meat more often than fish). A cat can also eat raw meat, but this entails a threat of infection with helminths, therefore, it is better for an adult cat and a kitten to boil meat and fish.
In addition to meat, the kitten’s diet should include cereals (in the form of porridge, and not in the form of pasta or loaf!) And vegetables, both raw and boiled (but not potatoes. starch is harmful to the cat’s body!).
A good lunch dish for a kitten is finely chopped boiled meat combined 2/1 with porridge or finely chopped vegetables (beets, carrots, peppers, etc.). Strangely enough, not all cats love milk. it is better to give the kitten kefir or yogurt. It is also sometimes useful to give raw eggs (for kittens. yolks shaken in milk).
Yes, such care for a kitten will require more effort and time, but who can dispute that naturalness is always better??
How to train a kitten to the litter box?
Another important aspect of caring for a kitten is hygiene. The kitten is able to ensure the purity of its skin and fur itself, bathing is necessary only in radical cases. it fled to the attic, dipped in borscht, or if there is a need to use anti-flea shampoo.
But in order to save your own house from cat’s bad manners, you must immediately start training the kitten to the tray.!
Standard procedure: you need to pour the filler brought from the old house into the tray. When the kitten feels the need to do his job, he smells his own smell and will go there.
At first, mistakes and puddles are inevitable. do not scold the baby, but immediately take it and carry it to the tray, even if the job has already been done!
If there is no old filler, place a mound of finely chopped newspaper on top of the fresh one so that the kitten has something to rustle.
Never put the tray next to bowls or sleeping area!
But, in general, it is difficult to care for a kitten only at first, and all the work is generously paid off by the love of the pet itself.!
Author. Dasha Blinova, site www.sympaty.net. Beautiful and Successful
How to care for little Sphynx kittens for months, two and one and a half months
At 1.5-2 months, Sphynx kittens can be taught to swim, brush their ears and teeth, as well as whatever you see fit. 2-month-old kitten becomes independent and can be given to “reliable, kind hands”.
Exotic kitten care
If a kitten of an exotic breed appears in the house, then a number of problems will fall on you to ensure its comfort, because the animal must have bowls for food and water, a personal toilet, a place for rest and play. In addition, you will need to stock up on all kinds of combs, scratching posts and nail clippers, eye and baby hair care products. It is not superfluous to purchase literature on the content of exotic plants, which you can refer to if necessary.
How to care for newborn kittens without a cat from birth at home
Replacing a mother cat for newborn kittens is not an easy task. And not only because for this you have to run to the vet. a pharmacy for a cat milk substitute (cow’s milk is harmful for kittens), and also because blind babies will have to feed this milk every 2-3 hours, regardless of the time of day, and so on for 2 weeks.
A six-hour night break can be done only at the 3rd week of the wards’ life.
In addition to feeding, newborn kittens need warmth, and a regular heating pad can replace the cat in this regard.
A well-fed kitten needs to be helped to defecate, for which you need to stroke his tummy, as a cat-mother does with her tongue, and then wipe his ass with a swab dipped in warm water.
And these are not all the difficulties that need to be passed until the kids get stronger and get on their feet. Therefore, if possible, it is better to find another lactating cat and invite her to adopt your babies too.
How to care for a weekly, monthly kitten
A mother cat should take care of a weekly and even one-month-old kitten. On your part, you only need to provide comfortable conditions for the feline family. place it in a warm place and prevent drafts.
A kitten older than 1 month can begin to be transferred to complementary foods from cottage cheese or egg yolk, diluted with milk. In the future, cereals and soups cooked in meat broth are gradually introduced into the pet’s diet.
A month-old baby can begin to be taught to hygienic procedures. cleaning, if necessary, eyes, ears and nose, bathing and combing fur.
Kittens how to care
The article is devoted to one of the frequently asked questions about kittens, including attention is paid to caring for them in the absence of the cat’s mother, because such a situation is not uncommon and you should immediately prepare for it.
But you should not take this and similar materials as a complete guide and a call to action, because there are many nuances, including in the treatment and feeding of kittens, which only an experienced veterinarian can help to learn about, to which you need to refer your pet for examination to identify health problems and determining strategies for proper home care.
How to care for a Persian kitten in an apartment
The kitten’s health and appearance primarily depend on how well the animal feeds. Therefore, when acquiring a new pet, discuss this issue with a veterinarian or breeder, study the recommendations of people who have experience in keeping animals of this breed.
Persian cats have weak points. eyes prone to tearing and hair, which, if combed irregularly, rolls into tangles. Try to take into account these nuances and train the kitten to courageously endure the necessary hygienic manipulations, otherwise an adult animal may not allow “to make beauty” and will have an untidy appearance.
British kittens proper home care
For proper care of kittens, you need not only bowls for water and food, spacious litter trays, but also means for treating ears, eyes and nose, shampoos and antistatic agents, massage brushes and nail clippers. It will not be superfluous to purchase a play complex equipped with a scratching post.
The sooner you teach the kitten to be patient with the necessary hygiene procedures and live according to a certain daily routine, the easier it will be when the kittens grow up and become adults.
Hygiene and grooming items
Hygiene procedures are a must for cats of all ages. Caring for a kitten includes combing the coat, cleaning the ears and eyes, and bathing. The teeth and claws of the animal are not overlooked. For all care activities, it is necessary to prepare a set of tools and means.
To maintain the cat’s fur in perfect condition, you will need combs in the form of a brush, comb, mittens. For a long-haired pet, the kit is complemented with a slicker and a collar cutter. Short-haired kittens are combed once a week, long-haired. up to three times. During molting, this procedure is repeated daily.
From detergents, they buy a hypoallergenic shampoo (preferably with a conditioner effect). When the baby reaches the age at which bathing is allowed, these hygiene items should already be ready. You can also use grooming sprays to keep the coat clean and beautiful. They clean the hair from dirt, make it easier to comb and allow you to do without water treatments.
To care for the kitten, you will need cotton pads and sticks, hydrogen peroxide. With these accessories, the ears are cleaned once a month.
How to care for 2 month old kittens
Food. Starting from the second month, the grown-up pet is transferred to a more expanded menu. It includes lean meat (beef, turkey, chicken), sea fish, dairy products, vegetables, cereals. The kitten should not be offered river fish, bones, full-fat whole milk, potatoes, pasta. Any salty, smoked, spicy dishes are also excluded.
If ready-made feeds became the choice, then they should be marked “for kittens”. The frequency of feeding during this period is 5-6 times a day. A two-month-old kitten significantly gains weight and the mark on the scales reaches 680-900 grams.
Restroom. The tray is placed in a permanent place. At this age, the kitty is still poorly oriented and has not developed the habit of going to the toilet in a certain place. Therefore, the task of the owner who cares for the kitten is to help him get used to it. For this, the pet is manually placed in a tray. To attract attention, you can use special sprays that spray directly onto the filler.
Hygiene. The procedures for caring for a kitten at 2 months remain the same. This is cleaning the auricles with cotton pads, rinsing the eyes with boiled water, combing the fur with special brushes. From two months, kittens can already be bathed. Water procedures are resorted to no more than once every 4-5 weeks.
Vaccination. Immunization starts when the cat is 2 months old. Vaccination helps to protect the still weak organism from distemper, viral, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, rabies. Some multivalent vaccines contain a chlamydia component. Before this, the pet must be treated for ectoparasites and worms.
Chipping. At 2 months old, a young cat can already be microchipped, although veterinarians believe that this can be done earlier, since the introduction of a microchip under the skin does not affect the well-being and health of the pet. A tiny microchip contains complete information about the cat: name, date of birth, address and other important data.
Caring for newborn kittens
Lounger. A newly born kitten needs round-the-clock care, especially if he is left without a cat. a mother. His “nest” should be equipped with a warm bed. For this, use a warm heating pad. It is placed in a basket or box where the baby sleeps. An alternative would be a plastic bottle filled with warm water (approximately 36-38 degrees) and wrapped in a cloth. After two weeks, the temperature is lowered to 28 degrees, after another week. to 24 degrees. It is extremely important to care for a kitten with a heated bed if it is a small sphynx or any other hairless feline.
Hygiene. At about the eighth day of life, kittens open their eyes. If this event is delayed, you should contact your veterinarian. With a simple procedure, it will help the eyelids open up. On the 14-15th day, the kittens already fully hear, and by the 20th day they begin to move independently. At this time, caring for a kitten consists of simple hygiene procedures that are aimed at preventing inflammation. If a kitten grows up without a mother, then to imitate licking it is wrapped in a damp linen cloth and the tummy is easily massaged. This massage improves the digestion of the newborn kitten and helps to go to the toilet.
Even if it is assumed that the cat will walk outside in the future, the little kitten will need a home toilet. If the grown pet does not leave the house, the litter box will remain a permanent place for him to meet his daily needs. Therefore, the toilet container should initially be easy to use and clean. All modern models of trays are divided into two types: closed and open. The design of the latter assumes the presence or absence of filler.
Open trays with a grid are not filled with absorbent material. They allow you to save on filler. But such toilets require timely cleaning, otherwise the air in the house accumulates a specific smell. If the container is filled with filler, then the problem partially disappears, since most materials have adsorption properties.
Closed trays look like a house. For them, special fillers are used that absorb the smell of urine and do not leave marks on the paws. A closed toilet is convenient in the home, as it looks aesthetically pleasing and does not create problems caused by the unpleasant odor from cat feces. A characteristic feature of a closed tray is its large size, so it can be difficult to find a place for it in an apartment. Another conditional disadvantage of such products is the high price.
The kid needs to be toilet trained from the first days of life in the house, postponing this moment of upbringing until “later” can create unwanted problems.
Before you bring a newborn or grown up kitten home, you should purchase a litter tray, food bowls, scratching posts, toys, grooming tools, bedding, and carrier. Most of these items will be needed for caring for an adult cat, so you should take a responsible approach to their choice.
Caring for a kitten without a cat at home
When a small kitten appears in the house, he needs to be helped to adapt to the new conditions. The psychological comfort and health of the baby depends on this. To make the life of a fluffy pet go without problems, a set of essentials is being prepared for it. Great importance is attached to hygienic procedures, good nutrition, timely vaccination. Taking care of a kitten is easy if you follow all the rules of keeping recommended by veterinarians.
Caring for one month old kitten
Food. By the fifth week, the kitten already weighs 240-260 grams. For weight gain to be physiological, the feeding interval should be 3-4 hours from the fourth week. Food is only served during the day. The diet of a month-old kitten, in addition to milk, includes lean beef, turkey, canned food for kittens, vegetable puree. All solid ingredients must be grinded to a homogeneous state, because babies are not yet able to chew food.
Restroom. At 1 month, you can put a tray next to the bed. It is necessary to place the baby in a container after each meal. For starters, you can put disposable absorbent diapers in the tray. After a while, filler is poured instead of them. It is important to ensure that the kitten does not eat lumps and pellets from the tray.
Hygiene. You can’t bathe your month-old cat yet. Care procedures consist of regular examination and rinsing of the eyes and ears. To do this, use a cotton pad dipped in warm water. Sometimes kittens have watery eyes in the morning. If there are no suspicious purulent impurities in the discharge, then ordinary washing with water is sufficient.
When caring for a small kitten, you should pay attention to the gums. If they are red and swollen, a teething gel should be used.
Firstly, the toy should not be too small, otherwise an inexperienced kid may swallow it. Secondly, only light objects that a weak kitten can move are suitable for the game. Thirdly, the product should not be too hard so that the growing cat does not break its teeth when biting it.
If the kitten has to play alone, purchase sound toys for him. they will create a sense of feedback.
Caring for a month-old kitten without a cat
At 1 month old, the kitten has not yet matured physically and psychologically, barely learned to stand on its paws and is not adapted to solid food, which means that it is not ready for separation from its mother. If, nevertheless, such a crumb came to you “by the will of fate”, please note that it requires special care. In this article, we will look at how to care for a month-old kitten without a cat: what to feed, how to toilet train and instill social skills.
Warning: hazardous filler
Be careful about filling the tray. The clumping option is convenient for owners, but poses a potential threat to monthly kittens. The fact is that unintelligent crumbs taste everything in the world and run the risk of swallowing the contents of the toilet. When wet in the mouth or stomach, the granules form a tight lump, and if it is large, it can clog the digestive tract.
During the transition period, you can use disposable diapers or wood litter that does not form lumps. There are also trays with lattice that do not need fillers. But this solution is only suitable for those owners who are ready to clean the cat litter several times a day.
Feeding a kitten at 1 month
“The kittens have grown a little, but they don’t want to eat from the saucer.”. I recall the once popular nursery rhyme. In fact, fluffy crumbs are ready for their first feeding just at the age of 4-5 weeks, so you should immediately teach them to eat without a nipple. If the baby flatly refuses to eat from the bowl, feed him with a syringe. The size of the kitten’s stomach is small, so you will have to feed at least 4-5 times a day.
Make sure your baby does not overeat. This can cause regurgitation, diarrhea, and bloating. Cubs found on the street and starving are especially prone to overeating. To understand how much food you need, it is best to weigh the pet, and then determine the optimal daily calorie intake at the rate of 20 kcal per 100 g of weight.
It is not recommended to wash cats for up to two months, as a fragile body can be damaged by sudden temperature changes. Caring for a kitten for 1 month without a cat means regular cleaning of the ears, rinsing the eyes and monitoring the condition of the oral cavity.
Discharge from the eyes and excess sulfur from the ears should be removed with a sterile cotton swab moistened with boiled water or special drops. If the baby’s gums are severely reddened and swollen, take him to the veterinarian for examination and ask him to prescribe a gel that eliminates pain during teething.
Animals picked up on the street must be dewormed. It is recommended to do this only after examination in the veterinary clinic and the exclusion of a number of diseases. For the procedure, choose an anthelmintic agent that is appropriate for the age of the pet, preferably in the form of a suspension. We talked about how to correctly give medicine to a cat.
As soon as the pet comes into the house, immediately equip it with a cat litter box. An open-type tray with low sides is best suited: a new tenant will be able to climb into it on his own. To quickly achieve the desired effect, place the crumbs yourself in the tray after eating.
About introducing complementary foods
As soon as the baby adapts to the new place, gradually accustom him to adult food. If in the future you plan to convert it to full-feed industrial feed, they should be offered first. It should definitely be a premium or super premium product suitable for this age. Dry food must first be soaked.
If you are an adherent of natural feeding, keep in mind that monthly kittens cannot properly chop food, so you will have to do it yourself first. To avoid intestinal disorders and allergic reactions, it is better to give young animals hypoallergenic meats (beef, lamb, turkey), you can use ready-made canned meat for baby food. Use pork, fish, chicken and eggs with care, observing the reaction.
It is permissible to add a little vegetable puree to meat dishes, but it is categorically impossible to feed a loaf, cereals and pasta: even very tiny cats are still predators, and their digestive system is not suitable for digesting plant foods. Read more about this in our article.
How much and how often to give formula
When the baby begins to eat solid food, milk volume can be reduced while maintaining the total daily calorie intake. If the introduction of complementary foods goes well, one feeding can be completely replaced with ready-made feed or meat.
Table of norms of milk formula for a kitten at 1 month without a cat
|Body weight, g||Recommended daily calorie content, kcal||The volume of the mixture per day (with a caloric content of 0.74 kcal / ml), ml||Approximate stomach volume, ml||Number of feedings per day|