The most complete feeding guide for one-month-old kittens (Part 1)
Because I received a lot of related private messages, I didn’t find a detailed tutorial on how to feed a one-month-old kitten on the Internet, so I sorted out an issue overnight to talk about the matters needing attention in feeding a one-month-old kitten.
- What should I do when I meet a kitten?
If the kitten is in a relatively hidden place, several of them are sleeping together, and they are not screaming at the top of their lungs, most of them are brought by the mother cat. If they have no experience in raising the kitten or are not prepared to bring the mother cat together, they should not touch the kitten casually. Otherwise, if the kitten is stained with human odor, the cat mother is very likely to abandon it.
When we’re sure the kitten needs help, we rescue it. If you can’t feed, you can publish information on the platform, but you need to carefully distinguish whether the adopter is reliable or not, and do not rule out being adopted and abused.
- Judging the health state of the milk cat
Observe whether the kitten’s eyes, mouth, nose, ears, and body are clean and whether there are obvious wounds. If there is any abnormality, it is recommended to send it to the hospital immediately. There is no way to wipe it gently with baby wipes first. It is better not to take a bath easily. Once it is not handled properly, it is very easy to die. If the milk cat has a small number of fleas that can be caught by hand, it is difficult to ensure complete death by pinching them with nails. If you have a lot of fleas, you can spray them on paper towels or gloves, evenly wipe them on the milk cat (avoid mouth, nose, and eyes), and then fix them for a period of time to prevent licking.
- Keep warm After receiving the kitten, the first thing is to keep the kitten warm. Newborn kittens have poor thermoregulation and need their mothers to maintain their body temperature. Hypothermia can be life-threatening. Within a week, kittens should ensure that their ambient temperature is 32 degrees, and then slowly drop to about 21 degrees. Warm air conditioning cannot be replaced!
Heat preservation tools can be electric blankets, heat preservation lamps, and hot water bags, in addition to heat preservation lamps need to be wrapped with dry cloth, cannot directly contact the milk cat, otherwise it is easy to scald.
There should be two areas in the nest, the hot area and the low-temperature area. If the cat is hot, it will climb to the low-temperature area by itself, and if it is cold, it will climb back by itself. The box must be at a height that the milk cat can’t climb out.
Excessive heat preservation may lead to constipation and dehydration, oliguria, yellow urine, and lack of elasticity in the back of the neck.
- Judge the size of the kitten
Newborn kitten, eyes not open, umbilical cord not detached
At the age of one week, the eyes were not opened and the umbilical cord fell off
Two weeks old, open eyes, eyes have a blue membrane, can crawl.
Three weeks old, teeth pointed, ears half standing, able to walk
Four weeks old, long fangs, ears fully erect, able to run
The body weight of a one-week-old cat is generally about 125 G, that of a two-week-old cat is about 250 G, that of a three-week-aged cat is about 375 G, and that of a four-week-aged cat is about 500 G. A male cat is heavier than a female cat, Weight cannot be used as a complete basis for judging age, because most of the kittens are malnourished when they are asked for help, and they may be underweighted.
- Care supplies for milk cats
Goat milk powder, if not available for the time being, can be replaced by lactose-free milk. The first choice of feeding tools is a special bottle for pets, followed by a needle tube with a needle pulled out. If you don’t have one, you can also use a straw or an eyedrop bottle.
Standing medicines: probiotics (for soft stool), montmorillonite powder (for emergency diarrhea), simethicone (for flatulence), glucose (for emergency and water replenishment)