There’s a new kitten in the house and you’re unsure or you’ve forgotten how to take care of the cutie. So, the basic cat necessities like bedding, food bowl etc., should be available but what is most important is the food. There are a lot of makeshifts for the other kitty essentials but when it comes to food, it’s not just quality and quantity that matters; even the method of feeding is of utmost important. So, when feeding a kitten, here are the following tips you should remember.
Before feeding a kitten, make sure you know the kitty’s age.
By knowing your kitten’s age, you can provide the appropriate food they need.
Baby kittens or those that are under a week old should be fed every 2-3 hours. When a kitten gets to 1 week up to 4 weeks old, it needs bottle-feeding every 6 hours. There are kitten formula available in pet shops and if by chance you don’t have immediate access to this product, goat’s milk is a preferred alternative. One important thing is to not feed your kitten cow’s milk as most felines are lactose intolerant. Finally, when the kitten is 5 weeks or older, wet food or cat canned food can be provided.
When you’re about to feed a kitten, follow this advice:
Kittens should be fed in an upright position: hold the kitten, stomach down, preferably on your lap or a steady comfy place that will keep him in a good position. Just note that kittens should never be on their backs when eating or drinking.
It’s also vital that your kitten’s nursing bottle is easy for the little one to suckle out of. You can also try using syringes or eye droppers if the kitty that won’t feed from bottles.
When feeding a kitten, give the appropriate food type.
Just like human babies and children have different nutrition needs, same goes for kittens. There are baby kittens who can’t consume solid food but mostly just have milk; toddler kittens that can start with soft wet food while still bottle-feeding; children kittens that need higher amount of wet food with proper cat-based nutrients and can still occasionally drink milk.
After feeding a kitten, make sure the cutie burps. Don’t forget to clean.
This is especially for baby kittens that need your support to get their burps out. Gently tap a kitten’s back to make it burp. Feeding them in the right position also helps them to naturally get that burp out. Then make sure to check your kittens’ bowel movement after feeding: discharging should happen at least once a day and urinates not long after eating. Finally, when all the feeding is done, make sure to clean any messy or soiled bedding to keep your fur babies away from ants, bacteria and the like.
This is the 4-step guideline for cat parents to follow when feeding a kitten. We hope this quick guide will help everyone start on the right foot as they care for their fur baby. Happy kitty parenting!