Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How to raise a baby kitten

I decided to make this page because i recently found a baby kitten left alone in my garden. Working on my garden i poured some water over some plants and then i little meow chorus started coming from inside the plants.. it was so funny at first i thought it was some baby birds squeaking, but when i decided to take a look inside the plant, right there on the ground layed 3 baby kittens. There couldnt be more than 1 week old because they were tiny and their eyes were closed, and they usually open their eyes only after week 2.
Since they were all wet and muddy i decided to clean them up a bit and place them in a box in the garden... i left it in a safe place hoping the mom would see me and know where the kittens were.
Your probably asking how did i end up with one of the kittens? well i left the babies and went to check on them later on in the day, around 4 pm and two of the babies had dissappeared, i figured the mom took them somewhere else.. ok so i see only the smallest calmer one is still in the box.. i decided to come back later...
so i came back around 7 at night and saw the kitten was still there trembling and since it looked like it would rain i decided to take him inside...and then he stayed...

I decided to look up what food could i give to him since the mom is a wild cat and would not let me touch her.. also it looked like she abandoned him so i was determined to feed him something that would save his life.
Ok first i must say i never had a cat before, i had dogs, birds, but never a cat so i was totally "ignorant" of anything to do with a cat and much less with a kitten.
Searching up on the internet i found that u could make some homemade milk replacers because regular cow's milk is a big NO NO. Contrary to what everyone thinks, cats are intolerant to cow milk and specially babies could die from a dieherrea if u feed them, it also doesnt have the amount of protein it needs to make the kitten grow up healthy. Since its impossible to find a vet in my country that sells Cat milk replacer formula i looked up and found some homemade recipes that will work just fine.

                                          me feediing my baby...yuum he liked it!

I found out 4 different milk formulas u could feed a kitten, but this one is the one that i went for and so on my baby is growong strong and healthy.

Kitten Milk Replacement Homemade Formula:
  • 250 cc organic non GM soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salad oil (i'm using raisin oil) 
  • 2 egg yolks 
  • 1 teaspoon of greek yogurt (non sweetened)
  • 1 or 2 drops of pedriatic vitamins for animals (optional)
The soy milk and the eggs yolks will provide enough protein for him to grow, the oil (use a clear one without a strong flavour eg: corn or sunflower oil.) will help him for his stools to be easily evacueated and the yougurt will help him with his digestion.  The vitamins will complement on other minerals and things for the growing, but dont worry if u cant find it i didnt feed him the vit all the time.
At week 3 i started using only 1 egg yolk for the formula because he was a bit bigger and stronger. The baby seemed to like it just the same.

It is very demanding to have a baby kitten because they need to be fed, cleaned, help to go potty and caressed. Since mine was so small around 1.5 weeks when i found him, i had to feed him every 2 hrs,
at week 2 i fed him every 4 hours and now after week 3 he's been fed every 6 hrs.. usually the baby will wake up and start crying because he wants to eat.
After each meal he has to be degased; yes like a human baby, you have to grab him and gently pat him on the back or stomach, i also rubbed his tummy in circles and it helped him burp too!

The feeding figures for my kitten were the following:

   Week           Feeding              Quantity
   1.5            every 2 hrs               20 cc
     2             every  4 hrs              40 cc
     3             every   6 hrs             60 cc
     4             every 6 hrs               60 - 70 cc