Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Five week old kitten care

So what happens at five weeks in the life of a small kitten, well a lot of changes...

First of all the kitten is ready to start leaving his only milk feedings and start eating tender solid foods. Okay so what should you give your kitten, i highly recommend slowly start introducing small pieces of food that are soft like chicken, eggs, tender meat, so the baby can eat it. At this age the first small teeth have erupted so they cant chew really well, therefore they need things which can be easily chewed on and also easy for the baby to digest.

You can also start giving them cat food, but make sure its the kind specially for kittens, but remember they need it to be soft so i place them in the bowl with some soy milk or water and let them soak in it until they "suck up the liquid" and become soft and mushy. Some kittens love them to be all mushy and some don't, so depending on how long you leave them in the liquid they will be more or less crunchy or mushy.

I have a kitty that loved to eat it really mushy and another that liked it with a small crunchy inside haha, they all have different tastes like personalities so you will have to observe your kitty how he reacts to both textures in the food and which one he prefers.
What i usually do with my baby kittens is i try to at least give them one source of protein a day, for example some sources can be: soy milk, eggs, meats, i get the kitten food softened by some water or soy milk and some small bits of chicken (or other protein) and they love it... until now they have grown up healthy and happy!

Also by week 5 the baby kitten should be able to poop and go chichi without any help, he should be able to have a litter box where he can easily jump over and go do his "business" as he needs... If u get the kitten at 5 weeks or older the cat mommy should have already potty trained them so there will be nothing else but to show them where the litter box is located. For those of you who have gotten a really small baby cat (less than 5 weeks) you probably would need to teach the kitten where to poop and also help him evacuate. The information on how to stimulate a baby kitten to poop and pee will be posted on the "Potty training a kitten" entry.

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