If your cat is having kittens, or you intend to adopt a kitten this spring there are a number of things that you must know.
First: Adoption is for Life. If you do not believe these 4 words, then it’s not a good idea to adopt a kitten. Make sure that you are sure you can handle a kitten and then a cat.
Second: Don’t take a kitten from it’s mother too early. Breeders say six weeks is enough, but we think that a kitten should stay with the mother cat until (s)he’s eight weeks old. Much depends if a kitten is “ready” for a transition. Eight weeks will give the kitten more time to get used to solid food and using the litter box.
Third: Newborn kittens should be monitored – but not much interference if possible. Weigh the newborn kittens regularly. They should always gain weight. It is possible to hand-feed kittens with a feeding bottle or a dropper. However, you should only do this if the cat is rejected or if the mother is not willing or capable to feed her children. Use a specially formulated milk like KMR Kitten Milk Replacer.
Spring and the birth of newborn kittens and other animals is a wondrous thing. But with all things beautiful comes our responsibility to care for them. Keep that in mind as you contemplate bringing a kitten into this world and/or adopting a kitten.