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What should I be feeding an Orphaned Kitten?
Feeding an orphaned or abandoned kitten is the single
most important thing you will do to help ensure the
health of your new found kitten. Feed your orphaned
kitten the right way to begin with by using the
information we have for you below.
We wish for you and your new kitten the very best
and thank you for taking the time and energy to
help save and love and care for the orphaned kitten you have found.
Feeding Guide for Abandoned or Orphaned Kittens
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For kittens that develop loss of appetite or anemia there is
a vitamin/mineral supplement called "Pet-Tinic" that is
available from your veterinarian or pet food supply store
that will stimulate the appetite and give the kitten the
necessary iron to get the kitten's health back on track.
Follow directions on the bottle for administering the
supplement. You can add this to food or give it via dropper.
In order to be sure that kittens are growing properly you
should weigh them frequently. It will quickly become obvious
if orphan kittens that you are hand feeding are thriving
because they grow very quickly once they are given food,
care and attention.
When it comes time to begin weaning your kittens at about
four weeks of age you should start by feeding them their
formula from a bowl, and then slowly introduce them to solid
foods. Do not give them dry food straight off. You should
choose strained baby food or watered down and soggy kitten
food. Kittens will take time to wean and as the kittens
become more comfortable eating from the bowl you can start
reducing the bottle feedings.
Be sure to buy the best quality kitten food you can from the
pet store or the veterinarian and read all instructions on
the cat food containers. Never buy any kitten food with corn
in it, this is a good way to judge whether the kitten food
you are buying is junk or not. When you change your kitten's
diet it can cause diarrhea, so start off with the best food
you can get and stick with it. Be sure to check the kitten's
stool often for signs of constipation or diarrhea in order
to prevent dehydration and death.
At four weeks the kittens should be introduced to the litter
box. After every meal place the kitten in the litter box and
show it how to scratch the litter gently. Kittens usually
catch on to the scratching quickly.
You should pet and snuggle with your kittens frequently;
this provides them with love and attention. It has been
remarked that hand-reared kittens are more intelligent, more
loyal and have deeper affection for their owners. You should
handle you kittens a lot, this makes them easier to train
and more affectionate. It has been remarked by some experts
that there is no substitute for a mother cat, but with
proper care you can get pretty close.
Start your kitten off the right way.....
Alfred's Finest Kitten Food