The Complete Guide To Caring for Newborn Kittens and their Mother

caring for newborn kittens and mother

Congrats! You’ve got a family of kittens! It’s an exciting time. Here’s everything you should know about caring for newborn kittens and their mother.

caring for newborn kittens and their mother
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There’s nothing like the pure joy you feel when your cat becomes a mother. At this special time, it’s all very new and exciting. Suddenly, your home is overrun with baby kittens everywhere. Frankly, it can be a whole load to take in. You might find that the change in lifestyle is a bit much when you first start out. Don’t worry. Caring for newborn kittens and their mother doesn’t have to be a chore. If anything, it should be nothing short of a true pleasure. Yep, you get to look after some of the cutest little animals ever! Here’s what you need to know.

Make sure the cats have privacy!

As any mother would be, your cat is likely to be kind of protective over her young. These kittens are her babies, and so she’s going to want to look after them on her own. That means that you need to give her and the little ones some privacy now and then. Give them the space that they need so that they can nurse and relax. You might want to give them a room of their own where they can all be together as a family. Failing that, set up a quiet corner in one of the rooms in your home. Leave the kitten and momma alone whenever you can so as not to hassle them. Trust us, doing so will make a world of difference.

Keep everything as clean as possible

Sadly, newborn kittens are prone to infection and the like. They are still very young and in their developmental stages. That’s why germs and bacteria can be so very harmful to them right now. The last thing you want or need is for them to catch a virus or the like. So, how can you avoid this awful problem? Well, one of the things that you should try is keeping the home environment as clean as can be. That means regularly washing things that the cats come into contact with on a regular basis. From their baskets to the carpet, you want to ensure that everything is in tip-top condition. When you’re caring for newborn kittens and their mother, this is rule number one, after all.

Make sure that there is plenty of fresh water

While the kittens will be getting their nutrients from the momma cat, you need to provide them with one vital thing; water. They need fresh water as often as possible. You should never underestimate the thirst of these little cats. They are full of energy and life right now. That means that they also need as much water as they can possible drink. You may need to change their water bowl about two or three times per day. This may seem time-consuming and, frankly, a little over the top, but you have to do it. You see, water can get dirty very fast, especially when there are loads of animals around. The fresher the drinking water is, the healthier your newborn kittens will be. If you remember that golden rule, you should be just fine.

Sort out fleas as soon as possible

Eek! Unfortunately, kittens are often prone to something called ‘flea anemia’ which is a very serious condition. You should make sure that you get rid of fleas the moment you spot them. If you see them on momma cat or the kittens, you need to get a treatment right away. Your vet will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your cat, and so you should have no problem getting the right one. Remember, you will need to wash all the bedding, rugs, and carpets of your home when your kittens have fleas. Those little bugs (and their eggs!) can get everywhere. You can get flea powder that you sprinkle around your home at most pet stores. That stuff should kill the bugs off in no time at all.

Handle the kittens when they are young

Handling the kittens when they are young is absolutely essential. The truth of the matter is that cats need to be socialized at a very young age or you run the risk of them becoming scared around people. Remember, momma cat will not love you handling the kittens the first time around. You have to be as slow and gentle as possible with the little ones to show that you are not a threat to them. Hold and pet each in turn so that they can see that you are friend not foe. Doing so will mean that they grow up to be calm around people, rather than fearful of them! Good luck, fellow cat lovers.

Hope you think of this guide to caring for newborn kittens and their mother next time you welcome a few new little kitty members to the family!

Author: Alley Cat

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