The Complete Guide To Caring for Newborn Kittens and their 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!

Revealed: Here Are The 71 Most Hipster Cat Names Ever

Not sure what to call your new kitty? Never fear! We take a look at the 71 most hipster cat names of all time.

Hipster Cat Names
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These days, it seems like everyone out there is a hipster wannabe. Whether they’re growing a ridiculous sailor-esque beard or turning vegan as a fashion statement, these people just will not quit. The whole point is that they have to prove just how different and special they really are. And, apparently, the only way to do that is to be as different (or weird!) as humanly possible. That includes everything from wearing odd socks to calling their cats the most bizarre names. So, what are the most hipster cat names around?

Well, luckily, you just so happen to have come to the right place. Since we just adore cats (yes, even hipster cats!), we’ve spent a fair amount of time researching this area. Some of the names that people give their felines are certain to surprise you. From Abe to Zola, we’re ready to take a look at some of the weirdest and, frankly, most wonderful cat names that you will have ever heard. Brace yourself because things are about to get cool AF. Here are some of the most hipster cat names so far:

Hipster Cat Names 1-71


1. Abe  
2. Angus  
3. Axi
4. Bear  
5. Bob  
6. Byron 
7. Charlie 
8. Carlton 
9. Casper 
10. Dante 
11. Delilah 
12. Devon
13. Earl
14. Eddie
15. Elfie 
16. Felix
17. Flora
18. Frank
19. Gray
20. Griffin
21. Gus
22. Hans
23. Harlow
24. Harold 
25. India
26. Ira
27. Iris
28. Jeff
29. Jasper
30. Jagger
31. Kai
32. Kipper
33. Kev
34. Lenny
35. Leon
36. Lexy
37. Mae
38. Marnie
39. Margot
40. Nelson
41. Niko
42. Norma
43. Olive
44. Opal
45. Otis
46. Pablo
47. Pierre
48. Piper 
49. Randy
50. Rowan
51. Rufus
52. Savannah
53. Scarlet
54. Sia
55. Tabi
56. Theo
57. Tobby
58. Uno
59. Vera
60. Viola
61. Van
62. Wesley
63. Watson
64. Waldo
65. Wern
66. Xander
67. Xavier
68. Xena
69. Zara
70. Zola
71. Zooey

As you can see, the whole point, is that these names are not the first to spring to mind. Forget ‘Fluffy’ and ‘Millie’, these are names that could easily be little children as well. Of course, now that these names have made our list, they are no longer cool. Simply by calling them hipster, we’ve ruined them. They can no longer be hipster because they are ‘known’. The word is out there and the cat… Well, the cat is very much out of the bag.
How to choose the most hipster cat name

If you’re looking for a hipster cat name for your own kitty (and you’re not gonna use one from this list), we have a little advice for you along the way. Here are a few rules that you need to keep in mind when it comes to choosing your feline’s brand new name:

1. Avoid the obvious!

This one should go without saying, but in case you’re not catching on just yet, you need to go for obscure names. Don’t just choose a name that you’ve heard a thousand times before now. And, please, don’t choose a name that actually sounds like a cat name. Both of those things are major faux pas. The most hipster cat names are usually ones that you would never, ever associate with animals. Try a simple noun like ‘Chair’ or ‘Tree’, and you’ll be along the right lines.

2. Check if it’s been used

Of course, as a hipster, the very last thing you want to be accused of is copying someone else. Before you name your cat, you need to make sure that no one else out there has done the same. Do a quick Google search to make sure that there’s no other kitty called the same thing as yours. Trust me, you will thank us later for this one. When people hear your kitty’s name, they will be so utterly impressed at how original you are, they will likely be lost for words.

3. Don’t be afraid to make up words

It might be that there is no word that sums up the sheer beauty and grace of your pussycat. If that’s the case, it might be just about time that you made something up. Take the time to create a word, such as ‘Frickelben’, and just go with it. The more you insist that it’s totally a real thing, the more people will start to question themselves and believe you.

4. If all else fails, choose a foreign word

Finally, if all else fails, you will just have to rely on this old fail-safe. Just go for a foreign word. In reality, some of the most hipster cat names out there are not English at all. From ‘Queso’ (Spanish for cheese!) to ‘Chat’ (French for cat!), there are a whole load of options out there. Don’t be afraid to choose a silly name; that’s kind of the entire point anyhow. Just go wild and call your cat something utterly ridiculous, you big old hipster, you!

50 of the Cutest Female Cat Names Ever For Your Little Princess

From Annie to Zuzu, we take a look at some of the cutest female cat names ever!

Cutest Female Cat Names
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When you first welcome that little bundle of fluff into your home, there will be just one thing on your mind. What on earth are you going to call your cute little kitty? Choosing the right name for your cat can be seriously tricky. Luckily, that’s where we come in! We’ve put together a list of the 50 cutest female cat names ever. From Annie to Zuzu, we’ve found some of the sweetest things that you could possibly want to call your cat.

Remember, when it comes to picking out the right cutest female cat names, you have to be seriously careful. The last thing you want is to start calling your kitten a name that you will later want to change. After all, when they are very young, cats get used to the sound of their name. That’s how they learn to respond to it and come when you call them from across the room. If you do want to change the name at any point, you will need to pick one that sounds a whole lot like the original name you chose. Nightmare, right?

From Annie to Zuzu!

To avoid just that problem, you should make sure that you give your female cat the right name from the very start. So, which will you choose? Take a look at our list of some of the cutest female cat names out there and we’re sure that you will find the right one for your brand new pet. Enjoy!

Cutest Female Cat Names 1-50


1. Teacup
2. Whiskers  
3. Daisy  
4. Buttercup  
5. Nala  
6. Pixie
7. Bunny
8. Bambi
9. Dimples
10 .Snowball 
11. Peaches
12. Skittles
13. Buttons
14. Millie
15. Belle 
16. Bonnie
17. Dora 
18. Cocoa
19. Poppy
20. Pippa
21. Sandee
22. Sasha
23. Lulu
24. Mopsy
25. Noodles
26. Snowball
27. Pookie
28. Zooey
29. Honey
30. PollyOlivia
31. Munchkin
32. Bell
33. Kitty
34. Lola 
35. Hazel
36. Grace
37. Honeybee
38. Lady
39. Moonbeam
40. Lila
41. Zuzu
42. Sprinkles
43. Pebbles
44. Ruby
45. Poptart
46. Minnie
47. Lacey
48. Cici
49. Annie
50. Layla

Well, there are certainly a whole lot of beautiful, sweet female cat names to choose from there, right? Remember, the cutest cat names often tend to end with an ‘e’, ‘i’, or ‘y’. What’s more, you will notice that many of the names here get their inspiration from things like nature, food, and candy. If you keep these two things in mind when you’re naming your girl cat, you should find that you have absolutely no problem at all. Good luck, fellow cat lovers!

Now, take a look at: 50 Of The Cutest Male Cat Names Ever