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So who knows how to take care of kittens?

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I was given two kittens yesterday.  They are about 8 weeks.  Any of you have cats and want to give me some advice? shy.gif I know nothing about cats.  They are going to the vet on Monday, but are vets like mainstream doctors? Should I ignore their advice as well? lol.gif (Kinda joking here.) But really, is there a "natural" way to raise cats? Is there an animal forum here on MDC? Lots of questions! 

post #2 of 5
Thread Starter 

NOBODY knows how to take care of kittens? C'mon people!

post #3 of 5

A friend of mine frequently fosters kittens so I've picked up a few things. First, are they still on formula? If so you should be feeding them overnight, just like a baby. Keep the litter in a very low pan, things like a shoebox lid are good for that age. Keep them contained in a small area, 8 week old kittens don't need much space. For that age my friend blocks out about 1/3 of a room for a full litter, creating barrier with whatever she has. It's pretty informal, but it works. Toys are of course good. Once they're getting on solid food you want kittens on wet food. As they get a bit older, not sure the time period on this, you can transition to 1/2 wet 1/2 dry, then eventually dry. I think by 12 weeks kittens can be on 100% dry food unless there's health problems.

 

As my friend fosters, they do daily weight checks and regular well-kitten visits. It's probably a good idea to see a vet soon just to get a clean bill of health. Also you'll want to spay or neuter them at the appropriate time, not sure when that is.
 

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for replying.  I posted this before I researched online because I thought somebody on here should have a cat and I needed info ASAP  :) 

 

I pretty much been doing as you've written.  Just need to get to that vet, my Monday appt didn't work out. 

 

Thanks again :)

post #5 of 5

So fun!  I hope you will share photos.  You may remember that my kitty died two weeks before Mo was born.  I haven't raised kittens ever, so I'm not helpful that way, but we are about to adopt some juveniles (about 1 year) later this week or early next week!

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