All you need to know about weaning kittens

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When a mother cat has trouble producing milk for her litter, humans need to intervene so that they can save the young kitties lives.Take a look further down to better understand how to wean kittens.

What age is the right time for kittens to be weaned?

Weaning normally takes begins when a kitten is four weeks old and goes on till about eight weeks and sometimes as long as ten weeks. If looking after an orphaned kitten, it is important to know that weaning shouldn’t be attempted too early. A good rule to follow is that weaning should only be attempted when a kitten has opened their eyes and is steady on their feet.

What do you feed orphaned kittens?

If at all possible, kittens should receive their mothers’ milk because that is the best case scenario for them. Sometimes another cat may adopt the kittens if they are similar in size to her own. However, you shouldn’t rely on this. If you are in a pickle and don’t know what to do a mix of a cup of whole milk, an egg yolk, a drop of liquid multivitamin, and three tums in a blender will do for a quick fix. However, this isn’t a long term solution. Switching to kitten formula is in their best interests and you should try to do so as soon as possible.

How do you wean a kitten?

Start by mixing kitten food with formula so that they are familiar with the taste. You can try to smear the mixture in their mouth with your finger by trying to let them lick it off. When they get used to the taste, they will begin to look for it themselves. Once they start doing this you can try to introduce them to the idea of lapping it up from a bowl. Look after them while they eat so that they don’t lap it up too fast and never push their face into the bowl.Gradually transition them to dry food between the fourth and sixth week. Use canned food or dry kitten food mixed with water; at first, add a lot of water, and then reduce the amount of water as the kitten matures.Kittens sometimes play with food, often batting it around and stepping into the bowl before they come to the realization that that’s their food. With a little bit of patience on your end, they will eventually catch on.Keeping a soft, moist cloth handy is a good idea because your little kitty will be getting his or her face dirty after each feeding for the first couple of weeks. Since kittens are very susceptible to pneumonia, keep him/her in a warm area free from stray drafts until he/she is completely dry.

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