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The pregnancy of a hard cat between 64 and 67 days and have litters between 1 and 5 puppies of average. The pregnant cat needs a lot of care, but this is just the beginning of all the care that you will have from now on, especially with the baby cats that have just been born.
Newborn cats are very fragile, little by little they will become independent, however in the first days they require a lot of care and attention to be able to develop in the best way.
In this article we have made a collection of useful tips for your puppies to achieve optimal development and gradually reach adulthood in a healthy way and above all enjoy a full and happy life, from small. Keep reading to find out about the care for cats for a month.
The appropriate thing is that during the first days of life, the baby cat is as long as possible with his mother. She will take care of all the necessary care, for example provide the colostrum, the most important food for puppies during the first month of life.
Colostrum provides great benefits and should be taken by baby cats during the first 24 to 72 hours of life. Colostrum provides antibodies and antimicrobial factors, which enhances the defenses of the intestine, not to mention that it contributes growth factors, very important for puppies. During this process we should not touch or manipulate them.
However, it is common to find litters of kittens abandoned by people or by their own mother. It can also happen that the cat does not nurse or reject her descendants. In this type of situation we must take care of the kitten or the litter.
You should know that taking care of a single cat and even several is a very complicated task because you should be aware of them the 24 hours to feed them regularly and provide them with heat. A careless or a bad ingestion can make die a small newborn.
The first care of a newborn cat:
Following with the care for cats of a month, we will focus on the feeding of these small, the most important of all care. The first thing to take into account is that under no circumstances should you administer cow’s milk to a kitten, and that means you should not do it in any of their presentations: whole milk, part-skimmed or milk for human babies.
This is because the immune system of the puppies is just developing and therefore can present infections or digestive disorders, which endanger the lives of your little ones. They also have a greater difficulty in metabolizing this type of milk. The best option is to buy infant formula for cats, this has the necessary proteins and nutrients such as phosphorus, which will help in the correct development and growth of the puppies.
The best thing you can do is go to your veterinarian so he can tell you which is the best nutritional option for your case. It can also help you develop a specific homemade formula for your kittens and the needs they have.
How to feed a newborn kittens:
Extra tips on feeding newborn kittens:
Following the tips discussed above your little kittens will begin to develop and grow. To make sure that everything happens correctly is useful create a table of notes in which we daily aim the weight of the cats.
Each day should increase an approximately 10%. If not, maybe you should increase the milk consumption of the kittens.
You feed the kittens every 3-4 hours (including at night) until they meet the 4 weeks of life. From the fourth week we will begin to reduce milk consumption and to provide small doses of wet food (one spoonful for example), always soft food.
Little by little we will reduce the milk and increase the wet food until weaning. Then we can start it in the dry feed.
You must also stimulate play needs, since by suppressing this need, cats can grow depressed and traumatized. In addition, this develops your perceptive and guiding skills. To play with your cats, you can use any object that does not cause any damage, such as a ball of yarn. The game is also an indication of cat health.
You must pay attention on your weight, which must increase constantly during the first three months. It is normal for cats to double in weight after the first week of birth, when they weigh between 90 and 110 grams, at the third week they should weigh around 280 grams.
Last but not least in this series of cat care for a month, you should take them to medical review as soon as possible. Take your cats to the vet to verify dehydration, parasites, weight and the general health of your puppies. Some warning signs and symptoms are:
In case of any of these symptoms you should go to the professional as soon as possible. As we have commented the kittens are extremely sensitive and they could die in less than an hour. It is also very important to be able to rule out diseases and parasites that can seriously harm your kitten.
Later and continuing with the calendar of vaccines for cats you will have to vaccinate them to prevent them from suffering diseases in the future.
following these tips , you will guarantee the correct development of your puppies. It is true that it is an arduous task that requires full time and especially a lot of love, very difficult but not impossible and in the end you will get the satisfaction of having done the right thing.
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