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Found a stray kitten? This is how you can take care of your new kitten. 

Found a stray kitten? This is how you can take care of your new kitten. 

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Ideally, it’s best if kittens are left with their mothers at least up until they are eight weeks old. After all, mothers know best how to care for their young ones. However, in instances such as where you rescue a kitten, the responsibility lies on you to take care of it. Since this is likely to be an out-of-the-blue situation, it’s completely understandable if you feel clueless about it.   Therefore, I’ve put together this article to guide you through taking care of a kitten. We’ve curated a guide about everything that you need to know about caring for your young kitty on your own.   

Determining Your Kitten’s Age 

Firstly, you need to figure out is how old the kitten is. The best way to find this out is by looking at their eyes because generally, kittens under two weeks old have their eyes closed. At times, you will also find that their ears are folded over.   Following 14 days, the kitten will gradually start opening its eyes and ears. Fun fact, all kittens start with beautiful blue eyes. Their actual eye colour will develop once they’re around 12 weeks old. After 14 days, your kitten will start responding to sounds slowly, and its sense of taste and smell will also develop during this period. Make sure that you do not forcefully open its eyes and ears before this. Just let it happen naturally.   

Shelter 

Kittens love to be in ample space. It is best to get a large enough cardboard box and line it with soft linen for your kitten to sleep in. You can also line it with a clean cloth or towel because these will sufficiently contain the kitten litter. Kittens tend to litter a lot, so you could just keep replacing the towel at regular intervals.   Do take caution to keep this box in a safe location in your house. If you have other pets around, especially a cat, then it’s best to keep the box away from its reach.   

Supplying Heat  

Young kittens cannot control their body temperatures. Generally, it is the mother who keeps her kittens warm. In this scenario, you can provide your kitten with an alternate source of heat. For example, some people use a heating lamp while others keep a heating pad under the kitten’s blanket to keep it warm.   You can also pour hot water into a bottle and keep it wrapped up next to your kitten. In any case, you must ensure that you don’t supply too much heat. It’s always best to provide heat indirectly.   

Feeding  

The part where most people mess up is feeding. So, you need to be extra careful when choosing what to feed your kitten. Cow’s milk is a big no-no as it does not provide the adequate nutrients that a kitten requires. Also, your kitten will probably find cow’s milk difficult to digest. Giving your cat tummy issues is the last thing you need at this point.   You can find kitten formula and a nursing kit from the nearest pet store or online. The kit consists of kitten-friendly equipment so that feeding them becomes more straightforward. Ideally, you should feed a two-week-old kitten around 10-14 MLS of formula combined with water. Ensure this is done every 3-4 hours, even during night-time.   

Conclusion 

It might seem daunting right now but caring for a kitten on your own isn’t that troublesome. Once you educate yourself properly and get used to the routine, you might even start enjoying the process a lot. A little bit of patience and the right supplies will make this process easier.  

References 

https://www.petbarn.com.au/petspot/kitten/care-and-maintenance-kitten/the-stages-of-kitten-development/