Avoid Separating Newborn Kittens From Their Mother For Long Periods
If it’s not absolutely necessary, like in the case of medical emergencies, it is recommended that you avoid separating newborn kittens from their mother for too long. Keeping newborn kittens away from the mama cat for too long can induce stress in the feline, thereby leading to displays of aggression typical with maternal instincts in queens.
While it isn’t unheard of for a mother cat to reject its kittens after humans touch them, the chances of it happening is close to zero. And a mother cat rejecting its kittens may be potentially detrimental to such kittens’ growth.
If it is compulsory that you hold a newborn kitten, it may help to let the mother cat sniff you for some seconds as a means of calming it down, before you then proceed to separate the kitty cat.
Keep An Eye On The Kittens’ Health
You shouldn’t wait long after your kittens are born, before scheduling a visit to the vet for a thorough inspection of your new litter – the recommendation is to do this within the first to second week of birth. The vet will carry out a general inspection of your newborn kittens and the results of the tests will give you a base idea of your new litter’s health and well-being.
Additionally, vaccination is essential to protect your kittens from some deadly diseases and infections. And you should consult with your vet to make arrangements for your newborn kittens to get the required vaccination shots.
Feeding Kittens In The Absence Of The Mother
Ideally, newborn kittens rely on their mother’s milk to survive and get the nutrients essential for proper growth and development. But in the event that a mama feline isn’t around to feed its kittens after birth, the responsibility of feeding newborn kitty cats falls entirely on you.
Newborn kittens will mostly need to be fed with a high-quality milk replacer for the first one to two weeks of their lives. But you can gradually make the switch to formula and dry cat food as they grow older.
Newborn kittens can’t go long without eating, and you should bottle-feed them with the milk replacement at intervals of one to two hours during the day. You should also gently stimulate newborn kittens’ genitals after feeding them, to encourage elimination.
Additionally, you will need to weigh the newborn kittens from time to time to ensure that they’re truly growing and adding healthy weight.