16 ways to successfully care for motherless kittens

January 26,2023

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Cats are funny and intelligent animals. It is undeniable that many cats like them. There are many types of cats and various races. In general, newborn kittens will be very dependent on their mother. However, what if you find one and want to keep it? No need to worry, we will share how to care for kittens without a mother that can be done.

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 Indeed, having a pet at home not only requires love, but we also have to know the condition of the animal so that it stays healthy. Like keeping a cat separated from its mother. Then, how do you care for kittens without a mother?

 Come on, see some of the following ways so that kittens can grow big and healthy.

1.Prepare a comfortable place


 If you want to bring in kittens born without a mother, you must be prepared to care for them.

 One way is to provide comfort and security for them. For example, by providing a comfortable bed and providing a lamp as a heater, as follows.

2.Always Accompany Kittens

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 Usually, a mother cat will give birth to several adorable kittens. Unfortunately, not everyone can maintain it at once.

 However, if you decide to keep them all, make sure they are in one place. The goal is for them to feel warm and comfortable, even without their mother present.

3.Give proper milk


 In general, kittens usually need their mother's milk. However, if you keep it without its mother, you can use the right replacement milk.

 Avoid giving cow's milk or liquids that contain sugar because the type of calcium that contains lactose is not suitable for kittens. You can give milk with a special formula which can usually be obtained at trusted pet stores.

4.Help the cat to burp


 Like babies, young animals can also feel bloated if gas builds up after being given milk. Try to gently pat him on the back several times so that the gas in his body can get out to the fullest.

5.Make a feeding schedule

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 How to care for kittens without a mother cannot be arbitrary because there must be a schedule for giving milk regularly, including when to give the right formula and the dosage.

 Here's a complete guide to giving milk to the right kitten.

 When you are 0-1 week old and weigh 50-150 grams, then just give 2-6 ml of formula every 2 hours.

 Kittens aged 1-2 weeks weighing around 150-250 grams can give 6-10 ml of milk every 2-3 hours.

 For kittens 2-3 weeks old weighing 250-350 grams, give 10-14 ml of formula every 3-4 hours

 For kittens aged 3-4 weeks weighing 350-450 grams, you can give 14-18 ml of formula every 4-5 hours.

 When they are 4-5 weeks old and weigh 450-550 grams, you can give 18-22 ml of kitten formula every 5-6 hours.

 For kittens aged 5-8 weeks that weigh up to 550-850 grams, you can give special wet solid food every 6 hours.

6.Helps to defecate

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 Even though it's disgusting, you have to be able to help when the kitten poops. You do this by doing a massage on the stomach, then clean it using dry and wet wipes.

 You can also use a special cat toilet.

7.Do regular grooming


 Usually, kittens that have mothers will be clean by being licked by their mothers. However, because they don't have a parent, you have to act as their mother.

 One way is to do grooming using a comb, cloth or cloth. Avoid bathing cats when they are babies because it will be bad for their health.

8.Keep away from adult cats


 Adult cats are usually curious about something. For that, you have to avoid it from newborn kittens. It's harmless, but keep them separated until they reach old age.

9.Provide litter box

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 When the kitten is able to walk, try to introduce a toilet or litter box. Later, the kitten will get used to using it in everyday life.

 There is no need to be confused about teaching them because just put the litter box in the nearest area, then they will instinctively learn according to their level of ability.

10.Giving vaccines to kittens.

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 Another way to care for kittens without a mother is to give vaccines. Because it can prevent the risk of disease or viruses that might attack at any time.

 Usually, you can give them the vaccine when they are 6-8 weeks old until they are around 16 weeks old. Then, within a year they have to get a booster vaccine.

 Vaccination itself is usually done several times with an interval of 3-4 weeks. However, before giving the vaccine, make sure you do a physical examination first and do a "retrovirus" infection test for Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV) and Feline AIDS (FIV).

 Also test whether the kitten needs to take deworming medication or not. The types of vaccines that you can give are also very diverse. According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), there are mandatory vaccines for all kittens, such as the following.

  •  Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV)
  •  Herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1)

  •  Calicivirus (FCV) or Rabies
  •  Feline rhinotracheitis
  •  Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

 By giving the vaccine, the kitten's immunity will become strong, and give a good effect.

 However, there have been cases of immunization failure, infection, using drugs that can lower the body's immunity, to tumorigenesis, when normal cells undergo transformation into cancer cells.

 When this happens, the kitten may develop symptoms, which are listed below.

  •  Tired lethargic
  •  Fever
  •  Anorexia
  •  Regional lymphadenomegaly
  •  Encephalitis
  •  Arthritis
  •   Polyneuritis
  •  Changes in behavior
  •  seizures
  •  Allergy

 Discoloration at the injection site So, you can immediately take him to the vet for treatment.

10.Routinely check the health of kittens to the vet

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 When a kitten starts to look sick and lethargic, take it to the vet immediately. Maybe they have a disease.

 Taking a cat to the vet can also prevent it from various risks of disease and find out early on the condition of the cat, such as whether there are congenital defects and diabetes.

11.Invite him to move more actively

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 It's not good for pets to just stand still for health and growth. In this case, each animal requires gestures, such as jumping, running, chasing, catching which also helps the owner and cat to have a closer relationship.

 Well, you can use a special stick for cat toys, as below.

12.Teaches positive things

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 Make sure you also teach a lot of positive things so that the cat can grow better. For example, don't litter and teach them how to behave when they meet other animals.

 Avoid using violence so as not to cause deep trauma to them.

13.Check up regularly


 Many think that cats only need to be taken to the doctor during vaccines and when they are sick. In fact, routine check-ups are also needed to find out diseases, high sugar levels, or excess weight that may occur in cats

 In addition, with regular check-ups, you can find out the things below.

 Is the cat's weight ideal or overweight? Don't forget to check for fat deposits on your hips, groin, or lower abdomen.

 See if there is a hidden disease behind the beautiful fur, such as crusty, injured or peeling skin.

 Check the buttocks, tail and belly. Check again whether there are fleas attached. Immediately call a doctor or give the right medicine to handle it.

 Watch out for eye infections in cats. A normal cat's eyes will not be watery, pink, and will respond quickly.

 To find out the health of a kitten's ears can be seen from its eyes. Usually, a cat's eyes will be pink and odorless.

 If there are brown and yellow colors on the kitten's teeth and gums, this is a sign that plaque has accumulated.

 Check on the body from front to back. Check for any bumps or wounds on the legs and claws.

14.Cleaning regularly

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 One of the responsibilities of taking care of a cat is having to clean up the dirt. Make sure to clean up the litter regularly so that the cat doesn't get disease problems that might occur.

 Avoid leaving feces on the cat's bed for too long because it can become a nest for bacteria and germs.

15.Teach Obedience


 You also need to teach obedience to kittens. For example, from eating in containers to defecating in litter boxes without orders.

 Also teach kittens not to damage the objects around them. To overcome this, have a paint scratcher which is a medium for scratching nails. You can buy here.

16.Introducing New Foods

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 When the kittens start to walk, they can be fed independently by giving milk in a container. In addition, you can also provide several new types of food in liquid or solid form.


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