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Q: fostering a week old kitten

June 10, 2009 | By Donna T. | 6 answers | Expired: 1859 days ago

Donna T.

Hi everyone, on Friday I will be fostering a week old kitten, and although I have successfully taken care of newborn rabbits and piglets, I have never had to take care of a week old kitten. I have found some great information on it, but was wondering if anyone had any kind of tips or things to watch for. Thank you

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Jillian
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Jun 11, 2009

i always keep an alarm set to go off every other hour so i will wake up to feed them. if you can, try to pass them off to someone during the day so you can sneak in a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. good luck and you'll get to sleep again in a few weeks!

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Jillian
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Jun 11, 2009

rabbits and kittens are very similar at this age. i started w/bunnies as a kid and put those same tactics to kitten care now. as long as they eat every couple of hours, get them to poo, and maintain their body heat, it should go fine. invest in a rectal thermometer if you haven't already. their temp must stay at 99-102.
the only difference is that you must be their mama cat. bath them w/a warm wash cloth once or twice a day using tiny strokes down their body to emulate a mama cats tongue. as your kitten reaches 2 weeks, start carrying them around by the nape of their neck. this releases hormones or something that actually has a calming affect. b/c you only have one kitten, if you can't find another animal to be a surrogate, keep a stuffed animal in their bed at all times. you will also have to teach them {usually around 3-4 weeks} what play is too rough by yelping like a cat when they scratch or bite and then ignoring them. you have to play w/them like a kitten, but make sure they can be gentle. whenever they're doing anything bad, growl at them. be a cat and they will learn how they were meant to. try not to adopt them out until they are 10-12 months.

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Prevost1580
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Jun 10, 2009


Honestly.... good luck!! newborns are extremely fragile and we humans are just not as good as their natural mommas. I know from experience that you have to bottle feed the exact amount about every couple of hours.It can not be too much or too little! it has to be exact-

You also have to wipe their booties and help them them, do their thang ( literally ) make sure that you have him or her on a heating pad too.

If you're lucky,then there is a nuring momma kitty around who wouldn't mind nursing :)

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