Bridgette is just one of the many pregnant moms we will receive at WCHS this year. We are taking the opportunity to use her and her babies to teach the community all about Kittenhood. Follow our Website’s Blog and Social Media Pages to learn all about kittens from Bridgette’s Beans!
Kittens are born fully furred, ears folded, no teeth, and eyes closed. They weigh an average of 3.5 ounces at birth and will double in size within the first week! Kittens are born with the umbilical cord attached – this will dry up and fall off around day three. If you are caring for neonates, it is always a good idea to monitor their weight daily. Their tiny bodies are incapable of keeping themselves warm, so they rely on their mother (or foster parent) to keep them warm, clean, dry, and fed with mom’s milk or an appropriate Kitten Milk Replacer. They must be stimulated to urinate and defecate and cannot do so on their own (so make sure momma cat, or yourself are doing so). Make sure mom has a quiet, stress-free place to lay and nurse her babies. The kittens eat very often at this age, usually a small amount about every two hours. At this age, kittens are very fragile and without mom, they often do not survive. If you find kittens this young, please do your due diligence to make sure momma cat is not around! If mom is not around, contact your local rescue ASAP.
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