When your beloved cat has a litter of kittens, she is going to need special care and attention while she is feeding and nurturing her newborns. If you’re a first-time cat parent to a first-time cat mother there are a few things you should be aware of so that you can offer the most effective and loving support.
For the first few weeks of their life, newborn kittens do not urinate or defecate on their own. The mother cat licks their nether regions to stimulate production, which can result in some pretty damp newborns kitties. Your objective should be to keep those damp little kittens nice and warm. Making sure they are in space that is dry and temperate will be crucial to their health and strength.
Make sure your mother cat is well-fed and hydrated. Keep her food and water bowls near to her so she can stay near her babies.
Kittens nurse exclusively for the first 3-6 weeks of their lives, so keep an eye on mother’s nipples — red, cracked or inflamed nipples may require a vet’s care before they become an infected, unmanageable issue.
Mother cats can continue to bleed lightly or experience some discharge for a few days post birth. This is nothing to be alarmed about unless it persists for more than a few days.
Kittens quickly develop sharp claws and pointy teeth, check mother’s mammaries for scratches and bites that may become infected. You can also clip her kitten’s claws as they become more pronounced.
The health of your new litter is dependent on the health of your mother cat. Make sure she is healthy with a visit to Gresham Animal Hospital.
Bring momma cat and her new kittens in for checkups, shots, and vaccines at Gresham Animal Hospital! We have been providing personal, individualized care to our patients and their owners since 1944. Our hospital is equipped to provide the services and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Call us at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment for your furry family members.
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