How and how to feed the kittens
Your cat has just given birth to several charming babies. But it so happened that she can not feed them with her milk. The reasons for such circumstances may be several:
- The cat died during childbirth.
- Due to the inflammation of the mammary glands of your pet (mastitis).
- The cat turned out to be a “cuckoo”: she gave birth and simply threw the kids.
- The kittens turned out to be too much, and the tailed mother simply cannot cope with them.
Regardless of the reason, many newcomers to the cat business immediately panic and begin to run around the familiar, feverishly asking the same questions like: "How to feed the newborn kittens?" Or "How to feed the kittens?". While the unlucky owner asks people who do not understand this, the kittens are starving. And he simply does not think of asking specialists.
What you need to feed the kittens
Let's start from an early age, when kittens are only 1-2 days old. They at this age look like this:
It is clear that such crumbs drink only mother's milk and do not eat solid food, so the question of how to feed the kittens is especially relevant. Children themselves will not drink with a saucer. And milk them follows from a small nipple, a syringe without a needle or a pipette, such as in the drawings.
The diet and frequency of feeding kittens
The question of how to feed the kittens is settled. Now we are going through the following problem: what should they give at this age? If the kittens are completely deprived of the mother, then the most ideal option is to find a feeding cat for them. Then you do not need the above tools, because the stepmother can do it by herself. But if there is no way to find kittens for a nursing cat, then their mother will have to become you. It's mother, not just a wet nurse. It will be necessary to sit with them for days and nights, wipe their feces and urine with a napkin, warm them. But now it's not about that. The most important in this period is frequent and full feeding. So, how and how to feed the kittens?
First, let's talk about the frequency of feeding. The first half day of life kittens eat round-the-clock. Since that time and up to the 3rd month of their life, babies need to be fed every 2-3 hours, not excluding night time. "Much too much!" - probably, you will think. Objection: no, not too much. Kittens grow, they need more nutrients. Until the fourth week they should be fed from the nipple / syringe / pipette until they have milk teeth. Then they can be quietly disaccustomed to a pipette and offer them food on a silver platter. In 4-5 months, the frequency of nutrition can be reduced to five times a day. And in 9 months - and at all up to 3-4 times.
Now we will discuss the topic "How can you feed the kittens?". While they are not 4 weeks old, you can buy a substitute for cat milk in a pet store. If they do not tolerate cow's milk, it can be replaced with dry mixtures for infants: NAN, Nutrilon, etc.
Kittens are 1 month old. With a substitute and dry mixes, you can switch to regular milk and liquid semolina, it is also useful to give babies boiled and mashed egg yolk.
2 months. To the former ration you need to add calcined cottage cheese, soft cheese and slightly cooked boiled meat.
3 rd month. The same menu, only now porridge it is necessary to prepare a normal consistency, and meat to submit cubes. In addition, it is recommended to add kefir, grated carrots and mashed boiled fish.
4th month. In the diet are added grated vegetables and sliced greens with vegetable oil.
5+ months. The same, but you can enter into the diet pieces of rye bread or crackers from it. From this point on, kittens are allowed any dairy products and raw meat.
That's all the food. If you want the kittens to eat the food store, then feed them with those that are intended for them. From the second month they can be given food for adult cats.