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Eight Weeks
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Eight Weeks

At this stage, the kitten will be ready to go to a new home if you choose not to keep him. A kitten raised by his mother needs to stay with her until he is 12 weeks old to learn all she has to teach him, but a hand-reared kitten is usually ready at 8-9...

Six To Seven Weeks
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Six To Seven Weeks

By the seventh week, your kitten should be completely weaned and eating food from his bowl. Feed him a good quality wet kitten food and introduce him to dry kitten food as well. He will be very playful. Empty toilet rolls, straws, bottle tops and small boxes make great toys. Always supervise his play if...

July 15, 2020July 15, 2020In Tips
Weaning
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Weaning

Weaning is a difficult time for a kitten. He has become used to nursing on his bottle and may be a little reluctant to give it up at first. The first step is to place a little warmed formula into a small bowl or a saucer, or better yet, a jar lid. For some reason...

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Four To Five Weeks
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Four To Five Weeks

At this stage, move the kitten into a larger box so you can introduce a small litter box. Never use clumping litter as many kittens will try to eat the litter as part of the exploration process. Use a plain clay litter or a litter made from paper or wheat products. Use a small-sized litter...

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Two To Three Weeks
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Two To Three Weeks

The ear canals should have completely opened by now and he will be able to hear all the household sounds. If he is a pure white kitten and you notice he does not respond to sounds, he could be deaf. This is not a handicap or a hardship, it just happens. Deaf kitties are a...

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Birth to two weeks
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Birth to two weeks

For the first week of life, a kitten’s main activities are eating and sleeping. He is deaf and blind but can crawl a little. The remnants of his umbilical cord will fall off at around 3 days of life. After it falls off, watch the area carefully, as it can easily become infected. Use a...

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A Final Word
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A Final Word

It is our hope in presenting this to you, that you will find raising a newborn or orphaned kitten is both a joy and a triumph. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a kitten that once fit in the palm of your hand, now lying in the sun spot on your carpet, a smooth,...

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When A Kitten Dies
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When A Kitten Dies

Sometimes, despite your best efforts and care, a kitten will die. Whether it be FKS (Fading Kitten Syndrome) or an unseen problem with the kitten’s internal organs or disease, it is always difficult to lose a kitten that you may have bonded closely with. It can be a very distressing time for you but you...

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Other Illnesses
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Other Illnesses

Sometimes a kitten has a birth defect such as brain damage, missing limbs, cerebral palsy, anophthalmia (missing eyes), cleft palate or other congenital malformation. In cases like these, it is best to consult with a vet who will do a full assessment and may recommend the kitten be euthanized to avoid ongoing suffering. Remember –...

July 15, 2020July 15, 2020In Tips
Premature Kittens
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Premature Kittens

Discovering an orphaned or abandoned kitten, and deciding to hand-raise the little one can be a rewarding, yet daunting undertaking. Finding out that the kitten may be premature can leave you feeling even more anxious and wondering whether you’ll be able to care for this fragile being. How can I tell if a kitten is...

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