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Six To Seven Weeks

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 you offer him for example, a ribbon, or shoelace. A paper bag makes a great first toy. Toss a tiny bit of catnip inside and watch him pounce! Always keep plastic bags away from tiny kittens. They can become entangled and choke or try to...

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Weaning

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 kittens do really well with the jar lid, perhaps it is just easier to manage. Wash the jar lid in hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Dip your finger into the formula and get the kitten to lick it off your finger. Do this a...

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Four To Five Weeks

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 pan with low edges so the kitten can get in and out easily. One of the best first-time litter pans are the plastic paint roller trays you can buy at any hardware store. With small sides, and sturdy feet, they take up less space and...

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Two To Three Weeks

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 delight, as they are friendly and fearless! The kitten is more aware of his surroundings and will start to explore his box. He is able to purr and can stand up and walk a short distance. Baby teeth will start to appear. At the end...

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Birth to two weeks

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 Q-tip to dab the area with some antiseptic solution. Between the fifth and tenth day, his eyes will open and he will begin to see his new world. At this stage, his eyes are a deep blue color. Make sure they are clean and show...

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