Caring for Orphaned Kittens




I'm sure some of you are familiar with my first instructable, How to Help your Cat When Giving Birth. My second is about when young kittens are abandoned, and have no mother to help them. My family fosters, so we have all sorts of experience with this. First time foster families may not have, and need help caring for the motherless kittens. Like the first, I hope this instrucable can help!

Step 1: Introducing Them to a New Environment

Getting motherless kittens means they were probably found on the street. They could be scared of the new environment, not to mention any tortures from before. When you have them in a carrier, set it down in a medium bedroom, and open the cage door so they can come out when they are ready. Keep other pets away, for they might scare the new family members. Sit quietly with them for a while, and give a little moral support. (Not that they can understand, but it might help! ;D) Always keep wires bundled up, so the kittens don't think it's a toy and bite it.

Step 2: Preparing a Space

Before you even get the kittens, you should always have a space ready for them. In the corner of a bedroom is a nice spot. Keep the cage for them, but also prepare a small box with plenty of blankets, to keep them warm. Always have food and water available to the kittens. Until a vet looks them over to see if there are special food needs, use normal kitten food for a start.

Step 3: Your New Family!

After a few days, the kittens should be used to you and the rest of the family. You can also slowly start to introduce them to the other pets. Gates help with this. A small Gate to separate two rooms will work.

Also consider regular vet trips, so they can specify any special needs or any medicines.



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    11 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    This is great info if you _don't_ already own a cat.

    If you do already own a cat, you should entirely segregate the foundling from your housemates. Don't let them associate. That includes food dishes and litter box.

    When you adopt a foundling, you must make darned sure that the veterinarian checks him for everything. The last thing you want to do is adopt a stray and then discover that now _ALL_ of your cats have worms or maybe something worse.

    Worms, feline HIV, etc... you don't want your cats to be sick.

    Trust me, I speak from sad, sad experience.

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    If you have outside cats they tend to pick that stuff up anyway. I had a stray wander by that apparently had ear mites. Now all of mine do also.


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Nah, not mine. Too many racoons and such around for them to be really safe.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I sometimes get dump kittens. What I mean by that is people drive by and dump them off because they are not responsible enough to find other homes for them. Sometimes they just throw them out into the ditch along the road. We once found a couple of very tiny kittens in the middle of the highway, huddled together and screaming at the top of their lungs. Only one of them survived. It's pretty sad sometimes what people do. The latest one I call orbit because she walked around and around me in circles at first. She was afraid so she kept running from me but at the same time didn't want to go away. Eventually her circles got smaller and smaller. Now she flops over on my feet every chance she gets waiting to get attention.

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    3 years ago

    For few days I've been giving her milk still she get scared whenever I try to touch her....
    Hopefully she'll play with me one day....
    Nice instructable. .... ?

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    she might have had bad or traumatizing experiences with people or other things. I guess it mostly depends on the kitten's background, but i'm sure she will warm up eventually!


    Bottle feeding is a whole different instructables, but I'll get to that!