- Feeding newborn kitten
- Feeding after the first month of life
- Useful tips
If you are interested in, what and how to feed the kitten, then appeared in your house is squeaky miracle Yudo on thin legs and a quivering tail, which promises to grow into a brutal handsome and imposing cat or turn into a self-sufficient and self-satisfied cat. But it will be then. And now your house is announced heartbreaking cries, stop that is only capable of another portion of food, intended for issuing these sounds puny calf. And stop the cries for long.
A few hours later you will run back to the kitchen in order to cook food for your pet loudly. And once again become a wonder, how often and how much your eating is not yet grown up pet. And this can go on indefinitely. To know more, how many times to feed the cat, until she came out of such a tender age! Do not despair - we'll help you: Tell us about how many times, as well as exactly what you need to feed a small kitten. We write everything in weeks and months of his first year of life and introduce you to the rules of feeding. And if you're ready for this educational program, then let's get started.
Feeding newborn kitten
Unfortunately, sometimes the newborn kittens left without a mother, and sometimes a cat for any reason, can not nurse. That is when a person has to serve as a nurse and nurse the helpless kids. Of course, completely replace the mother cat person is not able to, but to help it survive the kitten is quite capable.
Immediately reservation that feeding of a kitten - work very, very troublesome and least responsible. Without food the baby will die, and it will have to feed you very often. In addition to the feeding regime you should be familiar with the technique of feeding a newborn baby. Weight gain - the main indicator by which to judge the development of the baby. Therefore, the first two weeks of his life you have to weigh the kittens every day. And from the third week, the baby weighed every three days. Note that from this point the weight of a small cat will grow faster than the weight of the cat.
Slow weight gain indicates the wrong mode of feeding or insufficient food. Newborn kitten weighs eighty to one hundred and thirty grams - it all depends on the breed of the baby. Within a week of its weight should be doubled, and then every week to increase by about one hundred grams. Kittens eight weeks of age weighing approximately one kilogram.
The first thing you need to do - to buy at the pet store cat milk replacer, or learn how to cook the mixture for feeding. Cows are usually (and even goat!) Milk is not suitable for growing kittens as protein content therein ten lower than in milk cat. For the preparation of an infant formula to be mixed four parts cow (boiled) milk and one part of raw egg white. All that is necessary to whip until homogenous and heated to the desired temperature. You can also use baby food for infants. Here are just feeding the little cat to breed this mixture should be twice thinner than for the child.
Feeding schedule is built directly dependent on the dynamics of weight gain kitten. Every day, his weight should increase by approximately twenty grams and grams per dialed added four to five grams of infant formula. But how many times a day to feed a kitten, it can be seen from the graph drawn up.
The first two days the baby is fed every two hours, day and night. The third, fourth and fifth day - every two hours during the day and night, every three hours. On the fifth to seventh day the baby is fed every four hours. In the first week the temperature of the mixture should be 38-39 degrees, and its volume - 30 milliliters per hundred grams of weight kitten in the first four days and 38 milliliters per hundred grams in the remaining days of the week.
Toddler continue to feed every four hours, day and night. The volume of food remains at 38 milliliters per hundred grams of weight kitten. But the temperature of the mixture for feeding lowered to 30-32 degrees.
The amount of food was increased to 46 milliliters per hundred grams of weight kitten. The temperature of the mixture was lowered milk to 28-30 degrees and continue to feed the kitten every four hours during the day. Babies who are breast-feeding to begin to lure the fifteenth day of their lives. But bottle-bait is put only on the fourth week of life.
You can start to give kids other products: scraping or twisted in a meat grinder lean beef, lean cottage cheese, egg yolk. But it is worth to continue to feed them formula. The temperature of the cooking from now brought to room temperature, and its volume remains the same - 46 milliliters per hundred grams of weight kitten.
The first ten days of newborn kittens fed only formula. On the eleventh day it is necessary to gradually accustom babies to solid food. The easiest way - alternate the milk mixture and very liquid porridge. Only sugar in any case can not be added to any mixture of any semolina gruel.
The first four weeks kitten should be fed only by pipetting very small nipple or the syringe without a needle. In the fifth week of life should begin to teach a cat to a small bowl. This usually occurs quite easily. Tiny mouth smeared porridge or milk mixture and fed to a small bowl - hungry kitten begins to lap alone.
Feeding after the first month of life
From the second month of the infant formula ceases to be the main food kitty. With this age the baby needs to be fed other foods, but up to three months, the mixture should be given in the form of bait. After the first month of life in the menu for kittens include almost all the products that feed and an adult cat. By the way, high-quality ready-made food with premium may also be included in the diet of kittens. It is important that such a diet has been designed specifically for kids. But up to six months it is better to feed the kittens natural food. So, turn to the diet of your pet following products.
- Raw or boiled beef or chicken. It is important that the meat was lean and well-milled. Boiled meat is desirable to breed milk or broth to the state of slurry.
- Boiled fish - only boneless and only sea! The fish also need to grind into mush, and to give no more than once a week.
- Kashi milk and meat (lean!) Broth of boiled semolina, buckwheat, rice, oatmeal and yachki. Kashi must first be liquid, viscous and then to the kid could lap them.
- Hard-boiled eggs - also crushed and mixed with milk or broth.
- Low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt, and other dairy drinks without sugar and flavorings.
- Vegetables and fruits, chopped on a fine grater. They can also be, and must be given in the form of raw or cooked, adding oatmeal or ground beef.
It is necessary to include in the diet of baby vitamin and mineral supplements, especially necessary growing organism. They can be purchased at pet stores and veterinary pharmacies. Only now rely dosage and frequency of administration should be strictly in accordance with the instructions, and even better - after consultation with a veterinarian. Allowed to feed the kittens and baby food, but this food is not must be the mainstay of the diet of kittens.
The question of how many times you need to feed a growing cat remains valid for at least the first six months of her life. Before the age of three kittens are fed four times a day. In the fourth month of life, feeding frequency gradually adjusted to three times a day, and so continue to feed the growing cat or kitten to about eight or nine months. With this age the animal is transferred to two meals a day.
In one feeding the baby can be given to only one kind of food. Admittedly this does not mean that the food can not be combined. It is permissible to cook porridge with milk or meat broth, and add them to the vegetables or fruits. It is advisable to alternate different types of protein in one feeding to give, for example, ground beef, and the next time the curd or egg yolk, mashed in milk.
Most importantly - do not overfeed the baby and keep him hungry. And another important point. It was formed at a young age preferences of pet food. If you teach him from childhood to fruits and vegetables, that have matured cat they will not cause hostility. But these products - the best source of vitamins! But if regale the little kitten ready to feed, that then you are unlikely to feed the adult animal other food.
Generally, in relation to the finished feed owners should be very careful. The fact is that such foods contain various additives addictive thereto animal. Translate accustomed to the dry or wet food cat on natural food is often virtually impossible. So be careful!
When feeding of kittens in addition to compliance with the diet is necessary to monitor the hygiene of children:
- Infant formula feeding should be fresh. Store can be no longer than a day.
- All bottles, nipples, pipettes and syringes after each feeding should be sure to wash. And at least once a day they should be boiled.
- In the first month of life it is very important to give kids eat only the recommended temperature. The mixtures must be heated, but do not overheat. If the food cools quickly, it is possible to maintain the temperature using a water bath, or simply omit the bottle with the mixture into the hot water.
- If a child is deprived of maternal care, it is necessary to follow its hygiene: clean the eyes, ears and nose. We need to help your child go to the bathroom after every meal. Mother licks her cubs. And you need a soft, slightly damp marlechkoy massaging baby's tummy and hips, so he relieved himself. A light and smooth massage by the tail quite make it easier.
In short, attention and care never to anyone not there redundant. And when it comes to life and health of pets, then the person has to be a caring owner. And how could it be otherwise? After all, we are responsible for those who tamed.