Kittens after birth
The birth of kittens (especially for the first time) is an exciting event not only for the cat, but also for its owners. And, although almost the entire care of offspring in the first weeks lies with the cat, the owners can help her with this. The main thing is to provide proper care and nutrition so that the cat has enough milk.
In the early days, people should not touch the kittens with their hands, because the cat may refuse them – stop feeding. In the first month, you need to observe how the kittens gain weight and develop.
First week of life
Kittens are born without hearing and vision, with thin hair, fragile bones and poor thermoregulation, so they urgently need a mother who warms them. The first day after birth the cat surrounds the offspring with its body and practically does not leave a permanent place. And when she makes small absences, the kittens try to lump together, closer to each other.
By the way, the smell of kittens is developed from birth, and therefore they can smell mother from the first days of life. They come to light with a weight of no more than 100 g, and up to 10 cm in length. Every day a kitten should add 10–20 g.
At first, kittens sleep and eat almost all the time, cannot go to the toilet on their own and are not able to stand on their paws, moving around the cat crawling. On the third day, the kittens lose their umbilical cord, and on the fifth they have a hearing, although they still cannot determine the source of the sound.
Second week of life
The kitten already weighs twice as much as at birth, and its eyes open – however, they are bluish-dull and covered with film. For this reason, the pet can only distinguish the outlines of objects. Understand that the kitten appeared, albeit weak, but the sight, can be due to the fact that the eyelids began to move apart and eyes were visible in the gap.
Wool becomes thicker, an undercoat appears, and the kitten no longer needs to be so warm as in the first days of life. But the baby still needs to stay close to the mother in a warm box or on the litter. The kitten cannot walk yet and continues to crawl.
Third week of life
Pet continues to actively gain weight, his vision improves, although it is still weak, therefore, creeping, it can bump into objects. He is not yet able to determine the distance to objects, since he is not developed binocular vision. Right now he makes the first attempts to get out of the stove in which he lives. During this period, his first milk teeth begin to erupt, and this happens without obvious symptoms.
Fourth week of life
At this stage of development, baby teeth should already appear in the baby, which is why it is time to add supplements to the diet and give water. At this age, the kitten can walk on its own, although it does not move too fast. He is already playing with other kittens from the litter and begins to learn from his mother’s skills.
At this time, next to the litter on which the kittens live, you can put a tray to the kids began to get used to it. Their bones have become stronger, and you can already take the kittens on your hands, play with them and stroke them, that is, carry out simple manipulations for their socialization and getting used to the person. In addition, this is the right time for deworming.
Kitten can be transferred to feed for kittens. The cat has almost no offspring, but she still has milk at night. The kittens are still sleeping for a long time, but they are already playing and moving around the room, so family members should carefully look at their feet so that they do not accidentally step on them.
Eyes acquire a natural shade characteristic of the breed. The undercoat is also growing, and the pattern on the coat becomes clear. At this age, the kittens are often already torn off from the mother, but it is advisable to wait another couple of weeks for them to learn more skills that will certainly be useful to them in adulthood.