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.. Kittens

 

Kittens should be left alone with their mothers for at least 3 weeks, & can only be re-homed after 8 weeks.

It is particularly essential in the first three weeks as the mother provides all the food & keeps them clean & warm. She also encourages toileting & keeps the nursery environment free from mess. 

Kittens cannot create their own body heat & need to burrow into mums warm tummy for protection & food.

This is also a vital stage for socialising with the mother & learning important lessons about being a cat.

Kittens taken away from their mothers too soon can die, or grow up without essential feline nutrition & education.

A kittens chances of survival, depends on the early days with their mother.

 

 

Kittens can feel insecure when they have been relocated & removed from their familly.

 

The recommended limit of cats per household is 1 per bedroom. Ideally, one quiet room in the house should be a safe retreat (den) for kittens & cats as they grow (even if it is shared such as an adults bedroom). So that they may feel comfortable & free to behave as comes naturally to them without anxiety. Their core room where they will go to find peace should be away from hustle & bustle & free from children etc. (cats will often be found asleep on adult beds).

When a cat or kitten is first re-homed a room should be prepared for their arrival, this room would ideally act as of that point as their secure core territory.

Ideally the room would have somewhere comfortable to sleep, a scratching post, water & an appropriate litter area nearby. 

Very young kittens gain much of their moisture through the food that they eat, but fresh water should always be available for when they begin to investigate. Cat milk is not advisable for kittens & cows milk, although they may enjoy it, is not advisable for any cat.

Kittens should be at least 8 weeks old before they are re-homed to new famillies. By this time they should be automatically house trained. All we should need to do is put a little consideration into allowing for them to behave as is natural for them, for a happy household.

 

 

 

Kittens need to remain with their mother for three weeks or more

Kittens need to remain with their mother for three weeks or more

If they are removed (orphaned) they will need someone to help them eat, toilet & stay clean

If they are removed (orphaned) they will need someone to help them eat, toilet & stay clean

They will miss out on important mothering, feline lessons & they cannot produce their own body heat so need to be kept warm

They will miss out on important mothering, feline lessons & they cannot produce their own body heat so need to be kept warm

Other fury siblings make for the best early companions

Other fury siblings make for the best early companions

If you have kittens, please let them stay with their kind until they are ready

If you have kittens, please let them stay with their kind until they are ready

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