Birth To Weaning
Articles about the care of kittens from birth to the end of the weaning process
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- * Clipping Teeth
Occasionally as a kitten grows, its jaw will go `off` ... and it`s bite will be crooked. While this often corrects with time, the kitten`s baby canine teeth can prevent or interfere with the re-alignment process. There is an answer to the problem - clipping the canines.
- * Cutting The Umbilical Cord
Cutting the cord of a newborn is the most common `surgery` the cat breeder is called upon to perform. Enjoy a step-by-step description of the process, complete with photographs.
- * Dewclaws on the Hind Legs
Occasionally a kitten will be born with dewclaws on its hind legs.
- * Early Neuter Spay
Neutering or Spaying Kittens before the age of 4 months is safe and comes with great advantages for the responsible cat breeder.
- * First Twelve Weeks
The first 12 weeks of a kitten`s life are the most critical in it development.
- Grace`s Litter
A breeder shares the experience of her first litter...
- Grace`s Litter Takes Their First Steps
Adia Kilpatrick shares the progress of herkittens from her first litter.
- * Heart Murmur In A Kitten
A heart murmur occurs when there is turbulence in the normal flow of blood through the chambers of the heart or in the large vessels exiting the heart. The significance of a heart murmur varies greatly. A young kitten with a heart murmur may outgrow it. When an older cat develops a heart murmur, it can be a much more serious condition.
- Kitten Due Date Calculator
Simply type in the date of the first day your queen was bred, and her Due Date will be calculated for you.
- * Kittens On Carpeting
How do you raise a litter of kittens from birth to weaning on a carpeted floor?
Adia Kilpatrick continues the story of her first litter of kittens.
- * Poopy Butt
Poopy Butt is an unscientific (but very descriptive) term that refers to the condition that happens when a kitten develops a ball of feces that sticks to the hair of its rear end, often covering the anus and preventing the kitten from defecating properly.
- * Ready To Wean
How do you know when your kittens are ready to wean? Is a when they turn 6 weeks old? Is it when their mom rejects them? Or is there some other sign to watch for that indicates the kittens are ready for solid food?
- * Runt of the Litter
Why is there sometimes a smaller kitten in a litter? Can it be prevented? Will the kitten always be smaller?
- * Separate Litter Boxes For Mom And Her Kittens
Do you know that if you provide separate litter boxes for your mom-cat and her kittens, it is one way you may have healthier kittens? Do you know how to stop kittens from using their mother's litter box? And visa-versa? Learn the answers to these questions and more...
- * Stages of Kitten Growth & Development
This article includes an easy-to-understand chart showing the different stages of development of a kitten from birth to weaning at 4 months.
- * Weaning Your Kittens
Shortly after they reach five to six weeks of age, it is time for most kittens to switch from their mother's milk and start on solid food. Weaning can be a stressful time for the kittens, both physically and mentally. Learn how you can make it easier for the kittens to make this diet transition.
- * When Weaning Kittens Won`t Eat
At weaning time occasionally a kitten will be totally uninterested in trying solid food. What can you do to encourage the kitten to eat?