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Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Gil3987, Apr 26, 2011.


  1. Gil3987

    Gil3987 PetForums Senior

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    hi there looking for some info for my MIL her cat just had 5 kittens this afternoon :)

    i am trying to gather some infor for her on what to do with them between now and 8-10 weeks when they go to new homes.

    any info on worming, weaning, inoculations and anything else i have missed that is important would be very much appreciated - i am even more keen than normal for everything to be done right because we are taking 2 kittens :)

    Gill
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  2. Gratch

    Gratch PetForums VIP

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    Hiya, the kittens are best kept until they are 12/13 weeks old :) Vaccinations would be at 9 and 12 weeks I believe but someone will correct me if I'm wrong, and worming can be done from 3 weeks but you should get the stuff from your vet. Weaning and litter training shouldn't take much effort at all, just put down food constantly for them from 4 weeks onwards and a litter tray and mom should take care of the rest. Weighing the kittens daily atleast for the first two weeks at the same time is advised as it'll let you see if any of them are struggling to gain, the minimum per day should be 7g from what I've read. Hoping your litter comes along nicely and you have no problems :)
     
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    Chez87 PetForums VIP

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    Does that mean she wouldn't be convinced to keep the kittens til they are 12 weeks? :(
     
  4. Gil3987

    Gil3987 PetForums Senior

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    not sure when she plans to keep them to - i know she has 3 booked (2 of them to us) but not sure when ppl want them - i am changing my job so that i will be working from home probably from about the begining of july so we wont be getting our til at least then and they will be about 10 weeks then, but if i dont think they are ready to leave mum i wont take them and wont let her give the others away :) i can be very persuasive lol

    I seen little shallow kitten litter trays in pets at home would one of them be ok?

    Gill
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  5. Gratch

    Gratch PetForums VIP

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    The shallow trays would be brilliant for litter training :) Please do convince your mom to keep them til 12/13 weeks as they'll be well socialised and less likely to have behavioural issues that might get them rehomed or put in a shelter. I'm sure a breeder could tell you the in's and out's of why they should stay with their mom for that long and then you can tell your mom :)
     
  6. Chez87

    Chez87 PetForums VIP

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    This. You won't know by looking at them if they are ready to leave their mum. In fact mum may well appear to have the hump with the kittens (hissing at them even) but all this is essential in teaching them what is and is not ok in play. When you take them home and they are bitey in playtime, (and it takes a LONG time to teach them that is not ok) and have other such bahvioural problems, it will be too late.
     
  7. gloworm*mushroom

    gloworm*mushroom PetForums VIP

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    Sorry but it is NOT up to the people when they want them! It is up to your mum! And she should keep them til 12 weeks for the safety of the kittens, it doesnt matter at all what the new owners want. If they were halfway decent people they would accept that it was better for the kittens (after a brief google research) and agree to let them stay, or not have a kitten.

    If theyre not willing to take the kittens later, they are not going to be good kitten owners...
     
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