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Weighing newborn kittens

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by lindseyd, May 27, 2013.


  1. lindseyd

    lindseyd PetForums Newbie

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    I will be weighing my cats 1 day old kittens soon and I am just wondering if there is any safe method of marking them to tell them apart?
    I have read that some use food colouring but I just want to make sure that what I do is safe.
    All the kittens are black and white in the same spots on their bodies I think so I will double check when I take them out of the nesting box to make sure, but if they are very similar what should I do?
    I want to make sure that I keep an accurate log of their weights so I don't want to mix them up.
     
  2. carly87

    carly87 PetForums VIP

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    Food colouring is fine, but will need to be reapplied frequently as mum will clean it off. Some shave a tiny patch of fluff on the kittens in different spots, but I've never done this and shudder to think of the damage that can be done. Some use a tiny bit of nail varnish on a claw, but most commonly, different coloured tiny bands are used as collars. For a first timer, food colouring will be safest as you've no danger of toxic chemicals or kittens getting a leg caught in their collar.
     
  3. sharon_gurney

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    Hi

    I have this problem as Siamese kittens are born completely white with no marking.

    Food colouring is a good idea, I use coloured paper collars but only when they are older as I worry about them getting caught on them.
     
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    I use the coloured paper collars from the start and I've never had an issue with legs getting caught up in them. The sticky fastening bit is cut in a chevron pattern to deliberately fail when subject to strain.
     
  5. we love bsh's

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    look on ebay for kitten id bands,you can cut each strip into 4 to make them last longer and its better for tiny necks when there thinner, i leave room for two fingers behind the paper band.

    Never had probs with mine and I currently have two identical 10 weeks old kittens still wearing them.
     
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    Talking of ID bands . Looked at mine today , I can cut them in half to make them thinner but don't think I will be able to get four out of one, cos I only have a sticky at one end ... Do yours have a sticky at both ends ?
     
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    no you cut them length ways,depends what size strips uyou have mine are 1 inch strips.
     
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    I've used food colouring before but find it comes off too easily. I now use strips of fleece which are stretchy enough to grow with kittens - just need to check that they aren't getting too tight or too loose for legs to be caught in them. I found the paper bands too awkward for little Siamese necks.
    I thought about the hairbands too but was concerned they might get too tight. The bands in your link look good Spotty cats - haven't seen anything like that here though :(
     
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