How to raise an orphaned kitten baby

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Orphaned Kitty Care

Making sure that your kitten receives the right nutrition is vital in ensuring that they grow into a happy, healthy cat. Here at Pets at Home, we understand this, which is why we stock a complete range for felines of all shapes and sizes.

We have a range of tasty flavours from leading brands such as Felix, Go Cat and Iams. We also cater for special dietary requirements, such as sensitive stomachs. Simply use the navigation to the left of the page to browse our full range.

When should I start to feed my kitten?

Kittens begin to eat solid food at around four weeks. They are usually weaned from their mother by six to eight weeks. After weaning, most kittens live on solid food, but continue to suckle from time to time.

What should I feed my kitten?

Kittens require high-protein, wholesome food and a constant supply of water. Feed tinned food or pouches, as well as dry cat food for grazing. As a treat, feed your kitten fresh fish or chicken, but be sure to carefully remove any bones before serving. Baked salmon is an exceptional high-quality protein treat for cats. You can even add a pinch of catnip, but avoid using other seasonings and spices. See how long to bake salmon at varying oven temperatures here.

How often should I feed my kitten?

Kittens generally eat more than adult cats and begin to eat less as they grow.

As a guide:

  • Up to 5 Months - 5 to 4 meals a day
  • 6-8 Months - 3 to 4 meals a day
  • 9-12 Months - 3 meals a day

Avoid over-feeding your kitten as this can lead to health problems such as obesity, heart problems and arthritis in later life. Your kitten should gain weight at around one pound per month, until the age of six months.

My kitten is not eating, what should I do?

If your kitten does not eat for 24 hours, consult a vet.


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