Taking Care Of Teacup Kittens & Cats

Teacup KittensWhen taking on the joy and responsibility of a young pet, it is important to know everything you can about taking care of teacup kittens. Then you can be more confident that you will enjoy happy and healthy teacup kittens in your home.

When you bring home your tiny bundle of fur, you should be mentally prepared to love your teacup kitten for its whole life. This will include plenty of time spent training, feeding and grooming your pet, as well as costing you money. But the joy and happiness that a teacup cat will bring is far beyond any material cost or investment of time.

If you have an adult cat that has given birth to a litter of teacup kittens, you can usually allow her to take care of the needs of her teacup kittens for the first few weeks. You will need to provide her with a safe and private place to do that, out of the way of traffic and excess noise and with a good, steady temperature. Make sure to have bedding laid out large enough for the mother and teacup kittens to relax and sleep on together. Watch the mother cat clean her babies regularly, feed them and generally control any energetic teacup cat behavior that develops in those first four weeks. Have plenty of food and water available for mother, as she will be feeding her litter and recovering from birth as well.

If you have rescued an orphaned teacup kitten, you have much more work to do in those first weeks. Consider a foster mother cat if one is available. Otherwise consider yourself the primary provider of warmth, sanitation, food and care from the rescue onward. This is a full-time, involved job so don’t enter into it lightly.

Set up bedding that is warm and absorbent (fleece or old towels work well), as well as free from strings or threads that the teacup cats may get caught up in. Providing a source of warmth can be tricky – always remember to watch for the chance of burning and allow the teacup kittens the ability to move away from heat. Heating lamps may work, but heating pads should be avoided.

Teacup Cat Food

Consider a food like commercial or homemade milk replacements, but be sure to find something that is nutritionally stable and prepare it properly. Feeding can be done through bottles or tubes, but be sure to sterilize all of the equipment well.

Once your teacup kittens are four weeks old, they will begin to wean either from mother or your hand feedings. You can introduce a small amount of wet food at this time, but make sure it is specially formulated for teacup kittens. This will ensure that they start their growth with the optimum advantages. After five weeks, mix a small amount of premium dry teacup cat food with the wet food.

As soon as your teacup kittens open their eyes and begin to move around, you can introduce safe toys for their playtime. Small balls or scratchers will help them develop and may also help to deter them from scratching your furniture, walls and flooring.

This is also the time when you can introduce them to the litter box. As mother cat will not want to share and the teacup cats need a shorter, more accessible box, you should purchase a small litter box strictly for them. Be sure to buy only wheat or corn litter, as they may take to eating it and clay litter is very dangerous when consumed. Watch them as they learn the procedure, acting as encouragement and cleaning up any messes along the way. Sometimes special products will need to be purchased to help attract or train your teacup kittens in their litter box.

After the six week mark your teacup kittens will be ready to roam the house, so take special care to “teacup kitten proof” the area – such as keeping cupboard doors and drawers closed, shutting the lid of all toilet seats and even installing outlet covers. Don’t underestimate the adventurous spirit and mischievous capabilities of your teacup cats.

Taking care of teacup kittens can seem a daunting and involved job. There are many things to consider and many elements to monitor and supervise. Always remember the fun, joy and love that will come as you share your home and your heart with teacup cats. They are worth any investment.

Why Is My Kitten Vomiting?

Causes of Kitten Vomiting

Kittens may experience vomiting for a number of reasons, but some kitten vomiting may be the result of a more serious condition. Knowing the facts about the signs and symptoms of your kitten’s vomiting problem can help you make a more informed decision about treatment.

There are many reasons that may cause a kitten to vomit. Digestive upset is very often the cause of vomiting in cats and may be the result of hairballs, changes in diet, food sensitivity or allergies. Even something as simple as stress can result in occasional vomiting. More serious causes of vomiting may include intestinal parasites, nervous system problems, peritonitis, poisons, kidney or liver disease, chronic renal failure, acute metritis or uterus problems, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, bowel or intestinal obstructions and skin diseases. The key to determining if your kitten’s vomiting is caused by a simple problem or a more serious condition requiring treatment is know your kitten’s overall health habits and note any changes accordingly. This will allow you to notice extreme changes in your kitten.

Kitten VomitingOccasional vomiting may occur with healthy cats. Look for changes such as persistent vomiting or vomiting over long periods of time. Other warning signs include blood or feces in the vomit, projectile vomiting or parasites that can be seen in the vomit. The composition of the kitten’s vomit may provide clues to its cause. Blood in vomit may indicate stomach problems or bleeding, mucus may mean a problem with the upper intestines; food may indicate poisons or digestive upset and vomit containing bile may mean a bowel problem.  With persistent vomiting it is also wise to keep track of your kitten’s overall appearance. Look for other warning signs that can accompany serious problems such as diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, and weight loss. Your kitten’s behavior can tell you a lot about their health. If your kitten is vomiting repeatedly or has anything abnormal about their vomit and their general demeanor is different, then a trip to the vet’s office is probably warranted.

To determine the cause of your kitten’s vomiting, your vet will most likely run diagnostic tests and procedures. They may perform a blood chemistry test, blood cell counts, x-rays, urinalysis or ultrasounds to check for signs of injury or disease. Once a proper diagnosis is obtained, you and your vet can discuss treatment options. Intravenous fluids, medications or even surgery may be needed to cure serious health problems. Treatment at home for simple kitten vomiting problems means keeping a close watch to prevent dehydration, which can be extremely serious for young cats.

You can help avoid kitten vomiting by keeping your pet up to date on vaccinations to prevent serious diseases and keeping him free of worms and fleas. Worming for kittens should be done three times during the kitten’s early life, every two weeks. Then your kitten should be wormed every two months for the first six months after that. Once this stage is reached a kitten or cat will only need to be wormed every three to six months on a regular schedule. Keeping your cats skin healthy will prevent hairball and skin conditions that cause licking and hair ingestion. Provide your kitten with a healthy and nutritious diet, and avoid sudden changes in diet that may cause stomach upset.
Change your kitten’s food over a period of time and in small doses. Always feed fresh food, don’t refrigerate older food to serve again as it may grow bacteria in it. Don’t give your kitten cow’s milk as it often causes stomach upset. Groom your kitten regularly to prevent the ingestion of hair. If hairballs are a consistent problem, you may wish to discuss medications or over the counter treatments for hairballs with your vet.

Like humans, kittens may occasionally vomit to rid their bodies of unwanted or harmful substances. By knowing your kitten’s behavior and overall health, you will be able to determine if vomiting is occurring too much or if you kitten is showing signs of more serious problems.