What do you recommend for Newborn cat care?


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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – A stray cat outside had kittens. I took her into my garage and have been feeding her. What are the recommendations for Newborn cat care?

Bonnie – Tampa FL


Hi – thanks for your email. You asked for recommendations for newborn cat care. For the most part – the mother cat will care well for the kittens. I'd recommending making sure she is eating a good quality food formulated for nursing cats. Also, I'd check the kittens on at least a daily basis to make sure they all look content – they are nursing and appear healthy.

I have some articles that will be prefect for you. The article on orphaned kitten care is very good as it tells you how to care for kittens and tell if they are healthy and give them what they need. Although you are not dealing with orphaned kittens – this article is very useful.

Go to:

Orphaned Kitten (how to care for motherless kittens)
The Feeding and Nutrition of Kittens
How to Kitten Proof Your Home
What Not to Do with Your New Kitten
How Mother Cats Take Care of Kittens

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.