Weaning a Kitten

Kittens should leave their mother’s milk at a certain point in time. Weaning is the process of transitioning the Kitten from mother’s milk to solid foods. This step is beneficial in the Kitten’s development, which means you should be well versed with the time of weaning and how to do it the right way.

Weaning a kitten shouldn’t be an overwhelming affair if you have the right information. The good news is that the mother cat will start the weaning process on her own, but there are several instances you can intervene. If the mother cat has problems producing enough milk for the young ones or in case of death, you will be forced to start the weaning process on your own.

weaning a kitten
weaning a kitten

When to start weaning a kitten

Before we proceed, let’s say that a kitten should at least be exposed to the mother’s milk for 2 days or more. The first milk, which is also known as Colostrum, has antibodies that are very beneficial in the Kitten’s development process.

The process of weaning a kitten should start when they are at least 4 weeks of age in normal situations. If they still have their mother, you will notice that by this time the kittens are trying to eat the mother’s food, but she will push them away. If you are trying to wean an orphaned kitten, then you can start a little earlier. The situation will force you to start weaning as soon as the mother dies. Though, it’s always an excellent idea to start introducing her to solid foods at the age of 3 weeks.

If you want to stay until they are ready for weaning on their own, you should wait until they start chewing on feeding bottles. At this point in time, start introducing them to food.

The weaning process usually stops when the kittens are 8 to 10 weeks old. If you are charged with the responsibility of weaning an orphaned kitten, you shouldn’t start too early. If the mother dies when they are too young, then it’s an excellent idea to continue giving the kitten milk until they are ready to start consuming solid foods.

The other thing is to introduce the Kitten to solid foods once you notice that the eyes are open and the Kitten is stable on her feet. At this point in time, you can safely introduce her to solid foods.

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How long does it take to wean a kitten?

The process of weaning a kitten usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. Most kittens are completely weaned at this point in time.

Preparing to wean a kitten

Never remove the Kitten from the mother abruptly-Just like children will learn through observations, the Kitten will notice when the mother is eating and replicate the whole behaviour. What this means is that you should slowly transition from mothers milk to solid food.

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How to wean orphaned or rejected Kitten?

Weaning a kitten is a process and not a single action. If you want to do it correctly, following the below steps.

Introduce the cat to replacement milk-Immediately you start weaning a kitten.  In this case, you should start by giving around 1/3 cup of replacement milk for each meal. You also should use kitten chow.

Newborn kittens, up to 1 week old, should be fed every 2-3 hours; by 2 weeks old, every 4-6 hours. Once they are 3 weeks old, they can be fed every 4 to 6 hours.

Acclimatize the Kitten to bowl feeding-This is the most overwhelming process of weaning a kitten mainly because the Kitten is used to sucking. To do this, usually dip a finger on the bowl, and the cut will suck it smoothly as he is accustomed to. Start introducing it at the age of 3 weeks.

Introduce solid food-This is actually the process that will follow after the cat gets used to bowl feeding. Though, it’s always a nice thing to start slow with solid foods. In this case, you should mix ground high quality kitten foods with the milk replacer until the mixture looks like oatmeal and feed it to the cut.

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Introduce water and wet cat food. The mother milk contained a lot of water, and for this reason, you should introduce the Kitten to a lot of drinks water included. It’s always a beautiful thing to add water in a small and shallow dish. Take caution when giving water in a large bowl. A large dish full of water can be a safety hazard to the tinny Kitten. Wet cat food- Fluffy mousse texture in sauce is easy to eat and helps kittens transition from milk to solid food; a perfect complement to Mother & Babycat Dry Cat Food

Best time for Kitten adoption

Your life seems fairly stable, which is the right time to adopt a kitten. Though, when you are thinking of such a massive milestone in your life, you should know the right time and age to adopt a kitten. It’s usually advisable to adopt a kitten at the age of 12 weeks. This is the time that the Kitten has completely weaned and is ready and able to feed on her own.

At this age, most kittens will adopt to the new environment very fast. You will also not have issues with weaning the Kitten. It will be used to solid foods, and solid foods will no longer be a bother.

As you start the process of weaning a kitten, make sure you don’t leave the Kitten alone for long times. It can be easier to leave her for a short time, but if you have to be out for longer hours, you can carry the Kitten in your car or just leave it under care.

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