Newborn kittens have a special urge to grow healthier and stronger from the very early days of their lives. They are born with the need to socialize and interact with both their peers and humans.
Here are the most important facts about the newborn kittens brought to you by some of the most notorious experts in the field.
Their weigh ranges from 3 to 4 ounces at birth
Newborn kittens, right after birth, weigh between 3 to 4 ounces and then start to gain weight gradually at a rate of 4 ounces a week.
According to Dr. Aimee Simpson, the medical director of the Cat Hospital of Philadelphia “ kittens should weigh 1 pound by the time they are 4 weeks old”.
Their immune system is boosted at birth
Newborn kittens receive immune boosting colostrum from the mother cat. Colostrum has an important role in the growth of these little kittens, it enhances their immune system and functions as antibodies to diseases. Without this colostrum their immune system will be vulnerable to infection.
They can’t regulate their body temperature
From the first day they are born until 2 to 4 weeks, they need a special source of heat. According to Simpsons, the perfect surrounding temperature for newborn kittens is 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit along with a humidity that ranges from 50 to 60 percent.
Their eyes and ears canals are closed at birth
They are born blind and deaf. Their eyes won’t open until after a week or two. For their ears canals, they open after 10 or 14 days maximum. All kittens are born with blue eyes and their true color will be evident after 2 months, adds Dr .Simpsons.
They need to be fed every 3 hours
Newborn kittens should be placed on their stomachs if they are bottle-fed. Placing them on their backs increases the risk of aspiration. By the time they are 3 to 4 weeks, kittens can be fed with solid food.
According to Dr. Renee Rucinsky, a board certified feline specialist at the Mid Atlantic Cat Hospital in Queens town, Maryland, kittens who aren’t well fed can have low blood sugar that might threaten their lives.
They must be stimulated to go to the bathroom
New born kittens can’t go to the bathroom on their own, instead they should be stimulated. Usually it’s their mother’s job to do so, by licking their area around their genitals. But if you’re raising a kitten on your own, you can do that by applying a warm towel on that area.
They erupt their teeth at 3 weeks of age
Newborn kittens-according to Dr Simpson-begin to erupt their baby teeth at the age of 3 weeks. After 14 weeks they begin to lose those deciduous teeth. At the age of 16 months their adult teeth should be fully grown.