Why A Mother Cat Can'T Adequately Nurse Her Kittens: What To Do If You Can'T
There are several possible scenarios for why a mother cat can't nurse her children. In some cases, the mother cat will start nursing and then stop. The mother cat may reject some or all of the cats. Kittens that have other medical issues may have trouble latching. If a mother mother cat has a health problem, she may not be able to nurse her cats. Dehydration and malnourishment will also affect the milk supply of the cat. It is important to ensure pregnant and nursing cats have access to high quality, nutrient-dense cat food at all times. A mother cat might notice or suspect a health issue in one or more of her kittens. She may put the sick cat out of the nest box in an effort to protect the other cat. Putting a rejected cat back in a nest box is unlikely to be successful. Consult your veterinary expert on the proper way to bottle-feed. Young cats may lack the energy reserves to produce enough milk. A female cat can get pregnant as young as four months old. The most commonly available type of KMR is called KMR. KMR stands for "kitten milk replacer. " KMR comes in cans or cartons. Cow's milk or human baby formula are not nutritionally appropriate for cats. Most cats will stop crying when they are full. It's a good idea to have some baby formula on hand in case the mother has trouble nursing. KMs cats should be fed milk for at least four weeks of their lives. You may start to start introducing cat food around three weeks old and gradually reduce the amount of milk you offer. You can ask your Vet for information about the amount and frequency of feedings. If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. Always consult your doctor for health-related questions. They have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations. For more information on cat kitty care visit www. kittencare. org. . . .