Birth To Weaning

Articles about the care of kittens from birth to the end of the weaning process

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  • * Clipping Teeth
    Occasionally as a kitten grows, its jaw will go `off` ... and it`s bite will be crooked. While this often corrects with time, the kitten`s baby canine teeth can prevent or interfere with the re-alignment process. There is an answer to the problem - clipping the canines.
    August 2019

  • * Cutting The Umbilical Cord Of A Newborn Kitten
    Cutting the cord of a newborn is the most common `surgery` the cat breeder is called upon to perform. Enjoy a step-by-step description of the process, complete with photographs.
    March 2020

  • * Dewclaws on the Hind Legs
    Occasionally a kitten will be born with dewclaws on its hind legs.
    January 2003

  • * Early Neuter Spay
    Neutering or Spaying Kittens before the age of 4 months is safe and comes with great advantages for the responsible cat breeder.
    August 2018

  • * First Twelve Weeks
    The first 12 weeks of a kitten`s life are the most critical in it development.
    April 2007

  • Grace`s Litter
    A breeder shares the experience of her first litter...
    June 2004

  • Grace`s Litter Takes Their First Steps
    Adia Kilpatrick shares the progress of herkittens from her first litter.
    July 2004

  • * Heart Murmur In A Kitten
    The significance of a heart murmur varies greatly. A young kitten with a heart murmur may outgrow it. When an older cat develops a heart murmur, it can be a much more serious condition.
    April 2021

  • Kitten Due Date Calculator
    Simply type in the date of the first day your queen was bred, and her Due Date will be calculated for you.
    March 2011

  • * Kittens On Carpeting
    How do you raise a litter of kittens from birth to weaning on a carpeted floor?
    March 2017

  • Peekaboo
    Adia Kilpatrick continues the story of her first litter of kittens.
    July 2004

  • * Poopy Butt In A Kitten
    Poopy Butt is an unscientific (but very descriptive) term that refers to the condition that happens when a kitten develops a ball of feces that sticks to the hair of its rear end, often covering the anus and preventing the kitten from defecating properly.
    March 2020

  • * Ready To Go To A New Home
    When the time approaches for a kitten to leave its breeder, there are things you can do that will help prepare the kitten for the change and help to make the transition go as smoothly as possible . . .
    April 2013

  • * Ready To Wean
    How do you know when your kittens are ready to wean? Is a when they turn 6 weeks old? Is it when their mom rejects them? Or is there some other sign to watch for that indicates the kittens are ready for solid food?
    July 2022

  • * Runt of the Litter
    Why is there sometimes a smaller kitten in a litter? Can it be prevented? Will the kitten always be smaller?
    July 2015

  • * Separate Litter Boxes For Mom And Her Kittens
    Do you know that if you provide separate litter boxes for your mom-cat and her kittens, it is one way you may have healthier kittens? Do you know how to stop kittens from using their mother's litter box? And visa-versa? Learn the answers to these questions and more...
    December 2012

  • * Stages of Kitten Growth & Development
    This article includes an easy-to-understand chart showing the different stages of development of a kitten from birth to weaning at 4 months.
    March 2020

  • * Weaning Your Kittens
    Shortly after they reach five to six weeks of age, it is time for most kittens to switch from their mother's milk and start on solid food. Weaning can be a stressful time for the kittens, both physically and mentally. Learn how you can make it easier for the kittens to make this diet transition.
    August 2016

  • * When Weaning Kittens Won`t Eat
    At weaning time occasionally a kitten will be totally uninterested in trying solid food. What can you do to encourage the kitten to eat?
    June 2017



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