8 kitten facts for responcible cat parents.
1. They’re not kittens for long. Kittens grow into young adulthood in the first two years. By this age, their eye color, coat color, and personality will be well-established.
2. During kittens’ first 12 weeks, to become socialized and friendly toward people, they need for loving human hands to hold them and pet them.
3. They even need help pottying. From birth to about 5 weeks old, kittens rely on their mothers to stimulate their anogenital region so they can urinate and defecate. A foster parent can help with that by taking a warm, wet cotton ball and gently rubbing the kittens’ anogenital region. Without this help, orphan kittens could die.
4. They’re not finicky eaters yet. This is the time to give them a variety of kitten food so they don’t become picky eaters.
5. Kittens need for a smaller litter box, so they can get in and out of it on their own.
6. Sometimes kittens eat the litter. Not a problem, just use an edible formula like corn or wheat.
7. Fleas are especially dangerous to kittens. Fleas can cause tapeworm and a host of diseases. In kittens, these parasites can cause anemia, which can be fatal. Improper use of flea-control products is also dangerous.
8. Kittens can become parents. Kittens can be spayed as early as 8 weeks, and they can go into heat and become pregnant by 5 months, so don’t procrastinate.