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Kitten Hygiene

Kittens are fragile and sensitive to disease and infections. This is particularly true for kittens that did not get any milk from their mother. During the first few days after the birth, the mother-cat secrets a special condensed milk called colostrum. The colostrum contains vital antibodies that provide the kitten with passive immunity to many different kinds of disease. Without the colostrum, kittens are more susceptible to disease. In some areas you can obtain colostrum from your vet or the larger pet food chains.

It is important to keep your kitten isolated from other pets and people until he is older. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your kitten. His bedding material will also become soiled and wet and should be changed frequently. Avoid handling your kitten too roughly and if you have younger children, keep them from handling the newcomer if at all possible.

All items used for feeding your kitten must be washed in hot, soapy water, rinsed well and then sterilized by immersing in boiling water. This does not apply to the feeding syringes; simply rinsing them out with hot water right after feeding, and storing in an airtight container helps keep away the germs. Using dishwashing soap will corrode the rubber inside and make feeding virtually impossible after a few washes. Do not boil these plastic syringes as they will melt quickly. Keep all your supplies together in one place so you can find them easily. ( I store mine in a shoebox in the refrigerator). When you wake up at 1:00 a.m. / 4:00 a.m and 7:00 a.m. for a feedings, it is nice to know that your items needed are right on hand. Simply run hot water over the syringes and bottles to warm up the items prior to use.

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