Kittens are pretty easy to potty train, but the first few days are always extremely messy. After a couple of years of trial and error, I found a battle plan that works very well, very quickly!
The first day with a foster kitten is critical in a young kitten’s life. The most important step to keeping your new guys healthy is to get them warm and hydrated.
How do you tell if a Kitten is dehydrated?
One easy way to see if a kitten is dehydrated is to use the “pinch test”. To do this, simply pinch the scruff of their necks; if the skin has elasticity and immediately goes to its normal position then the kitten is hydrated. However, if the skin takes a little while to go back to its normal position then the kitten is dehydrated.
What do I do if a Kitten is dehydrated?
Young kittens, especially young, feral kittens are usually dehydrated when you receive them, so while it is important to get them hydrated they usually pull through.
Fill up a syringe with distilled water (young kittens should not be given tap water because of the chemicals) and slowly drop water in their mouths. Make sure you do not accidentally aspirate them by forcing too much water in to their mouths as this could lead to serious problems later on. Personally, I keep a syringe full of warm water on hand and offer it to kittens at least once every hour.
Do NOT offer your kittens food at this point! Dehydrated kittens cannot process food and this will waste your kitten’s energy for nothing.
Where should I put the new Kitten?
Warm, dark, and quiet. Every new animal is anxious and in order to relieve this, you are better off keeping them out of the hustle and bustle of a household. Try to put them in a place that is quiet and cover up the vents if the a/c is on.
Young kittens cannot control their body heat so it is imperative that you keep them warm. I put my new kittens in a box with a sheet and set the box on a heating pad.
I hope this has helped and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave it below and I will get back to you!!
The animal foster mom
My name is Taylor and I foster, rescue, and rehabilitate animals. As kitten season approaches and people begin to find kittens in need of help, I thought I might be able to share my knowledge with people who want and/or need help.
I foster orphaned and feral kittens for the animal shelter and hope to share pictures, updates, and helpful tips with people in similar situations!