Weaning kittens will
depend on your management of their feeding. Generally it is
let your kittens to nurse for as long as they want. Kittens will nurse often as long
as the queen stands for it.
While the first couple of weeks this is normal to nurse often as they
there comes a time they must learn to handle life on their own. From
they are three weeks old they can learn to navigate food but leave them
the queen longer.
If she is a heavy milking
queen reduce her feed for a few
days to slow milk production, allowing the kittens to continue nursing.
her milk level drops it’s safer for her to progress with weaning.
and water overnight in order to drop the nutritional level then remove
kittens. While the kittens are undergoing a transition
so is the queen! It’s
easy to forget about her sometimes when the focus is on those
kittens especially those with show potential! Once the kittens are
removed be sure to give the queen a
special treat with her meal – she’s earned it!
should be eating well on their own
able to handle the kitten food or raw food, whichever you are feeding. Being
carnivores they need meat so be sure to keep this in mind
when selecting a
growth diet. Although weaning kittens can be done at eight weeks they
still have a great
deal of growth to do!
Whether a show kitten or
not, bone, muscle, organ and coat development
is a foundation developed in this early stage.
The first introductions
to food will probably be messy! As
the kittens learn to eat it will get better. Have a good nutrition
place. If you are feeding raw foods start
them on raw foods – no need to
introduce to kibble then raw.
Just a few things can
make a difference between a stressful
weaning experience and one that goes smoothly! Your kittens deserve it!
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