ADOPTED A MOTHER AND 4 KITTENS WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY KITTENS SPAYED AND NEURTERED
WOW WHAT A SURPRIZE WHEN MY RESCUED FEMALE CAT BROUGHT HOME 3 KITTENS 1 FEMALE AND 2 MALES MOM IS SPAYED NOW WHEN DO I TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS AND WHAT IS THE BEST FOOD FOR THEM
on Oct 24th 2012
in The Adoption Process
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Hiya. You should be thinking about getting the kittens neutered at around 6 months old. Some vets will do it from 4 months old but there are some concerns about leg bone problems in kittens that are neutered early. Leg bones can grow longer in early neutering cases as hormones that close the growth plates are no longer being produced by the reproductive organs. These longer bones can mean that fractures are more likely. Obviously, this is something that you should discuss with your vet, especially if your female kittens come in to season early as you would definitely want to avoid another pregnancy!
As for the food, once they are weaned, I would suggest a wet food as it can be a lot easier for tiny kitten mouths than dry food! Any good quality, high meat, low carb complete cat food is suitable. There isn't really any need to buy kitten specific food as there really isn't much difference. If food comes in large chunks then please mush it up to prevent choking :-)
Binx answered on 10/25/12. Helpful? / 0
The local humane society spays and neuters at 12 weeks, so I assume that's the absolute earliest that you can spay/neuter a kitten. If the kittens are weaned, then you can feed them wet or dry kitten food. If they're tiny -- like, eyes barely open -- you might want to ask for help at your local shelter. If your shelter has a kitten fostering program, they can advise you on how to bottle feed kitten formula, when to move to formula mixed with wet food, and when you can completely wean them on to wet or dry kitten food.
Pinkamena Diane answered on 10/29/12. Helpful? / 0