Have you ever been faced with the daunting task of introducing an orphaned kitten to a foster mother? It’s not the easiest task in the world, but it’s still doable with a lot of time and commitment on your part. You’ll find a proven way to do this in this article, as I’ve had success with this method three times with three different mother cats and kittens.
A foster mother is only required to feed the kitten if it has not yet been weaned or is too small or weak to eat on its own. You must make sure that the mother cat has her own kittens that are still feeding on her milk. You should also make sure that she is healthy enough to feed another kitten before trying to get her to adopt the orphan. It’s also best if she has more than one kitten, as she’ll tend to notice the new addition much less if she has more than one litter. However, this method has worked well for me even with cats that only have one kitten with them.
First you need to make sure that the mother cat has a safe and comfortable place to feed her kittens. While she feeds her kittens. It is also good to introduce an object, which has the smell of the new orphan and let him smell it. When she has settled down to feed her kittens it is good to introduce her to the orphan to nurse from her. She may need someone to guide the orphan to nurse, while she calms the cat down if she becomes agitated. Don’t use her force on her, but proceed to calm her down by rubbing her head or the bottom of her chin. This will calm her down.
However, if she does shed, don’t worry, she’ll be back to feeding her kittens soon. You’ll have to be here every time it happens. If the kitten isn’t getting much milk, you should feed it some kitten or even baby formula if that’s all you can get. I have used a pipette to do this with one of my kitties.
Little by little you will realize that the mother cat will start to lick the kitten. Sometimes she may hiss and spit at him. When this happens, she removes the kitten to prevent it from getting hurt. She reintroduces him later so he has another chance. Eventually, the mother cat will get the courage to lick it and before long she won’t be able to tell it apart from her own litter.
This can take two or three days at the most, even with the proudest of mother cats and the most capricious kittens. All you need is a little patience and time to achieve success. So the next time you find an orphaned cat, don’t panic, you can follow the steps above and have a foster mother adopt it as your own.