Cats belong to the animal class of mammals, so it is defined as a group of vertebrate animals whose fetus, provided with a placenta, develops (naturally) inside the mother’s body and the offspring are fed on the mother’s milk through the breast, from birth. That is, feeding the kittens is necessary. But for how long?
Each species has a different period of lactation, from days to months or years. In the following article, we will talk about feeding newborn kittens and some basic aspects of nursing care. If you are interested in knowing when to stop breastfeeding kittens, read on!
Breastfeeding is a very important period to ensure the correct development of kittens. During this period, the cat is responsible for the protection and care of her children, because they are completely dependent on her. Breast milk has a very special composition and provides all the nutrients that offspring need so that they can eat solid food.
Breast milk ingredients:
- water. The main component of milk is water, accounting for more than 80%. This ensures that the body is hydrated, without the need for additional water intake. When the gut is premature, excess water intake can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Fats Breast milk contains fats that are easily digested and absorbed. In addition, they are very useful because they transport many vitamins that are absorbed along with triglycerides in the intestine and become part of the cat’s body.
- Proteins It is a protein food so it helps in the development of the internal structures and the growth of the body mass of cats.
- Carbohydrates Breast milk contains sugars which are a very effective source of energy for newborn kittens.
- Immunoglobulins. Through milk, the cat transmits antibodies, that is, it conveys to cats protection from some diseases that are in the environment, against which they are not born immune.
- Minerals Milk is a great source of iron, phosphorous, and calcium, which are essential for the healthy growth of young people.
When do cats stop feeding?
For kittens, they must be fed mother’s milk when they are newborns, as it is the source of their protection from diseases and to be able to strengthen a strong and active immune system. In response to cats stopping breastfeeding, they have a physiological explanation, they can eat solid food and their teeth begin to come out.
So, at what age do cats stop breastfeeding? It is usually about one and a half, two months old (at the age of 6-8 weeks). By this time, they will be able to walk, play and explore with some independence. In addition, the cat will stop feeding her young because it hurts her nipples when sucking, and they will learn to eat other foods and continue the life cycle.
Special care while feeding cats
During feeding, the mother cat needs special care, because the success of her kittens depends on it. In the following list, we show you some essential things to help a gentle mother deal with this period:
She should be fed a diet focused on her condition because feeding a nursing cat is different. There are many commercial diets on the market designed to meet your nutritional needs while nursing kittens. The cat can lose its appetite and refuse to eat, but you must help it and make an effort because it needs a lot of energy to support its young.
- Veterinary care
It is important to have a veterinarian oversee the process to monitor the cat’s growth as well as monitor the cat’s health. If she had a problem during childbirth, it is necessary to go to a specialist to see her and see if everything is fine. Also, if she has stopped eating for more than 24 hours, and he is very weak and/or has stopped producing milk, see her vet so they can quickly come up with a treatment plan.
- Nutritional Supplements
If our cat was not able to produce enough milk for the cats, we can help ourselves with powdered milk for the cats and feed them with a bottle. The breastfeeding time will be the same as normal, up to two months, when the kittens stop breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is a precious moment as well as a delicate moment. They must be carefully looked after and every possible comfort provided to the kittens and they are young to ensure that everything is going well.
Breast milk will always be the best food a newborn kitten can receive, to ensure healthy growth and development, at least until two months, when the kittens stop breastfeeding.