What To Do When You Find A Kitten
Please see the below information taken from our Kitten Information & Emergency Pack on looking after a rescued kitten.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FIND A KITTEN
Before you take a kitten from the street or market, figure out if it actually needs rescuing. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Does it look genuinely abandoned or is there a chance its mum is around?
- Is it sick or injured?
- Does it look skinny or have a healthy weight?
- Is the kitten being abused?
- Does it have a home nearby? Ask around.
Please remember that raising a small kitten is very hard, especially if it is under 3 weeks of age where it needs its mother’s milk to have a good chance of survival. If there is a possibility that its mum is around leave the kitten with her. If there is a case of abuse or injury/illness arrange to look after the mum and babies together, do not separate them.
AGING A KITTEN
1 – 14 days old – The kitten’s eyes are closed and ears folded over.
2 – 3 weeks old – The kitten’s eyes are open, can move around but wobbly on its feet
3 – 4 weeks old – The kitten’s eyes are open, ears are up, and can easily get around.
4- 8 weeks old or older – Running around energetically.
FEEDING A KITTEN
1- 3 weeks old – Will need to be bottle-fed kitten milk/substitute. (see details and recipe below)
3 weeks old and older – Can be offered soft food such as kitten Whiskas sachet and congee. But may still need to be bottle-fed until transitions over to solid food.
FINDING A KITTEN UNDER 3 WEEKS
If you decide to take in a kitten that is under 3 weeks, they will need constant care and feeding. Here is some useful info and tips.
Kittens under 3 weeks will need to be bottle or syringe fed very regularly kitten milk or a substitute kitten milk.
1 – 2 weeks old – The kitten will need to be fed at least 6-8 feedings per day (every 3-4 hours)
3 weeks old – The kitten will need to be fed at least 4-6 feedings per day (every 4-6 hours)
Kitten powdered milk formula can be found at pet shops in Da Nang or contact VCW to see if we have any spare to sell. If you cannot buy or find the kitten formula here is a substitute kitten formula recipe. Do not feed a kitten cow’s milk alone. This will make the kitten sick.
Homemade Kitten milk substitute
- 1 egg yolk
- Few drops of oil
- 1 cup evaporated milk. (If you can’t get evaporated milk usual normal unsweetened milk try to find goat’s milk rather than cow’s milk.)
- Mix ingredients well and heat to a warm temperature. Test that it is warm and not too hot (just like for a baby). You’ll need a kitten nursing bottle available from a pet shop (a very small baby’s bottle will do in an emergency) or a syringe you can find at a pharmacy if the kitten won’t suck on the bottle.
- Make sure the milk only drips out slowly.
- Make the mixture fresh and warm each time. An easy way to heat a bottle of milk formula is to place it in a very hot bowl of water for a few minutes.
- When you feed the kitten make sure he is upright (not upside down – see pictures on the internet) Also, do not overfeed or force feed a kitten.
- After eating use a wet baby wipe/wet towel (warm if possible) to rub his bum area until the kitten goes to the toilet. Kittens must be kept warm in between feeding and nestled in blankets in a quiet safe area.
Here is a useful link for more info and details: www.messybeast.com/handrear.html
FINDING A KITTEN OVER 3 WEEKS
You will find if a kitten is over three weeks old it can normally handle soft food. This can include Whiskas canned food, chicken/beef congee and you can even slowly start to introduce them to Whiskas biscuits. But to get them used to the hardness of the biscuits for a week soften the biscuits with water. If the kitten is confused and will not eat soft food you may need to bottle feed milk and slowly introduce it to soft food on a plate over time.
Remember fish is not a good diet for kittens or cats. Fish can give a cat bad stomach problems and diarrhea. Please stick to brand-named canned food and biscuits such as Whiskas as well as meat (chicken and beef.) See below a list of places in Hoi An and Da Nang where to find shops selling cat products.
FURTHER HEALTHCARE – IMPORTANT
Deworm your new kitten
- Kittens need to be dewormed at 2, 4,6, and 8 weeks, then again at 12 and 16 weeks of age.
- You can then move to 6 months and 1 year, then deworm as an adult.
Vaccination and Rabies
- Cats need their first combination vaccine at 9-10 weeks old.
- They will also need their Rabies vaccine at 12 weeks.
Cats need to be sterilized before the age of 6 months. This is extremely important.
Fleas and skin care
- A kitten with fleas can be treated very easily.
- Medicated shampoos can be found around town easily.
- Using a wet baby wipe add a tiny amount of shampoo and wipe over the kitten.
- Rinse using clean wet baby wipes. Make sure to dry the kitten and keep warm straight after washing.
If you find the kitten has severe, watery diarrhea, becomes lethargic, and does not eat or drink, you will need to contact your local vet immediately. A kitten with these conditions can die extremely fast. In emergency whilst waiting for vet treatment you can attempt to syringe feed sugar water to the kitten. But please be careful and do so gently.
Any other unusual signs of sickness or injury please contact your local vet to help you. Or call VAWO for advice.
Location of Medical and Pet Shops in Hoi An/Da Nang
Please see the map below to find local pet stores for animal medical supplies, food and flea shampoo.
Hoi An Pet Shop
Fish / Pet shop
Big C Supermarket
MAP LOCATIONS FOR SUPPLIES AND FOOD
Syringes and any medical supplies.
There are many pharmacies around Hoi An. They should all stock basic medical supplies you may need. Ly Tuong Kiet street has a few larger pharmacies, also next to the Hoi An Hospital.
Medical Supplies and Flea Shampoo
Petshop Hội An – 69 Trần Cao Vân, Hội An
A Pet Shop – 12 Trần Cao Vân, Hội An
Nguyễn Thanh Quang – 261 Cửa Đại, Hội An
Fish / Pet shop – Ba Trieu Street (about midway, right hand side), Hoi An
Pet Mart Đà Nẵng – 151 Nguyễn Văn Linh, Đà Nẵng
PAWS for Compassion – 24A Mỹ Đa Đông 8, Đà Nẵng
Big C – 255 Hùng Vương, Vĩnh Trung, Thanh Khê, Đà Nẵng
Metro – Cach Mang Thang Tam St., Hoa Cuong Nam Ward, Đà Nẵng
Kitten and Cat food
AP Mart – 501 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoi An
Hoi An Pet Shop – 29 Thai Phien Street, Hoi An
Big Bags of Cat Biscuits can be found at Metro in Danang.
Big C – 255 Hùng Vương, Vĩnh Trung, Thanh Khê Da Nang
Metro – Cach Mang Thang Tam St., Hoa Cuong Nam Ward, Da Nang