How to Help a Kitten Defecate
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If you have just rescued or adopted a kitten, you should know how to help it do its business. After a kitten drinks cat milk, it should empty its intestine by defecating. We must make sure the kitten does this every time it gets fed.
It is very important to pay attention to this detail whether you have one kitten or many. You should monitor them carefully after they have had their feed to ensure that they go to the toilet properly.
Keep reading this article from AnimalWised to find out how to help a kitten defecate.
Should we help a kitten defecate?
In the absence of the kitten's mother, we are responsible for the cat's life: We must feed and clean them, provide a stable temperature and indeed help the kitten defecate.
Under normal conditions, it is the mother that helps the tiny kittens to defecate after each feeding of milk. As their owner, it is you that should step in and help them do their business properly.
How to help your kitten defecate
After each intake of food, you should ensure that your kitten does its business; but how? The mother cat uses her tongue to stimulate the body's natural reaction, but what about you?
You can use a damp washcloth or cotton garment to gently massage the kitten's genital area until you notice that they defecate. It is very important that you repeat this process each and every time you kitten feeds.
After helping your kitten defecate, you should return the kitten to the "nest" you have prepared for them. Remember; you shouldn't touch kittens too much when they are very small.
The kitten may still have some urine left in their body and might soil their bed; therefore, you should regularly check that everything is clean and wash the bedding often. Failing to do so my lead to illness or disease.
What to do if your cat doesn't defecate
If your kitten does not defecate after two feeds, you need to visit a vet urgently - this is a very serious situation. Young kittens are very sensitive and can die when you least expect it.
You must act quickly if you suspect that your kitten is not well.
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