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Warn that a cat has no milk for their kittens it is a great concern for any caregiver, since it is easy to think that the lives of the little ones, so vulnerable at this stage, are in serious danger. Fortunately, lack of milk is not a common problem, but if it does occur, we must quickly identify it because it is vital to remedy it promptly.
In this AnimalWised article we will explain all the details to take into account and we will also discuss how to take care of the kittens if the mother does not have milk, in this way we will be able to move them forward.You may also be interested in: How to help a kitten to defecate Index
- How to know if my cat has milk?
- Lack of milk in cats
- What to do so that my cat has more milk?
- How to feed the kittens?
How to know if my cat has milk?
That a cat does not have milk for her kittens it is not usual at all. During the cat's pregnancy, the breasts are prepared for their future nutritional function, essential for the survival of the newborn litter. The breasts enlarge and, immediately after delivery, they begin to produce a fluid that is called colostrum. It is a highly nutritious fluid with an important immune function that serves to protect children from diseases. After him begins the milk secretion.
We may never see any of these secretions, but we know they are occurring if the litter grows and remains calm. Some kittens that get fat every day, sleep relaxed, suck without any problem, are hot and do not cry or complain, they are indicating that they are well fed, that is, the milk flows even if we cannot observe it. The picture of the cat and her kittens hooked on their breasts it is the unequivocal sign that the cat has milk. Therefore, in no case is it necessary for us to manipulate the breasts looking for the secretion.
Lack of milk in cats
In some cases, a cat may not have milk for her kittens. This can happen because milk, although it is produced, does not come out of the breasts, or, more infrequently, there is no milk or this It is insufficient.
If this happens, the clearest alarm signal is that we will not see the idyllic picture that we have painted in the previous section. On the contrary, the kittens will pass the time groaning, looking for food that they do not get, they will not get fat, they will be dehydrated, cold and restless. If we don't intervene quickly, these kittens will die. Therefore, it is urgent that we contact a veterinarian. The first thing to do is to confirm that it is a problem of lack of milk and not some pathology of the newborn. Afterwards, this professional will examine the cat to find the origin of the problem.
A cat subjected to a high level of stress can produce milk but it is not excreted because, for its release, it needs frequent sucking of the kittens and the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is only secreted in calm situations. A quiet environment for the family, as we see, is very important for proper breastfeeding. The milk will also not come out if there is any nipple problem. These types of cases can be treated with drugs, massages and, above all, by promoting frequent sucking of the kittens..
On the other hand, when milk is not produced, it is possible that we are facing a genetic problem that will not be solvable. Therefore, kittens will only have the option to survive if they are artificially raised. On the other hand, if we are faced with a highly malnourished cat, she will be able to produce milk but in insufficient quantity. We can improve the situation by offering you a correct and quality diet and adequate hydration, always putting clean and fresh water at your disposal..
What to do so that my cat has more milk?
When our cat does not have milk for her kittens, it is normal that our first option is to find how to increase the cat's milk. It is important that we know that, contrary to what is believed, there is no magic food that manages to increase production.
This is based on a well nourished mother in a relaxed environment and in continuous contact with her kittens so that they suck frequently. In this way the milk will be produced and, thanks to the oxytocin and the stimulation of the young, it will flow without problems. Therefore, to get more milk we must provide a comfortable environment the cat, avoid separating her from her little ones and offer her a quality diet, in addition to water and a lack of stress.
How to feed the kittens?
If definitively, after the veterinary consultation, it is determined that the cat does not have milk for her kittens, we will have no other solution than to feed the newborn kittens ourselves, raising them with artificial milk for sale in veterinary clinics and hospitals. It is very important that we use one formulated exclusively for cats. Any other will not meet their needs, which would put the little ones at risk.
To prepare the bottles we must follow the prompts from each manufacturer. Before offering the preparation, we must check the temperature, since it would be harmful for kittens to swallow it, whether it is too cold or too hot. At first they will eat very frequently, about every two hours.
The bottle is not given to them like human babies, but we will hold them with one hand under their abdomen and chest and, in that position, with their legs resting on our lap, it will be how they swallow the dairy. As they grow, the shots are spaced. Towards three weeks old we can start offering them solid food, always specifically formulated for growing kittens.