Growing up a kitten is an exciting experience, one that can move hearts and make them feel meaningful, as if they’ve done something good for the world. And in fact, leading a small kitten to weaning, which is when she can feed on food other than her mother’s milk and also marks the end of her childhood and the beginning of her youth, is certainly an act that gives her kitten a chance at life.
It is, however, an act that requires commitment and dedication: kittens of weaning age not only need regular and frequent feeding, but often also our help with bodily functions that are now automatic for us, i.e. urinating and defecating. How exactly does one help a kitten to take care of her needs?
The first step to doing the right thing is to put yourself in a mummy cat’s shoes. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that a cat surrounded by kittens most of the time… licks them with her rough tongue. And it is exactly the touch of the mother’s tongue that can stimulate a puppy to expel body waste.
In the absence of the mother cat’s rough tongue, a scrap of kitchen paper, or a wad of cotton wool, can serve the purpose and simulate the effect. Once you have this, it will be sufficient in most cases to rub the paper, or soaked wadding, on the belly and genitals of the baby.
The most common difficulties encountered by an artificially raised kitten, however, are in defecation. In this case, it may be necessary to massage the tummy.
If this isn’t enough, the alternative is to take a sprig of parsley, and using the soft part, the one to which the leaf is attached, just insert the tip and move it a little. In case of failure even with this method, usually combining parsley and kitchen paper the problem is solved.
What’s important to note is that although every care is welcome during weaning, it’s not so strange that a kitten won’t defecate or urinate for 3-4 days. On the contrary, it’s quite normal. However, in case of need, you should know how to help a kitten with her needs; and we hope our explanation will be helpful to several readers.