Two beautiful kittens were left near my home. I feed around 20-30 cats daily, a few ignorant humans think they are doing the kitten some good by leaving them where they will get food. These fools don’t realise that mom cats will typically start to wean their kittens off their milk at one month of age. This does not mean that the kittens are grown. The next month of life is still full of essentials for a growing kitten, even if it isn’t consuming its mother’s milk all of the time. If a kitten is taken from its mother and sent to a new home too soon, there can be some serious health consequences. The first few weeks of a kitten’s life are essential for its health and body development. The colostrum and nutrients in the mother’s milk are responsible for strong bone development, eye health, and full organ development, so if a kitten is weaned too soon, they can develop more health issues later on. A kitten removed from its mother too soon may need nutritional supplementation and other veterinary care early on in life. In addition to health concerns, behavioural issues can arise in kittens who were removed from their mothers too early in life. Mother cats teach their kittens’ lifelong lessons and give off calming pheromones. Kittens who left their mothers too soon may have trouble grooming themselves, not know how to bury their waste in the litter box, play too rough, not know how to hunt for food or have other behavioural problems. Without proper socialization at a young age, the kitten may grow up to be fearful, skittish, or even aggressive. It also may not know how to properly communicate with other cats. Leaving a month old kitten among adult ones in someone’s backyard is murder.
One kitten was grey and white, and the other was white with black patches. When I picked them up from the box they smelt of milk and looked clean. My heart broke. I couldn’t keep them with me. My mom doesn’t appreciate such act of kindness, and I can fight one battle at a time also my Princess was recuperating from tick fever. So I left both of them outside. It broke my heart every time I heard the kittens cry.
In the morning one of them had gone and the white one with black patches was yelling. I offered the kitten some food which he (I assumed it was a male.) hungrily ate. By morning poor thing was covered in fleas. I made it a point to give him fresh food, dry cat food and formulae for weaning kittens (my neighbour was kind enough to give me a jar.).
I have a nasty neighbour who scares and beats cats and kittens. He did the similar thing to this one too. Mom wouldn’t allow me to keep him inside the house. I had no choice but to keep him out. I continued feeding him 4-5 times a day. He quickly learnt he had to come to me for food.