Care of Neonatal Kittens

Lawler, D. F. (2008). “Neonatal and pediatric care of the puppy and kitten.” Theriogenology 70(3): 384-392.

The few weeks from birth to weaning is an intensive period of adjustment to the extrauterine environment and preparation for the stresses of post-weaning development. The first 4 weeks of life are a high-risk time for abnormal developmental problems, environmental stressors, and infectious diseases. This review article covers the most common problems veterinarians may face in kittens from birth to weaning, such as low birth weight, hypoxia, failure of passive transfer, hypoglycemia, dehydration, and nutrition.
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Related articles:
Sparkes, A. H., K. Rogers, et al. (2006). “A questionnaire-based study of gestation, parturition and neonatal mortality in pedigree breeding cats in the UK.” J Feline Med Surg 8(3): 145-57.
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