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How To Care Newborn Abandoned Kittens Without A Mother

How to care for abandoned kittens without a mother

Taking care of a kitten younger than three weeks old, especially when it doesn't have a mother, can be a significant challenge compared to other responsibilities. It requires an extra level of attention and care. Abandoned kittens have unique needs that differ from older cats, much like human babies require more care and attention from their caregivers. As their owner, it's essential to provide them with the utmost love and care to ensure their well-being.

# Don’t be panic

When you come across abandoned kittens without their mother, it's crucial to act swiftly. Panicking won't be of much help; instead, focus on taking immediate action to provide them with the care they urgently need. Start by creating a 24-hour treatment plan for the kittens, but remember that this is just the beginning. Concentrate on short-term care initially.

If you notice any worrisome conditions or signs of trouble with the kittens during this time, it's advisable to consult a veterinarian promptly. Your quick response and thoughtful planning will significantly improve their chances of a safe and healthy future.

kitten care illustration. Photo by Loc Dang:

#Make a good and comfortable environment.

Creating a nurturing environment that promotes the comfort and healthy growth of kittens is of utmost importance. You can take several steps to achieve this, starting with personal hygiene. Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly both before and after handling kittens.

This practice ensures that kittens remain free from dirt, harmful bacteria, viruses, and other potential contaminants. To provide an optimal environment for kittens, here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

#Keep it warm at a comfortable temperature

Newborn cats have an unstable body temperature, which can fluctuate, making them prone to feeling cold at times. In the presence of their mother, they naturally seek her warmth to regulate their own. However, when they are without a mother, it becomes crucial to create a cozy and warm environment for them.

To achieve this, you can prepare a room with a comfortable temperature. Additionally, you can provide warmth to the kittens by using a bottle filled with hot water, which should be securely covered with a towel. It's essential to periodically check the temperature of the bottle to ensure it remains warm but not too hot. Alternatively, you can explore special pet heating products available at pet shops to help maintain a consistent and safe warmth level for the kittens. This ensures they stay snug and healthy in their early stages of life.

# Set up a comfortable bed

Make a kitten bed so they can rest well and that it be calm. Use a box and a towel for a mattress and covered it. Put the bed in a comfortable room that is left from too cold or hot. Stimulate them to go to bed with comfortable, you can provide a towel so that makes them warm and feel relaxed.

# Spay around there are any male cats in the area

Don’t forget to look around and identify there is a free area for adult male cats. If you have a male cat do not allow the cat to come to close the kittens. As a Felidae family, the cat is killing newborn male kittens for the area free from another male cat in their territory. So make sure the area was sterilized from an adult male cat

#Hold the kitten with love.

How To Care Newborn Abandoned Kittens Without A Mother
Hold kittens with love. Photo by Alexey Demidov

Kittens have vulnerable are not yet resilient enough from others you must be careful to keep them so that they don’t feel hurt.

#Feeding the kittens

Different from an adult cat that they can be eating by themselves the kittens need your help to chew and drink. In feeding abandoned it there are a few things you have to do as:

  • Give cat milk replacer as a substitute.

You can buy a cat milk replacer at the pet shop or amazon that has so many products, choose with the high rate. Don’t mix it with other types such as cow and goat milk in ingredients.

  • Provided special drink feeder for kittens

Feeding baby kittens is quite difficult than a cat as usual so we have some equipment for that. Newborn kittens can’t be eaten by themselves, so you must provide a bottle feeder for it. Filling up the bottle with milk and shaking it for a moment before starting feeding makes sure the kitten’s in good condition means not too cold or warm.

  • Give supplements and Feeding Scheduling.

Kittens often meowing that signed they’re hungry so better feeding it every two to three hours. Feeding regularly the kitten until it ages two weeks. When the feeding process doesn’t stop until it is full. While feeding it makes sure the kittens are in a comfortable position on every condition.


Kittens under the age of 9 weeks are not needed to be bathed. It just is wiping it with warm water using a soft towel that way to clean dirty parts at its body.

However, if it is possible to bathe using warm water to make the kitten not be cold when or after being a bath, you can do it for 2-3 days.


Vaccines are important to maintain the kitten’s health. You can consult with a veterinarian for that kind are its need. Vaccine purpose to prevent diseases during its infants until it is immature or adults. Kittens usually take over their parent’s illness.

Train the kittens.

How To Care Newborn Abandoned Kittens Without A Mother
Kittens Survive Illustration. Photo by Ihsan Adityawarman

Train the kittens to survive in their environments. Cats are essentially loyal and conforming animals, so you can train them with many things. There are some basic you can train your kitten to stay survive when it grows an adult, such as:

  • Train eat and drink by itself

Training your kittens to survive by eating and drinking by themselves, you can do that by putting a cat feeding bottle in its mouth then letting it lick the milk until it runs out. Then give chew food to kittens if they can be moving actively.

  • Energetic Moving Training

The newborn kitten is weak and can’t be moving actively as well. If you don’t train them to move they’re lazy to do that. So, we recommend training them by giving them a cat toy like a ball that can be a driven bait for kittens to move.

Provide the litter box for urinating. It aims they don’t do it in anywhere and make your house in trouble with cats feces if you don’t it becomes kittens habitual. Filling the litter box with sands cat will love.

If the kitten is sick

How To Care Newborn Abandoned Kittens Without A Mother
Sick kitten illustration Photo by Pixabay

Kittens are incredibly vulnerable to diseases that can be fatal. If you notice any signs of illness or discomfort in a kitten, it's crucial to act swiftly. Take the kitten to a veterinarian for proper treatment to ensure its recovery. Treating a sick kitten without its mother can be challenging, so professional care is essential.

If you come across abandoned kittens without a mother nearby, there are some guidelines to follow for the best course of action. First, let compassion guide your actions. Instead of leaving them alone, consider it an opportunity to extend a helping hand. These helpless creatures can become a gift in your life, and by assisting them, you're also helping yourself.

It's worth remembering that sometimes, when we help others, we receive rewards that go beyond the tangible. Many believe that through acts of kindness, we find greater happiness and a deeper connection to something greater, be it our fellow beings or a higher power. So, embracing the opportunity to help abandoned kittens can bring true fulfillment and joy to your life.