Pippen was quick to figure out that formula came out of the strange rubber nipple on the end of the syringe. Newborn kittens need to be fed every two hours around the clock. We measured each meal to ensure sufficient intake of formula and weighed her twice a day to ensure she was gaining an average of 10 grams a day. At this age, kittens need to be kept at a temperature of 87-90 degrees since they are not able to regulate their own body temperature. By the age of three weeks, she required feeding every 3-4 hours and the temperature in the incubator was reduced to 80-85 degrees.
Salt Spring Cat provided 2 weeks of feeding every 2 hours, 3 weeks being kept warm in an incubator, 4 weeks of stimulation before and after every feeding, 5 weeks of daily weigh ins, 6 weeks of around the clock bottle feeding, 3 veterinary wellness check ups, spay surgery, quality kitten food and daily enrichment activities. Each orphaned kitten also receives a special blanket and stuffed animal when they arrive in our care. After 84 days, now named Hazel, she has settled into her furrever home with Alison, Leif and her new feline family.