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Kitten grooming

February 2nd, 2009, 06:46 AM
Hello all,
I need to ask a question of you kittie experts.
If a kitten is seperated from his mom at birth, will he groom himself?

February 3rd, 2009, 01:46 AM
Once he reaches an age where he physically can groom himself he will, until that time he will need to be kept clean but not actually bathed in water as at young ages hypothermia can set in very quickly even in warm temperatures. If you are talking about raising an orphaned kitten they do need to be stimulated to pee & poop after meals. Most often kittens will need another cat or person to show them how to do stuff their mother teaches them like grooming, using the litter box.

February 3rd, 2009, 06:47 AM
Growler is right, kittens up to three weeks of age can't regulate their body temps very well so the kitten has to be kept warm and NOT bathed in water. Once the kitten is old enough, about 4 weeks, the instinct to groom themselves will kick in.

February 3rd, 2009, 07:57 AM
Thank you, that is what I thought.
This kittie is 6 months old and not grooming at all.

I don't know if you remember, but I had asked a while back if my cats were at risk after handeling a luek. positive persian kitten. Turns out this kitten was a false positive. He has a liver shunt(?) instead. Very sick little guy.

My friend is very attached to Henry and didn't want to return him to the breeder. He is to see a liver specialist today.

The breeder is telling her that he was taken from his momma at birth to be hand fed and socialized. That is why he supposedly doesn't know enough to groom himself. Have you ever heard such crap?? Seriously.

Every time I talk to her about that kitten I get so pi$$ed at that "breeder".

Thanks for your responses. You folks are the best.

February 3rd, 2009, 10:27 PM
Does you friend have another cat that could be grooming Henry? Cats will often groom each other, therefore don't need to do it for themselves. It could also be the liver issue causing him not to groom himself :shrug:, when ill an animal often will not groom.

Kittens shouldn't be taken from their mothers at birth to be "hand raised" unless warranted by a medical condition or death :frustrated:

February 4th, 2009, 12:24 AM
That sounds like some breeder, unless the mother actually rejected the kitten. I hope Henry's condition is manageable. There are some wonderful supplements available to support the liver; check the recent thread entitled Denosyl, using the search engine at the top of the page. It's available from the vet but some online places sell it much cheaper (but I think you need a prescription in the US?). And tell her not to exclude homeopathy, or at least look into it.

Growler has a good point about sick cats forgetting to groom. Poor little guy.

And definitely no baths; a warm washcloth is sufficient (no soap).