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Pet Tip

Kittens and Birth Infections – Pet tip 241

When kittens are born they are extra small and fragile. This increases their potential of becoming ill or getting an infection. Infections in newborn kittens are quite serious as their bodies are small and they have not built up adequate immunity against many diseases or potential infections that may harm them. This article will focus on three infections that can affect newborn kittens; umbilical infections, toxic milk syndrome and septicemia.

When a female cat (aka a queen) gives birth, she will bite open the amniotic sac that surrounds the kitten. She will then chew through the umbilical cord of the kitten. Normally there are no problems.

Owner:
L D
City:
Richibucto
Province, Country:
NB, Canada
Type/Breed:
Mixed
Date of Birth:
2005
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
9
Coat Colour:
Gray/white
Eye Colour:
yellowish green

Jigger was a stray that was hanging around the neighborhood since late summer 2006. In November 2006, I couldn't bear seeing him out in the cold, so I took him in. He was a sorry sight the first time I noticed him: matted coat, dirty, skinny and had a huge lump on his left hip. Eventually he gained weight because some neighbours were leaving food outside for the strays. Now, he has a shiny coat, gained weight, is playful and is quite friendly. He's about 1 1/2 to 2 years old. He gets along well with the other two, Minou, Cosmo and my dog, Nicky.

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