Kittens – fourth week – perfect poos9 August, 2006
I think you have to be a cat breeder or a copophragic to appreciate this post, but I thought I’d add it in because it’s something that is pertinent from a holistic cat care point-of-view.
Yes, it’s amazing, but you can smell the difference between when my Maine Coon girl who eats Felix kitten has been to the litter tray and when my Bengal who is almost 100% raw fed has left her offering.
With my Maine Coon girl it’s definitely a clothes-peg-on-the-nose jobbie, whereas you hardly notice the Bengal except for her judicious scraping.
(A cat owner on a raw food list I belong to says that her cat’s litter tray is in her study, just six feet away from her desk, and she doesn’t smell anything.)
With kittens, you feed exactly the same raw mix, except cut the chunks up smaller.
Today, I found some small brown rolls on their bedding. It was kitten poo. It was, in every way, a miniature version of adult cat poo. Firm, brown, a mere 1-cm long and almost odourless (and no – I didn’t put my nose to it!).
Now, if I was really obsessed with poo maybe I would preserve it, sort of in plastic, so that it resembles a fossil. Instead, all I’ve done is taken a photo of it which I will post once I work out how to do so.
Some breeders have reported that when they start weaning kittens on to solids, the kittens go through a period of the “squits”. I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t going to have to endure the same.
With last year’s litter, even though I fed raw, there were a few days of runny stuff, but it cleared up very quickly.
Some breeders also claim that kittens don’t take naturally to solid cat food.
I would say maybe that’s the case where commercial cat food is concerned but everyone who feeds raw says that kittens take to raw easily. It’s almost as though their instincts are still intact and their taste buds haven’t been ruined by strong-tasting commercial cat foods.
Today’s evidence only proves it. I hope it lasts.
Not all the kittens are eating solids. Squeaky, the smallest, still craves the sessions when I top her up with KMR commercial milk. Today she sank her teeth in the teat and wouldn’t let go when I tried to withdraw it.
Now here’s hoping the kittens learn to use the litter tray and not their bedding. Last year I was washing and cleaning eight kitten litter trays twice a day – oh, the joys of cat breeding!
Oh, by the way, don’t read this post if you’re eating. (pix follows)