h1

Keeping track of kitten weights

29 May, 2008

(I attended the annual seminar organised by the Novice Breeders Advice Club on 24th May 2008, and this post is one in a series of words of wisdom which I hope to share with you, gleaned from the experts at that seminar) 

I currently keep track of kitten weights using pen and paper.  It allows me to see whether a kitten is gaining weight on a constant basis.  However, at the recent NBA Cat Club seminar, it came to light that a more accurate way of tracking weights could be critical in monitoring a kitten’s progress.

The speaker was Dr Susan Little, and she was discussing flat-chested kittens, a physical problem in which the kitten’s chest is flattened.  This restricts space for the lungs, and as the kitten grows causes breathing problems and eventually heart problems.  Flat-chestedness varies in its severity and may sometimes be overlooked.  However, flat-chested kittens tend to lose ground from about week 2 onwards. 

Dr Little cited the example of a breeder who recorded a litter’s weights using an Excel spreadsheet together with a simple line graph charting each kitten’s weight.  It was instantly obvious that while all the kittens gained weight, one kitten started falling behind from week 2.  This kind of comparative discrepancy can be hard to determine on paper because kittens don’t always gain at a constant weight, and it looks like all the kittens are getting heavier.

So I’ve started using Excel to track this current litter.  Here’s a snapshot of what mine looks like:

 

Advertisements

One comment

  1. […] Weight Loss for "Lite" Weights! wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt… Breeders Advice Club on 24th May 2008, and this post is one in a series of words of wisdom which I hope to share with you, gleaned from the experts at that seminar) I currently keep track of kitten weights using pen and paper. … […]



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: