Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Advice on 5 week old kitten please!
I'm going to be getting a kitten from our neighbors soon, and she is around 5 weeks the owner thinks. There are two litters of kittens, one litter has 4 kittens and they are the ones that are about 5 weeks. The other litter of 5 kittens are at least a week younger. The little female I've picked out seems very healthy and growing well. I've been going over several times a week to check on her and get her used to me. Today I went over and the other adult cats (not the mothers) were moving some of the kittens from the cat house to under the steps. It is just bare dirt under there. The mother cats seem fine with it. I think they are worried the kittens will start falling off the table in the cat house since they are quite active now.
Now, I know kittens should be at least 6-8 weeks before they are taken away from their mothers. I'm worried however about the kittens. The smaller litter of five all have yellow stuff around their eyes - almost looks infected. Do kittens that age have yellow crusty stuff around their eyes? One of the larger kittens have it too. Azura (the kitten I'm getting) seems fine so far, but I just hope she'll be ok. I'm probably just a worry wart - but I'm scared she'll get sick or hurt getting hauled around by the other adult cats. However, I know she of course needs to stay with her mother longer.
If you have any advice on kittens I'd be very happy for it! This is the first kitten I've raised since I was 7 and I don't remember that much! For when I do get her, I have a really nice cat house with a wire front so she can see out. She will be an outdoor cat, but while she is tiny she will stay in the cat house or be in the house.
I do have pictures but have to get them uploaded. I'll have them up here for sure tomorrow!