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How do kittens keep warm in winter?

Update Time:2023/11/15
How do kittens keep warm in winter?

Cats are a species with strong reproductive capacity. Newly born cats require special care. Unweaned cats not only often need breastfeeding, but also require extra care from their parents in other aspects.


1. Environmental temperature

Newborn kittens have a high "demand" for temperature. Generally speaking, the body temperature of a kitten just one week old is lower than that of an adult cat (usually 35~36°C). At this stage, kittens' body organs are immature, their body temperature regulation function is imperfect, and their ability to respond to cold and other stresses is poor. In addition, kittens cannot obtain "heat energy" through other food or actions like adult cats, so the temperature of the surrounding environment is crucial to them.

The temperature of kittens in the first week after birth is maintained at 29~32℃;

The normal body temperature of kittens in the 2nd to 3rd week after birth is 36~38℃, and the indoor temperature is 26.5℃;

After 3 to 4 weeks, kittens can start to produce heat, and the ambient temperature should not be lower than 24°C.

Parents should prepare some heating appliances to ensure that the kittens are kept warm.

2. Selection of Warming Appliances

Insulated bags, towels, baby warmers, insulated boxes, etc.

(1) Towel or baby warmer (you can wrap the heating pad in a towel to keep the cat warm)

Advantages: Convenient and fast, easy to buy and use.

Disadvantages: The towel can be used for heat preservation, but the warm baby needs to be replaced regularly to ensure the heating effect.

(2) Heat preservation lamp

Advantages: No need to worry about sudden temperature cutoff, long-term heat preservation, and the temperature can be adjusted at any time.

Disadvantages: Poor-quality insulation lamps may suffer from circuit short circuits and out-of-control temperature control functions. You need to purchase good-quality insulation lamps.

(3)Electric blanket

Advantages: long-lasting heat preservation, easy to use.

Disadvantages: Too high a temperature can easily cause dehydration and burns in cats.

Note: When using an electric blanket, be sure to put a towel on it to avoid scalding the cat due to excessive temperature.

3. Placement of kittens

(1) Newborn kittens need a comfortable place to be placed, and the place needs to be dry, with suitable temperature and wind-free.

(2) If the nest is low, be careful not to place it too high to prevent the kitten from climbing out of the nest and falling.

(3) When choosing a kitten's nest, parents should try to choose one that is easier to clean, but try not to choose stainless steel (which is easy to dissipate heat and is not conducive to heat preservation). A cardboard or plastic box of appropriate size will work well.

(4) Change cat’s bedding frequently. If the kitten's excrement is not cleaned up in time, it will easily lead to bacterial growth. The kitten's immunity is low and cannot effectively resist the invasion of external pathogenic bacteria. Some warm and soft utensils, such as towels and blankets, should be arranged in the nest in advance. If there is a pee pad, it must be changed every day to keep the nest clean and dry to prevent bacterial growth. .

(5) Kittens are more sensitive to the environment, which can easily cause stress to the kitten. Excessive stress will reduce the kitten's immunity. The stimulation of the kitten by environmental factors should be minimized, and the cat needs to be given a quiet and warm environment.


4. Keep good hygiene

(1)The kitten’s drinking water and feeding tools must be cleaned and disinfected regularly with hot water. It is best to clean the feeding tools after use.

(2)Parents should wash their hands every time before touching kittens, because kittens have low resistance and are easily infected with infectious diseases. Be careful not to choose irritating hand washing products to avoid irritating the cat with residue left on your hands.

(3)In the first few weeks after the cat is born, do not let too many people take care of the cat to avoid "cross-infection" and minimize the health threats to the cat caused by environmental factors.


5. Matters needing attention

(1) If it is a single kitten, parents should pay close attention to the temperature of the cat's nest, because a single cat cannot stay warm by hugging together like multiple cats.

(2) Under normal circumstances, cats can "generate heat" on their own after three or four weeks. Therefore, parents must take heat preservation measures in the early stage. They can equip the cat's nest with a thermometer for easy observation.

(3) The kitten’s ears and nails need to be cleaned regularly to prevent the kitten from getting ear mites and to make the kitten accustomed to trimming its nails, so as to develop good habits and better integrate into human life.

(4) When the kitten is about 5 weeks old, it is necessary to start deworming the kitten and repeat it every 2 weeks until you can start using internal and external broad-spectrum deworming drugs once a month.

(5) Kittens should be vaccinated for the first time at 6 to 8 weeks of age, with booster immunization every 3 to 4 weeks. The final immunization is when they are over 16 weeks old, and the next booster immunization will be 1 year later or at 1 year old.


Cats need extra care in the first three or four weeks after they are born. Parents must pay more attention to it, hoping that every baby can grow up healthily.