Dec 7, 2005

Weaning your Kitten

Orphaned Kitten Care

Weaning your Kitten Orphaned Kitty Care

The weaning process starts when the kitten is 4 weeks of age.

Start by feeding it formula in a bowl. Do not leave the kittens unattended with the bowl at first! The kittens will run through the bowl and the dried milk on the fur and skin can cause ringworms and other skin and fur problems.

First food from the plate is always a mess!

Then gradually introduce solid food. Moisten dry kitten food with formula or water. Read the labels! The dried Kitten food should contain at least 30% of Crude Protein. Much of what is sold in supermarkets is pure junk food and may not help your kitten thrive. Most canned cat foods will cause diarrhea and foul smelling stool.

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Don't expect the kitten to be weaned overnight. As it eats more often from the bowl, reduce the bottle feedings.

Changes in diet or certain foods can cause diarrhea, so keep an eye on stools. Diarrhea can be life-threatening to a young kitten.

Introducing Solid Foods mixed into the Bottle

Squirrel Diet

Squirrel Diet


The gray squirrels diet consists of nuts, seeds and fruit. It will eat bird eggs, bugs, and even an animal carcass if there is no other food source available.

The gray squirrel requires some salt in its diet, and may find this salt in the soil along roads where snow and ice may have been.

Squirrels chew on tree branches to sharpen and clean their teeth. That's why you may see many small branches on the ground around large trees.

Other foods adult Squirrels enjoy:

  • Sweet potato
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn on cob
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Leafy greens
  • Turnip green
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Squash
  • Okra
  • Green beans
  • Cucumber
  • Peas
  • Hazelnuts
  • Grains
  • Pistachio
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Peach
  • Apple wedge
  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Avocado
  • Cantaloupe
  • Raisins
  • Plum
  • Pear
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Acorns
  • Pecans
  • Chestnuts
  • Hickory nuts

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2 orphaned Squirrels
2 orphaned Squirrels
2 orphaned Squirrels
2 orphaned Squirrels
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