How to Save a Kitten From Dying

Kittens need constant care and affection, yet many do not make it out alive.

Newborn kittens are particularly vulnerable to illness. If an issue arises and immediate action are taken to address it, chances of survival increase substantially for your kitten.

1. Warm the Kitten

Newborn kittens are extremely fragile, and can quickly become hypothermic, dehydrated or develop bacterial infections. While it’s hard to spot when kittens are suffering, you can help by recognising symptoms quickly and taking immediate steps.

If a kitten appears cold to the touch, has difficulty breathing, is hunched up crying constantly or cannot stand on its feet, it requires immediate veterinary attention. A heating pad can provide much-needed warmth – just be sure not to direct the heat directly at them as this could overheat them quickly.

If you don’t have a heating pad, use uncooked rice wrapped in a sock or cloth bag and placed in the microwave to warm it up. While cuddling your kitten, apply Karo corn syrup (or pancake syrup with equal parts sugar and water) every three minutes onto its gums to prevent low blood sugar, which can be fatal in kittens. This should increase glucose levels within 20 minutes and improve their chances of survival.

2. Clear the Airway

Kittens can bleed to death quickly when their major artery is cut, but if you can control their bleeding and get them to a veterinarian quickly for stitches, chances are good they will survive.

Assure the kitten has an unobstructed airway before proceeding with this step. If all goes as expected, proceed directly to step 4.

If this doesn’t work, extend their neck back and pull their tongue forward in order to make sure there is no obstruction present in their throat or digestive tract. If there is, follow instructions on how to resuscitate someone who is choking in order to clear it away as soon as possible.

Once you’ve assessed their airway, give two rescue breaths to them. Don’t inhale too much air as that could damage their delicate lungs; extend their neck, close their mouth, and inhale short puffs of air through their nose until their chest rises – do this four to five times per minute until chest rises again.

3. Give Rescue Breaths

Every spring, Mother Nature displays her incredible abundance by birthing millions of newborn kittens; unfortunately, many of these infants end up living in precarious situations due to human neglect.

Kittens have a very limited chance of surviving during their early weeks of life, when they are most vulnerable to disease and illness. Fading Kitten Syndrome refers to the progression of symptoms such as decreased appetite, weakness and hypothermia in newborn kittens; often leading them down the path toward dehydration, malnutrition or even death.

When a kitten begins showing signs of illness, immediate medical assistance should be sought immediately. A veterinarian can administer fluids and sugar supplements, warm it up as necessary, and address whatever is causing its decline.

To administer rescue breaths to a sick kitten, gently squeeze its chest between your thumb and forefinger and repeat several times per minute until they begin to improve. You could also wrap them in a towel – be sure not to block its airways – then place on a warm heating pad so they stay at constant warmth.

4. Give Chest Compressions

Step one in reviving a kitten is to detect its heartbeat. A stethoscope may be useful, or just gently feel around their chest for signs. Since newborn kittens don’t have easy pulse detection with just the finger, use your thumb and forefinger to press around their chest area just behind their elbow – this gives you the best chance at detecting its beats.

Once you’ve established that there is a pulse, begin administering chest compressions with extreme caution as cats may bite out of fear and cause further trauma or broken limbs.

Repeat compressions, check for heartbeat and breathing, and recheck. If the kitten still is not responding, it is likely dead despite your efforts. Unfortunately this happens often with orphaned kittens; if possible bring her immediately to a veterinarian they could provide fluids and treatment against any infections they detect – increasing her chances of survival despite your best efforts.

5. Apply Pressure to the Wound

An insect-bit kitten may exhibit signs of being injured, including an enlarged abdomen, open wound that bleeds profusely, or skin rashes. If any of these symptoms appear in your pet, seek medical assistance immediately.

Kittens can be particularly prone to hypothermia and should be kept as warm as possible. Heating pads set on low are an excellent way of doing this; heat packs may also work. Because kittens don’t produce their own body heat, it is essential that you wrap them in blankets or towels and place them near a heat source.

Fading kitten syndrome refers to an array of issues and conditions that can result in neonatal kitten deaths, many due to inadequate mothering practices.

Malnutrition is another leading cause of young kitten death. Kittens must be fed frequently, often through bottle or syringe feedings, so any illness or injury could impede nursing ability and quickly cause them to become weak and dehydrated.

6. Keep the Kitten Warm

Kittens have very weak immune systems and need the antibodies found in their mother’s colostrum for proper development. If your kitten exhibits signs like lethargy, diarrhea or vomiting it should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Newborn kittens cannot regulate their body temperatures on their own and must be kept warm. You can use a heating pad set on the lowest setting bundled in soft towels; just be wary not to overheat them!

Maintaining optimal hydration levels in kittens is also vital, and an easy way to identify dehydration in them is comparing their skin turgor (the ability for their skin to spring back when pinched) against that of their littermates.

An effective method for giving sick kittens fluids is placing it in a clean, shallow container of water and gently massaging its lower abdomen and genital area with your hand to stimulate urination, an essential aspect of newborn care. Although it may seem tedious at first, if done frequently enough and small enough amounts, the kitten should start urinating again within 24 hours.

7. Give the Kitten Fluids

Fading kitten syndrome, the primary cause of this affliction, can place a newborn kitten’s life at great risk if not properly addressed. Left untreated, this issue can prove deadly for the kitten in question.

Before administering fluids to a kitten, make sure it is warm by using a heating pad with low settings to avoid burns. Use a burrito towel and secure it around it so as to not allow movement during this process.

Start by placing the syringe into the port at the bottom of the fluid bag, drawing enough fluids into it until it fills it to capacity, then attach a second syringe to its end for giving your kitten its dose. Make sure you tap or tap and whack it periodically to release any air bubbles or air pockets which could potentially cause harm – then they should start receiving their fluids!

As your kitten becomes comfortable with it, the rate of flow should gradually increase. If it slows, reposition the needle and raise the fluid bag accordingly. Be sure that they’re sitting in a comfortable position for this process; distraction may help make this experience less stressful for both of you!

8. Apply Karo Corn Syrup

An apparent cat fading may have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, which is potentially lethal if left uncorrected. To maintain proper levels, rub Karo corn syrup onto its fur every three minutes as you cuddle or hold onto your kitten to restore his sugar supply; do this every time someone holds or cuddles their kitten to help ensure proper levels are restored quickly and effectively.

People caring for orphaned kittens often make formula to mimic the mother’s milk, using recipes such as applying straight Karo syrup on gums to trigger digestive function and promote digestive health in kittens. It is essential to use only pure, unflavored Karo syrup as other varieties may cause digestive upset in them.

If you are having difficulty sourcing a kitten-specific formula, alternative solutions could include giving a flavorless version of Pedialyte via syringe feeding to restore hydration and electrolytes levels in your kitten. Once found or created, this emergency kitten formula should provide them with all of their essential nutrition for life.

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