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Playing mum: successful management of orphaned kittens.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23422364     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PRACTICAL RELEVANCE: Orphaned kittens are common and veterinary team members should be prepared to assist owners in providing appropriate care. If a foster queen is not available, the physiologic needs normally provided by the queen, such as warmth, nutrition, elimination, sanitation and social stimulation, must be replaced. Specialized knowledge of physiology and nutritional requirements is necessary for successful management in this age group.
CLINICAL CHALLENGES: The condition of neonatal kittens can deteriorate rapidly and orphans may have an even higher risk of illness than kittens cared for by a healthy queen. Thus an increased level of veterinary care and monitoring is required. Rapid recognition and correction of problems can only be accomplished through detailed observation and knowledge of developmental milestones. Survival may be dependent on treatment that compensates for the failure of passive transfer of immunity.
AUDIENCE: This review is addressed at veterinarians and all veterinary team members, as well as care-givers such as rescuers and shelter workers.
EVIDENCE BASE: The guidance contained in this article is based on a combination of published literature, the author's personal experience and the experience of colleagues.
Susan Little
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of feline medicine and surgery     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1532-2750     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Feline Med. Surg.     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-20     Completed Date:  2013-08-12     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100897329     Medline TA:  J Feline Med Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bytown Cat Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canad.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry / methods*
Animals, Newborn
Cats / physiology*
Housing, Animal

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