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You'll need to wait a few days before touching newborn kittens

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the innocent little news that newborn

kittens make melt your heart you'll be

tempted to pick them up right after

they're born but resister urge petting

them too soon can be dangerous for their

health and might make your mama Kitty

upset

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mama cat licks her babies to put her own

signature scent on them according to

Animal Planet when you touch a newborn

kitten you make it smell different to

its mother some cats aren't fazed by

humans touching their young but other

felines become majid ated mama Kitty

might feel threatened by the unfamiliar

scent and feel that she needs to move

her offspring to a safe location if you

come back to the nesting box in a few

hours and noticed that the whole family

is missing don't worry your precious

Queen was simply trying to protect her

litter and move them to a safe location

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as difficult as it may be you'll need to

avoid touching newborn kittens during

their first week of life the ASPCA

reports since socializing kittens with

humans is an important part of their

early growth carefully start to handle

your new fluffy babies starting during

their second week of life before you

pick them up make sure you allow mama

cat to sniff your hand pet her head and

show her affection insuring her that you

are not a threat if she burs licks your

hand or otherwise welcomes you're

petting gently pick up a kitten pick up

only one at a time

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when it comes time to pick up your fuzzy

friends make sure you keep them warm

hypothermia or cold body temperature is

a major problem with infant kittens

early in their lives newborn kittens use

of most of their energy storage to stay

warm explains dr. Virginia Clemmons a

veterinarian based in Salt Lake City

Utah cold felines cannot digest their

food and become less likely to nurse

resulting in possible malnutrition if

you pick up one of the tiny fluff balls

scooping him up in a small baby blanket

and keeping him away from drafts ensures

that he stays warm prevent hypothermia

by handling him for short periods of

time and returning him safely to his

mama and warm litter mates

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when it comes time to pick up your fuzzy

friends make sure you keep them warm

hypothermia or cold body temperature is

a major problem with infant kittens

early in their lives newborn kittens use

up most of their energy stores to stay

warm explains dr. Virginia Clements a

veterinarian based in Salt Lake City

Utah cold felines cannot digest their

food and become less likely to nurse

resulting in possible malnutrition if

you pick up one of the tiny fluff balls

scooping him up in a small baby blanket

and keeping him away from drafts ensures

that he stays warm prevent hypothermia

by handling him for short periods of

time and returning him safely to his

mama and warm litter mates