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Caring For Your New Kitten

The period for fostering a kitten is usually two to four weeks although this depends on their health, age and also their weight. Should you agree to fostering kittens, it is essential to agree to keep them for the whole duration.

Beginning at three weeks of age, a kitten is persuaded by the mother to begin eating other foods and to end suckling. Once the kitten reaches four weeks of age, it should be being fed mostly a mixture of gruel. This gruel can be made by mixing together replacement formula for kittens with good quality dry or wet food for kittens together with warm water. The consistency should be that of oatmeal. With dry food, it must be almost soft before being used so it might have to soak in the replacement formula and water for a bit first.

Kittens will start using a tray with cat litter once they begin to eat solids around four weeks. The litter tray must be put into the pen close to the kittens and must be kept thoroughly clean. Good quality litter for kittens should be placed in the litter tray as it will be harmless should it be nibbled at. Cats and kittens are clean naturally and therefore no other training to use the litter tray will be necessary.

Ensure that your kitten does not go outside for at least one week once the first vaccination course (depending on the type of vaccine), which is given around thirteen to fourteen weeks, is completed. As soon as your kitten's vaccines are completed and it is accustomed to your home, you can allow the kitten to venture outdoors. Try and do this on a day it isn't raining if possible and also select a time that is quiet, then allow the kitten to go with you outside to explore its new surroundings. It is best to escort your kitten outdoors until it is familiar with the garden and won't get lost. Ensure that you don't allow your kitten outside on its own until it's about six months of age.

Formulas for milk replacement are made especially for baby animals that have been orphaned. A number of these formulas are appropriate for kittens and also puppies, but others are made specially for feeding young, active felines. Once your kitten reaches four weeks old, it will still be getting its nourishment from this formula as well as the homemade gruel. This replacement formula for kittens may be purchased from multitude of grocery shops, big-box stores as well as stores selling pet supplies.

Hoof Abscess In Horses – Causes, Treatment, And Prevention

Besides lameness, other signs of hoof abscesses to look out for are:

* Swelling of the lower leg

* Warmth of the hoof exterior

* The horse is limping or avoiding stepping on one of its feet

Sometimes, horses don't show any symptoms at all. That's why it's important to regularly check on your horse's hooves for any signs of a hoof abscesses. If this is not treated immediately, it can cause further problems.

A hoof abscess is caused by a bacterial infection. There are many reasons that bacteria enter a horse's hoof, including:

1. Careless shoeing

2. Any small object stuck in the hoof

3. Trauma to the hoof's sensitive layers

4. Infection of the laminae (laminitis)

5. Navicular disease

6. Transitioning from dry to wet environmental conditions

No matter what the reason is, it's important to get it treated right away. A horse's hoof doesn't expand, and the pressure caused by the pus is painful for the horse.

It will continue to grow and will find a way to spread. It may go deeper and further into the horse's foot, which can become chronic. But there's also a good chance that the pus pocket will pop outside and won't go deeper.


A hoof abscess that's detected early is easier to treat. The treatment requires draining the pus pocket and keeping it clean while it's healing. A common treatment would also involve poulticing and foot soaks.

Create a mixture of hot water and Epsom salt. Then soak the infected hoof. This will allow the pus to drain faster and keep the sole clean until it has fully healed.

Since you can't stay with your horse 24/7 to soak its hoof, you must learn how to poultice it. Poulticing is simply another way of soaking the hoof.

You'll use bran to hold the salt and hot water. Then use a hoof boot to keep it in place. You can also use plastic bags and tons of duct tape if you don't have a hoof boot.

Once the hoof abscess becomes severe, it might need more than soaking to treat it. If you're not sure how to handle your horse's hoof abscess, it's better to call a vet who may prescribe antibiotics. Your farrier may also help lessen the stress for your horse.


All horses are vulnerable to hoof abscesses. But there are ways to prevent your horse from getting infected.

* Maintain your horse's stalls and paddocks, keeping them clean and dry.

* If you're suspecting an extreme weather change, apply some hoof hardeners before it happens. This will protect the hooves from getting excessive moisture.

* Get your horse's hooves trimmed regularly

* Remove any debris that can injure your horse

Problem Skin Conditions In Horses

For more information on skin conditions in horses visit this page.