Do you track the weights of your orphaned kittens? If so, do you track weights in kilograms or pounds?
Yes, we track in ounces and pounds. We track them daily so we can make sure if they are not gaining, or worse yet, losing weight, we can provide immediate medical attention.
Personally, I use grams. More granular and easier to follow.
I use a spreadsheet in google docs where I plug in the weights each day that shows +/- that makes it really easy. Weigh the kitten, then plug it in on my phone. It also creates a graph and converts to ounces. A couple of other fosters use the same template, and there's the added bonus you can share the document with vets/medical staff.
Would you be willing to share that template? I would love to see how you have it set-up!
Animal Welfare and Operations Manager
We weigh before and after every feeding. We weigh in grams so that we have a clearer picture of if the kitten is gaining or losing. I've attached the daily care sheet that we use to track the weight, and the feeding weight chart that we use as a guide for how much each kitten has to eat and/or be fed during each feeding.
As a foster I prefer to track in grams, because it is more detailed in terms of exact weight gain (or loss), and I think helps to catch problem situations a hint sooner so that the foster parent can very quickly address it (add force feeding, fluids, get to the vet quickly, etc)... since kittens can fade really fast. I like to weigh twice daily.
We weigh in grams. Most foster parents will switch over to ounces once they are 4-6 weeks.
Hello. We track all neonates kittens in grams and weigh them before and after each feeding. The have to gain at least 5% of their body weight each feeding. If they have consistently lost weight over a 48 hr period we start penicillin injections (diluted with LRS 1:6, give 0.25ml to each kitten) once a day for 3 days.
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