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Thread Starter 
Is it possible to make the newborn kittens too warm?
post #2 of 8
I moved your post to the right forum. The babies should be at 90 degrees at least- but with momcat nearby and attending to them most of the time, unless you have them in a drafty big room or out in the open, you should be okay.
post #3 of 8
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ok I have them in the closet with just enough room for momma to get in...so there is no need for a heating fan or anything?
post #4 of 8
It depends on how warm the room is, if the windows are open, usually closets aren't too drafty as long as the doors are shut as much as possible to keep cool air out. You can always drape a towel over the box and fasten it to the sides with clothespins so it won't drop down on the kittens and leave enough room for momcat to get out and use the litter pan when she has to- also do not put the litter pan near the box in the closet, but close enough outside the closet that mom can use it while still able to see her kittens.
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we left momma's litter pan and food where they were, she dont seem to mind...She is also not spending every waking moment over the kittens. She goes to feed them, bathe them and check on them every once in awhile.
post #6 of 8
i asked Sam this question and she told me that if its not too warm for you its not too warm for the kittens. she also said remember they have fur and a momma for warmth too!
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Neonates require warmth. And just after they are born, they are wet and the slightest little draft of cool air can chill them. Momcat will groom them, but it normally takes about an hour or so for them to become completely dry. So for that first hour after birth, it is critical that they stay warm.

Normally, Mom is still busy delivering and freeing the kittens from the sac as they are born and she may also eat the placenta. All that takes time. So the first, second and maybe even third kitten in a litter has to standby a while until Mom can devote her attention to them. Make certain they are close to her body but out of the way of the arrival of the rest of the litter. Don't put them up next to Mom's head as she may choose to attend to them instead of attending to cleaning up kittens being born. I use torn-up old bed sheets in my nesting box, so I take one of these, double it up and drape it over my girl's back then gently place the waiting babies up next to her - the sheet provides a shield from the babies putting all that wetness onto Mom's fur where it is hard for her to clean herself, but allows her body warmth to come through the thin fabric. You can also drape a few of the pieces of bed sheets around and over the babies so they can keep the warmth in. Of course, have other thick padding that can fold and drape easily in the nest as well as Mom will want to burrow down to ensure that warmth.

Never, ever place a birthing nest on a concrete or uninsulated floor surface. A lot of houses don't have insulation under the sub-flooring of closets (shoddy business if you ask me!) so I don't like closets. I also find them hard to get to in case I need quick access. But, if you ~must~ have a nest on an uninsulated floor, place a heating pad under the nest but only so it goes halfway and does not cover the entire bottom of the nest. If only half of the nest is heated, then if it gets too warm, Mom will move herself and her babies away from it so as not to cause damage.

Hope this helps,

~gf~
post #8 of 8
It is technically possible to overheat kittens, but all you have to do is make sure the room temperature is warm to you but still bearable (75-80 degrees is a good number to shoot for), and that they are able to get away from any direct heat sources you provide for them. Items like Snuggle Safes or grain socks are good because they are excellent heat sources but the kittens can also crawl away from them if they get too warm (and crawl back if they begin to fele cold). Healthy kittens are pretty good at seeking out what they need as long as it is readily accessible to them.
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