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For kittens who won’t suck or when there isn’t a lactating mother cat accessible, homemade kitten milk formulas are vital. Kitten supplement formula, which breeders call “kitty glop” or “cat milk substitute,” is often given to orphaned kittens but can also be given to newborn kittens who are hungry.
Kittens are normally cared for and fed by their mothers in typical conditions. For the first month of their lives, their mother’s milk provides them with all of the nutrition they require, but complications may emerge that make a mother cat’s milk inaccessible.
- It’s possible that the mother cat will perish during giving birth.
- A car or an animal may kill the mother cat if she is an outside or indoor/outdoor cat.
- It’s possible that the mother cat will abandon her entire litter.
- The mother may be unable to cope with the litter on her own.
- One or more kittens may be rejected by the mother because they are too small or weak.
- The mother could be ill or suffering from postpartum depression.
The kitten may perish from a lack of nutrients and attention unless it is manually fed by a human. These home-made recipes give them the nutrients they need to make it through their early years and continue to grow and develop normally.
What Is the Best Way to Make Your Own Kitten Formula?
There are a variety of homemade kitten formula recipes available, but using a kitten milk replacement from a pet store is optimal. If you don’t have access to store-bought milk replacement, locate a recipe that you have all of the ingredients for until you can get some milk replacement formula. It is not recommended to use a homemade kitten replacement formula for more than 24 hours (as long as it is out of the refrigerator).
The following formulas are from the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine’s The Cornell Book of Cats:
Formula #1 for Kitten Replacement
- 1 quart whole goat’s milk
- 1 teaspoon light Karo syrup
- 1 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt (made with goat’s milk preferably)
- 1 egg yolk
- Unflavored gelatin
- Newborn to 1 week — 1 package gelatin
- 2nd week — 1-1/2 to 2 packages gelatin
- 3rd week — 2-1/2 to 3 packages gelatin
- 4th week — 4 packages gelatin
In a saucepan, combine the goat’s milk and the appropriate amount of gelatin for the kitten’s age. Remove the mixture from the heat once the gelatin is completely dissolved. Combine the remaining ingredients and chill. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Formula #2 for Kitten Replacement
- 8 ounces homogenized whole milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon salad oil
- 1 drop liquid pediatric vitamins (optional)
Mix well and keep refrigerated.
Formula #3 for Kitten Replacement
- 1 part boiled water to 5 parts evaporated milk
- 1/2 teaspoon bone meal per 16 ounces fluid
Mix well and keep refrigerated.
Formula #4 for Kitten Replacement
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 drop liquid human pediatric vitamins (optional)
Combine the milk, egg yolk, and syrup in a firmly covered jar and store in the refrigerator. Mix half of the estimated feeding amount with an equal amount of hot water during feeding time. Mix one drop of human infant liquid vitamins into each kitten’s formula portion once a day.
How Do You Feed a Newborn Kitten?
You’ll need special baby bottles if you need to bottle feed a kitten. Kittens’ small baby bottles with tiny nipples can be found online or in pet stores. These bottles are designed to carry modest amounts of formula and a small kitten. If you can’t find a tiny baby bottle, a syringe without the needle can be used instead, especially if the kitten won’t take the bottle. For this reason, oral syringes are commonly available from pharmacies.
Warm up your homemade or store-bought formula, and then test a few drops of milk on your wrist. It should be slightly warm or even cold, but not excessively hot or scorching. The use of a microwave is not advised. Most people pour the formula into the bottle or syringe and then place it in a dish of hot water to heat it up. You can feed the kitten once the formula has passed the skin temperature test. Maintain a natural feeding position on the kitten’s belly and provide warm formula every three to four hours until the kitten is ready to transition to solid food. Kittens should consume around 8 millilitres of formula per ounce of body weight every day. This indicates that a kitten weighing 4 ounces should consume roughly 32 mL of formula a day. You can therefore feed 8 mL of formula every 4 hours.
If a kitten gets constipated, add one drop of vegetable oil to his or her formula once a day until the problem goes away.
What do you feed a newborn orphaned kitten?
Orphaned kittens are routinely bottle-fed kitten formula milk replacer every 2 to 4 hours for the first 3 weeks of their lives. When kittens are 3 to 4 weeks old, feed them a kitten milk replacer mixed with small portions of moist, easily chewable commercial kitten food four to six times a day.
Can newborn kittens drink water?
Young kittens will obtain all of their fluid from their mother’s milk and will not require any more fluid. Weaned kittens will need to sip fresh water.
How long can kitten formula sit out?
Kitten formula should not be kept out for more than two hours at room temperature.
How long does kitten formula last?
Kitten formula can be kept refrigerated for up to two days.
How much is kitten formula?
Prices range from $20 to $40, so shop around.
Is evaporated milk good for kittens?
Kittens require specific minerals that evaporated milk lacks, so they will most likely become unwell. Also, evaporated milk has much less protein and fat than regular cow’s milk, which kittens need to grow.
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