Orphan Kitten Formula
Some kittens are not fortunate enough to have regular access to mothers milk and need extra care to help them begin their jouney in life.
Mothers milk is the best food there is for growing kittens, but when a mother cannot nurse at all or if you find an orphan kitten you can help them by providing them a healthy meal until they are able to eat on their own.
This formula closely replicates the constituents of cat’s milk. To boost the protein content of cow’s or goat’s milk to the level found in cat’s milk, protein powder is added.
- 2 cups whole milk (goat milk preferred)
- 2 large eggs
- 5 teaspoons protein powder (animal protein such as egg or milk)
- 1/8 teaspoon eggshell powder
- 1 – 2 days’ worth of cat vitamin (powdered or crushed)
- 100 mg. taurine powder (if not included in cat vitamin)
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Warm just to body temperature and feed with a pet nurser bottle or doll bottle.
- It is important that the milk continue to be warm, so you may have to re-heat it occasionally by placing it in a pan of hot water. Make sure it’s body temperature – not hot. Check your wrist or with a thermometer (101 F)
- Give kitten’s just enough at each feeding to enlarge the abdomen slightly without distending it, usually 8 cc or about 1 1/2 teaspoon. Don’t over feed, stop before the kitten does.
- After each feeding, gently massage the kitten’s belly to stimulate a bowel movement and swab the genital and anal area with a tissue moistened slightly with warm water. Mother cats lick the same areas to stimulate proper urination and defecations.
- After two weeks of age you can begin to add a high protein dry cereal, such as baby cereal or oats or ground up liver or kidney.
- When kittens are 3 to 4 weeks old; introduce solid food such as a high quality homemade recipe or canned food. Mix in with the kitten milk formula to create a mush.
- Begin weaning at 4 to 6 weeks of age and after 6 weeks kittens will be able to eat all of their food from a bowl.
|Orphan Kitten Formula|
|Recipe yields approx. total ounces:||21.4|
|Total number of 1 cup servings:||2 2/3|
|Nutrition Facts per 8 ounce serving|
|Total Fat g.||10.7|
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