My cat won't feed her kittens-she has 3 and I need a home made formula for newborns so I can feed them-any suggestions?

I need a homemade formula to feed newborn kittens......any suggestions???

Thanks for your time

Asked by Member 839520 on Jun 27th 2009 in Homemade Food
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I do have one but you would still probably need to go down the road for supply's. So it best for me to suggest you find a vet clinic and if it's after hours find an emergency clinic to purchase a milk replacement formula. The first milk is really important to a kitty as it carries so much more than just milk. If you can make the mother comfortable, do not force her. Make the room as peaceful as possible. If you have a feliway diffuser use that. Then when she is comfortable slowly reintroduce the kittens. If it doesn't work hopefully someone else has brought home the milk replacement formula as the kittens will need a feed very soon and then every few hours. Good luck and I hope the mother will except them soon

♥Sam answered on 6/27/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Yeah, seconding what Sam said. KMR is not that expensive (i've seen starter kits on sale at Petco for less than it would cost me to buy our cats their favorite treats), and nutritionally balanced. It's probably safer and quicker than figuring out how to make a formula on your own.

Gracie answered on 6/28/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Homemade Kitten Milk
You can use this kitten milk substitute to successfully hand-rear baby felines
13 ounces unflavored Pedialyte
12 ounces goat milk
8 ounces plain live culture yogurt
2-1/2 ounces lamb baby food
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons Karo white corn syrup

Put all ingredients into a blender and mix well. Put kitten milk into Nurse-Maid pet nursing bottle (found at Wal-Mart) and heat to lukewarm. Test on the inside of your wrist. Be sure to stir the milk in the container each time before you refill the bottle. Put remaining kitten milk into 8 ounce containers and freeze until needed. Two-week-old kittens will drink about 1/2 ounce every 4 hours. Four-week-old kittens will drink about 1 to 1-1/2 ounces every five hours.

Orphaned Kitten Formula
Keep this kitten milk recipe handy for feeding orphaned kittens in an emergency

1 can goat's milk
1 cup Pedialyte (or generic equivalent, unflavored)
1 egg yolk
1 packet unflavored gelatin
1/2 teaspoon liquid infant vitamins

Blend together. Heat small amounts in microwave to "wrist comfortable" temperature immediately before administering. Store leftovers in refrigerator no longer than 72 hours. Blend before serving each time.

To administer kitten milk, use a syringe without needle or use a kitten feeding bottle. Start with small amounts and work up gradually as kitten grows. Administer kitten milk once every two hours during first two weeks, every three during third week, every four during fourth week. During fourth week, start blending a small can of high quality ground kitten food into the mixture.
Note: Never feed a kitten cow's milk or human baby formula as this causes stomach upset and severe diarrhea. If a kitten is already dehydrated, this could prove fatal. This includes condensed/evaporated canned cow's milk!

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 6/29/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer