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ORPHAN BABY KITTEN FORMULA
(Please read the entire page before beginning to feed kittens)
If you find baby kittens in your garage or yard, it is best to leave the kittens alone
and watch out for the mother. She is probably nearby searching for food. Start leaving
food and fresh water out for her so she will not have to look for food and will have
enough nourishment to feed her kittens. Generally, when the kittens are hungry, they will
cry and the mother will return to feed them. Put a towel inside a box and place the box in
a safe area near the kittens so the mother can move them into the box if she wishes.
If the mother cat is around and feeding the kittens, please contact us before
disturbing the kittens to discuss whether the kittens should be
If there is no mother around or the kittens have been orphaned by the death of the
mother cat, then the following formula should be used to feed the kittens:
ORPHAN KITTEN FORMULA
4 oz. evaporated milk
4 oz. water
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon corn syrup (or substitute pancake syrup)
1 capsule cod liver oil
*REFRIGERATE any unused
formula and make fresh formula if all not used within 48 hours.
Warm formula but make sure its not too hot ! Use a plastic feeding tube a
3 cc size is best but you can use a 1 cc size and you can obtain a tube from a vet or
pharmacy. Orphan kittens need to be fed every 2 3 hours until they are 4 weeks
old. At 4 weeks old, you can introduce some canned cat food mixed with the baby kitten
formula but supplement with the feeding tube until all kittens are fully able to eat
enough on their own. They should be weighed on a kitchen scale each day and their weight
recorded in order to make sure they are gaining. Consult a veterinarian if the
kittens fail to gain weight, have diarrhea, continually vomit or sneeze.
Orphan kittens need help to eliminate their bowels until they are 3 4 weeks old,
after which time they will begin to eliminate on their own. Until that time, after EACH
feeding, use a warm, soft cloth and gently tap or rub their anal area until they pee/poop.
This action simulates the mothers rough tongue washing which, in a natural
situation, helps her kittens eliminate. Be careful not to rub too hard as the skin is very
tender on their rear ends when they are tiny kittens.
All baby kittens should be kept warm and out of a draft in a cardboard box in a safe
area away from small children, dogs or other animals. All interaction with small children
should be supervised as tiny kittens are very vulnerable to stress and handling.
Kittens eyes will usually open around between 10 and 13 days after birth.
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