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INFANT KITTEN FORMULA

Ingredients:

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

Preparation & Cooking

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, use a syringe without needle or use a kitten feeding bottle. Start with small amounts and work up gradually as kitten grows.

Administer 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.

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Note: Many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means that they cannot digest cow's milk properly and they get diarrhea or gastric upset when they drink it. 

According to the ASPCA, "Unless they are spoiled or moldy, milk, cheese and other dairy foods are not considered to be poisonous to pets. However, many pets’ digestive systems cannot tolerate dairy foods very well. This can result in vomiting and diarrhea, which in severe cases could lead to inflammation of the pancreas. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian before offering any “people food” to your pets."

One alternative is using lactose-free milk in recipes, which you can find in pet stores.  Whiskas makes a product called CATMILK.

For further reference, see: ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, Section on "People foods for pets"