Need to Bottle Feed Your Wee Ones
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Can (16 oz) Evaporated Milk (non-sweet)
  • 2 tsp. Dark Karo Syrup
  • Weeks 4 – 5: Give wet or moistened dry food, mixed with formula to form a slush. Supplement with formula if the kitten is not taking to the new food so it eats enough calories
  • Weeks 5 – 6: The weaning kittens should start to nibble on the kibble slightly moistened with water.
  • Weeks 6 – 7: By now the kitten weaning process is complete and they should be eating all solid food by week seven.

To begin weaning a kitten, mix the kitten food with formula so they recognize the taste. Smear the mixture around their mouth with your finger and let them lick it off. Once they get used to the taste they will seek it out elsewhere. You can then introduce them to lapping from a bowl. Monitor them so they do not lap too fast and never push their face into the bowl which could cause them to inhale the mixture and develop pneumonia.

Between the fourth and sixth week, gradually transition the weaning kittens to dry food supplementing with formula if needed. Use canned food or dry kitten food mixed with water. At first, add a lot of water and then reduce the amount of water as the kitten matures.

When you are weaning a kitten onto solid food it is important to use a food formulated specifically for kittens. These formulas have the higher levels of calories, protein and calcium that growing kittens need. If you are caring for a mother cat and her litter, it’s okay for the mom cat to eat the same kitten food while she is nursing.

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