An emergency kitten meal

The pet store is closed, and you have hungry kittens that need formula. Never fear! Here are some kitten formula recipes you can make in a pinch. None of these are nutritionally complete for the long term health of a kitten, but they’ll do in an emergency.

 The Cornell Book of Cats says that human baby formula can be used if made up to double the normal strength, although human baby formula is normally not nutritious enough for kittens.

 With the below formulas, please remember that any emergency formula should only be used until regular feline replacement formula can be purchased at the pet store or online .

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The first meal

 1 quart whole goat’s milk
 1 teaspoon light Karo syrup
 1 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt (goat’s milk preferred)
 1 egg yolk Knox unflavored gelatin:
  •Newborn to 1 week — 1 pkg of Knox
  •2nd week — 1 1/2 – 2 pkgs of Knox
  •3rd week — 2 1/2 – 3 pkgs of Knox
  •4th week — 4 pkgs of Knox

 Put goat’s milk in saucepan, add gelatin in the amount above depending on the kitten’s age. Heat goat’s milk/gelatin mixture just until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat. Mix in remaining ingredients and refrigerate. It will keep up to one week. Heat until the formula is nearly warm, check the temperature, then test a few drops of milk on your wrist first. It should feel just a little warm or even cool, not too warm or hot. It is not recommended to use a microwave. Once it passes the skin temperature test, you are ready to feed kittens.
The second meal

 8 ounces homogenized whole milk
 2 egg yolks
 1 teaspoon salad oil
 1 drop liquid pediatric vitamins (optional)

 Mix well and warm before using. Keep refrigerated.
The third meal

 1 part boiled water to 5 parts evaporated milk
 1/2 teaspoon bone meal per 16 oz fluid

 Mix well and warm before using. Keep refrigerated.
The fourth meal

 1 can evaporated milk
 1 egg yolk
 2 tablespoons Karo syrup
 1 drop liquid pediatric vitamins (optional) Mix all three well and kept in tightly sealed jar in the fridge. At feeding time mix 1/2 of the estimated feeding amount with an equal amount of boiling water. (Once a day, mix 1 drop of human infant liquid vitamins in each kitties formula.) Always test temperature on your wrist before feeding. The combination temperature of the boiling water and chilled formula should be just about right.

 If constipation occurs: add 1 drop of vegetable oil to each kitties formula no more than once daily until the problem is eased.


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