There’s no time to waste if you’re responsible for feeding newborn kittens.
If you don’t have the time or ability to get a commercial milk replacer, then you must whip up a batch of “Kitten Glop.”
The best formula for a newborn you can use for feeding is KMR, but “Kitten Glop” (as referred to by cat breeders) is good nutrition for kittens in a pinch.
Note: This formula is to be used only temporarily, as it’s based on cow’s milk, which will not help the kitten thrive in the long run.
This homemade mixture is not just for feeding newborn kittens, but also for nursing mother queens, those recuperating from illness, and older felines suffering from dental or gum problems.
Homemade Recipe for Feeding Newborn Kittens
You will need:
- 12 oz of water
- 1 envelope Knox Gelatin
- 1 12-oz can of whole evaporated milk (don’t use skim)
- 2 tablespoons of mayonaise
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, not nonfat
Begin by boiling the water. Add the gelatin pouch and stir well. Add the following ingredients in the order listed and mix thoroughly after each addition:
- 1/2 of the canned evaporated milk
- Mayonnaise and yogurt
- The rest of the can of milk
Note: Oftentimes older cats have difficulty digesting cows’ milk. If are treating an adult or senior citizen, mix a small amount first to test how he reacts.
Variations of the above recipe include adding vitamins, acidophilus or pureed jarred baby food (lamb, chicken or beef flavored.)
Don’t use raw egg product due to salmonella risk.
When mixed and refrigerated, the “Glop” formula has a gelatinous consistency.
It can be stored for up to two weeks in the fridge, or frozen in an ice cube tray–when ready to use, just warm up a cube at a time for feeding newborn kittens.