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Feeding Your Fragile Feline
 
The manner in which an orphaned kitten is fed also requires special attention. Most kittens can be fed with a bottle, although some types of kittens may have problems swallowing and are weak suckers, requiring a bit more help.
 
Nursing
Several options are available for young kittens. Kittens can be fed with premature baby bottles, a simple eye dropper, a hypodermic syringe, or a special curved kitten bottle. Check with your veterinarian to find out what's right for your baby.
 
Always remember to sterilize your kitten's bottle to ensure that your kitten receives the healthiest care possible.
 
Feeding Schedule

AGE

QUANTITY

1-7 days

1/2-1 tsp. of formula every 2 hour

7-14 days

1-1 1/2 tsp. of formula every 2 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night

14-21 days

1-1 1/2 tsp. of formula every 2 hours during the day and once between 11pm-8am

Cleaning
After each feeding, you should always wipe the kitten's anal and genital area with a moist cloth or cotton ball. This simulates the mother's normal licking in the area and induces the kitten to urinate and defecate. Keep the kitten clean and dry in this area to prevent a rash from forming.
 
Between Meals
Your kitten should be kept in a warm box with a blanket or a heating lamp. You may also wish to supply some sort of a mother substitute such as a hot water bottle wrapped in a blanket or towel.
 
Heat can be dangerous!
Be careful with heat sources and your kitten. In general, heating pads are not recommended. Never use a sun lamp. Animals placed directly on heating pads are at high risk of thermal burns. If a heating pad is used, turn to the lowest setting and cover with a towel or blanket to avoid direct contact with your kitten.

 

Feeding Kittens

Weaning
Getting your kitten onto solid foods is a gradual change and should follow certain guidelines according to your kitten's age.

Formulas
When considering milk replacements for nursing kittens, remember that not all milk are created equal.  Look here for help in choosing the right replacement formula.

Care of Orphaned Newborns
Most kittens can be fed with a bottle, although some kittens may need to be nursed with a hypodermic syringe or a simple eye dropper.

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