While your kitten is warming up, you can prepare something for him to eat. If this little kitten was hypothermic (abnormally-low body temperature) and in shock when you found him, you should only give him children’s Pedialyte (or an equivalent) for the first two hours, until he warms up. Then switch to kitten formula. If you are using children’s Pedialyte, dilute it half and half with water that has been boiled and cooled. If you don’t have any Pedialyte, you can make a home-made version. This does not need to be diluted.
- 1 cup water (boiled then cooled)
- Small pinch of baking soda
- Small pinch of Salt
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
Mix all ingredients well. Make sure the mixture has been slightly warmed before feeding to your kitten. The mixture will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Feed 1ml (1cc) every half an hour for the first two hours using a dropper or feeding syringe. Also make sure your kitten is on his tummy and not his back when you feed. Feed very slowly so the fluid does not go down the wrong tube and choke your kitten.
After two hours, if your kitten has warmed up, you can begin to feed him formula. Never feed a kitten cow’s milk or human baby formula as this causes stomach upset and severe diarrhea. He can have a commercially available formula such as KMR or Just Born, but if you don’t have any of this, you can make up your own formula to use until you can get hold of some from a vet or pet shop.
Home-Made Kitten Formula (Kitten Glop)
- 8 ounces water (boiled then cooled)
- 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin
- 8 ounces whole evaporated milk (not skim)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (not low fat)
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (not low fat)
- 1 large or 2 small eggs yolks (raw)
- 1 teaspoon clear Karo syrup
- * 1-3 drops liquid pet vitamins
- * 1 capsule acidophilus
- * 1 drop Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)
- * Optional, though very beneficial.
Boil the water, add the gelatin and mix well. Add the following ingredients in order, mixing well after each addition:
1/2 of the canned milk
Mayonnaise and Yogurt
Rest of the milk
All other ingredients
You can substitute canned goat’s milk for the canned evaporated milk, if you prefer it. This mixture will keep in the fridge for up to four days. It is jello-like in consistency in the fridge so you can just scoop out as much as you need and warm. It can also be frozen in ice cube trays and defrosted as needed. You can find pet vitamins at a pet store or your vet, and acidophilus and GSE in the liquid form at a good health food store.
If you prefer, you can use this recipe permanently, instead of a commercially available kitten formula. If you are using a commercial formula, add a quarter of a teaspoon of full fat yogurt to the first bottle of each day. This will aid in your kitten’s digestion.