Young kittens like the ones under four or five weeks old, require nursing from their mother cats to get hydration and nutrients. If she isn’t available or can’t feed them, you may feed the orphaned kittens with milk formula for kittens. Already-weaned, older kittens just require water to be hydrated.
Replacement for Kitten Milk
Kittens that were abandoned prior to four weeks old have to drink kitten milk replacement formula. You may find such formulas in the pet supply stores along with some of the items necessary to feed your kittens like nipples and nursing bottles. Such formulas come in either powdered or canned liquid form. If the mother’s milk is not available to your furry friend, these are the next great thing since they’re formulated specifically to contain necessary nutrients, proteins, and fats that kittens require to have proper growth.
Replacement for Electrolytes
When kittens become dehydrated, typically from vomiting or diarrhea or since they haven’t been drinking milk formula, they require something much easier on their tummy to drink. Unflavored infant electrolyte replacement solutions must do the trick to raise their blood sugar and rehydrate them. You may combine it with the milk replacement formula once first bottle-feeding your kittens to help ease their system into accepting new liquid nourishment. This kind of solution is ideal for feeding to kitten that have been chilled and now warm to the touch since they are much easier on their digestive system. Always warm it to comfortable temperature.
During the process of weaning and when kittens have been weaned, they will need access to a fresh bowl of water. See to it that the bowl that you’re using is shallow so your kittens cannot fall in and drowned accidentally. Take note that the kittens are small and can be clumsy at times. Always change the water twice everyday so it is clean and fresh, particularly since your kittens can play in the water as they discover what these are. If your kittens do not take to drinking water instantly, you may add 1 teaspoon or two tuna juice and low sodium chicken broken to make this much enticing. Besides, great hydration is essential for the health of your kittens.
Warnings to Note
Never give your kittens with cow’s milk because this could cause them to have diarrhea and upset stomach. Cow’s milk does not have the necessary nutrients of kittens and have little protein. This can also be hard to digest due to its high content of lactose. Some kinds of milk like the milk of the goat are not substitutes for formula and for same reasons. If your kittens seem ill and not willing to nurse, they could be dehydrated quickly. Dehydrated cats require quick vet care and intravenous fluids. Kittens that are not yet weaned must get only formula to drink and not water that could fill them up and doesn’t have nutritional value. Keep those things in mind when thinking of the drinks you can give to kittens to ensure good health.