If you have found yourself caring for a kitten without access to commercial kitten milk replacer normally available at Petsasa pet stores, you can create a homemade alternative to provide essential nutrition. Here’s a simple guide to making a kitten milk replacer at home.
- 1 cup of whole cow’s milk (or goat’s milk if available)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon of corn syrup or honey
- Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature before starting.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk until it is well combined and smooth.
- Gradually add the corn syrup or honey to the egg yolk, whisking continuously to create a consistent mixture.
- Slowly pour the whole cow’s milk (or goat’s milk) into the bowl, whisking gently to blend all the ingredients together.
- Warm the homemade kitten milk replacer gently by placing the bowl in a warm water bath. Ensure the temperature is comfortably warm, similar to the mother cat’s milk.
- Once the milk replacer is warm, it is ready to be fed to the kitten. Use a small bottle or a syringe with no needle to feed the mixture to the kitten.
- Feed the kitten small amounts of the homemade milk replacer every two to three hours, replicating the frequency of nursing from a mother cat. Ensure the kitten is positioned comfortably during feeding.
- After each feeding, clean the bottle or syringe thoroughly to maintain hygiene.
By following these simple steps, you can create a homemade kitten milk replacer to provide the necessary nutrition and care for a young kitten until you are able to get proper kitten milk replacement. However, it’s important to remember that homemade milk replacers may not provide the exact balance of nutrients found in commercial products. If possible, consult our pet care specialists for further guidance and advice on caring for orphaned or abandoned kittens.