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How To Bottle Feed Orphaned Kittens {Video}

Since our mama cat was killed last week, we have been bottle feeding the 4 left behind kittens. They were only a week old when they were orphaned, so we had to feed them every 3 hours.

We researched quite a bit and found that "KMR" (kitten milk replacer) is the recommended brand and can be purchased at farm and ranch supply stores. We also read that the kittens will often develop diarrhea if the formula is used as prescribed, without diluting it a little, because it seems to be too rich for the kittens.

We tried a "wait and see" approach, and sure enough they did develop diarrhea, so we are using the following formula with much better results:

  • 1 Tablespoon powdered KMR
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons goat milk
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored yogurt

1. Mix ingredients well.

2. Heat to body temperature.

3. Feed with tiny bottle or medicine dropper. 1 teaspoon every 3 hours for kittens 1-2 weeks old. 2 teaspoons every 4 hours for kittens 2-4 weeks old.

We have found that the kittens finish their portions much quicker when we use a medicine dropper. The bottle, no matter how we enlarged the hole in the nipple, always takes much longer.

When it is my turn to be on "kitten duty", I like to wipe their little bottoms before I feed them to ensure they don't do their business on my lap. This must be done to mimic how the mama cat licks them to stimulate urination and defecation.

Here is a video of my 10 year old, Adrienne, bottle feeding one of the kittens. (Email readers may need to click through to view the video.)

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  1. Cute!

  2. Elisabeth says:

    My children and I tried to view this. We clicked through to your website, but just see bank space where the video should be. Any pointers? :)

  3. Elisabeth says:

    I’m not sure! I’ll have to ask my husband tonight. Thanks for letting me know what app I need to view the video.

    And I’m so sorry about your mama cat! I had cats who had lots of kittens when I was a child, and it would have been so hard to have something happen to the mama cat. (My dear husband is allergic to cats … so we I don’t have any now.)

  4. Patricia O'Connor says:

    I found your site through Pinterest and loved this video of your daughter feeding the orphaned kitten. It’s so good to see children being compassionate and caring for the little animals that need help. I have always had cats – now I have a Main Coon mix that is a brown tiger-striped sweetie named MiMi. Thank you for sharing this story.