Homemade Milk Replacer for Kittens

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Homemade Milk Replacer for Kittens
Keep young kittens healthy with a milk replacement formula. (My Kitten 1 image by jedifoto from Fotolia.com)

A milk replacement is necessary when kittens have been abandoned by their mother or she is unable to feed her kittens due to illness or death. The Home at Last Rescue organisation strongly recommends using a store-bought milk replacement to ensure the kittens' nutritional needs are met. If you cannot obtain one of these milk replacements immediately, you can mix up a homemade formula to feed the kittens for the first 24 hours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Egg yolks
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whole milk
  • Corn oil
  • Liquid infant vitamins
  • Baby bottle
  • Covered container

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  1. 1

    Beat three egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl. Add 2/3 cup whole milk and one tablespoon corn oil to the bowl.

  2. 2

    Add one millileter of liquid infant vitamins to the mixture. These vitamins often come in a jar with a medicine dropper attached to the cap. One full dropper is usually one millileter although this may vary slightly from one brand to the next.

  3. 3

    Mix all of the ingredients. The mixture will be a pale yellow colour and mostly uniform in texture although the ingredients may separate over time.

  4. 4

    Fill a baby bottle with the homemade milk replacement and warm the bottle to room temperature in a bowl of hot water before feeding the kittens.

  5. 5

    Refrigerate remaining milk replacement in a covered container for up to 24 hours and warm the mixture as necessary to feed the kittens.

Tips and warnings

  • Use your homemade milk replacement for no longer than 24 hours as cow's milk may cause bloating, diarrhoea or stomach discomfort. This is due to the amount of lactose present in cow's milk, according to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

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