Emergency Kitten Formula


You have just rescued baby kittens and the pet store is closed. They are hungry. What to do!!! The formulas listed below are for emergency use only until regular kitten formula (such as KMR or Just Born) can be purchased from the pet store. None of these formulas are nutritionally complete enough for the long-term health of a kitten.

Formula #1

  • 12 oz. evaporated goats milk
  • 12 oz water
  • Knox unflavored gelatin. (One packet for each week of kitten’s age but no more than 4 packets). Only add more if diarrhea occurs.Heat on stove until dissolved.
  • Add 1 Tbsp Karo Syrup
  • Add 1 Tbsp nonfat or low-fat unflavored yogurt
  • Add 1 Tbsp protein powder
  • Add 1 Drop PetTinic Vitamins
  • Mix all ingredients well. Refrigerate. It becomes like Jell-O. Cut the amount needed for each feeding and heat in microwave. Keeps up to one week

Formula #2

  • 8 ounces homogenized whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp salad oil
  • 1 drop liquid pediatric vitamins (optional)
  • Mix well. Warm before using. Keep refrigerated

Formula #3

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • Water per directions on gelatin envelope
  • 1 12-oz can whole evaporated milk (not skimmed)
  • 3 Tbsp plain yogurt (not low-fat)
  • 3 tsp clear corn syrup
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 or 2 raw egg yolks (no egg white)

Boil water. Add gelatin powder. Add the other ingredients in the following order, mix well after each addition: half the canned milk, corn syrup, mayonnaise + yogurt, egg yolk, remainder of canned milk. Serve room temperature or slightly warmed. DO NOT reuse uneaten portions. Mixture turns into jelly when refrigerated. Keeps covered up to 2 weeks. Spoon out what you need do use. Warm before feeding.

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