Do not feed kittens cow’s milk as it does not provide the right nutrition for them. Cow’s milk also causes diarrhea, a potentially life-threatening condition for young kittens. Only feed your kittens approved kitten food. Hoskins, a homemade formula, is ideal.
Homemade Milk Replacer for Kittens1 • 6 tablespoons (90ml) condensed milk • 6 tablespoons (90ml) water • 1/2 cup (120ml) plain yogurt (not low fat) • 3 large or 4 small Mix egg yolks evenly and heat to 95-100°F. + Keep in the fridge between uses.
We recommend that you only use powdered kitten milk powder from the start – or as soon as possible – to prevent diarrhea. Two main brands of formula are available: PetAg KMR® Powder and Farnam Pet Products Just Born® Highly Digestible Kitten Milk Replacer.
Kittens less than 8 weeks should be fed a kitten milk replacer such as PetAg Petlac Kitten Powder until they are weaned. During this time you should not give them cow’s or goat’s milk or only plant milk.
Very young kittens get most of their fluids from mother’s milk and don’t need anything else. Weaned kittens need fresh water to drink.
Your kitty is no different, but she still needs to drink plenty of water! Kittens may get the water they need from wet food like Whiskas® wet bags, but they still need fresh drinking water. Water supports your body processes and helps you avoid possible problems with your kidneys.
Human food is for humans
Despite all the cute pictures of kittens drinking milk from a saucer, kittens should only drink their mother’s milk. “Some kittens (and adult cats) are lactose intolerant and will become ill when fed cow’s milk and other dairy products,” says Drew Weigner, DVM, board-certified cat specialist.
You need to dilute cow’s milk with water and if they don’t get diarrhea after a day, you can continue to give them diluted cow’s milk. Once the kittens are 3-4 weeks old, you can offer the formula in a shallow bowl along with some kitten food softened with water.
Why can’t cats have cow’s milk? Is it bad for her? In short, yes, cow’s milk is bad for cats. Most cats are actually “lactose intolerant” in that they don’t have the enzyme (lactase) in their gut to digest the sugar in milk (lactose), meaning milk containing lactose can make them nauseous.
It’s a common misconception that cats should be given milk treats on a regular basis. The truth is that most cats are lactose intolerant, so feeding cow’s milk can actually cause significant health problems.
Never feed a kitten cow’s milk or other dairy products, milk alternatives or human baby food as this can be dangerous or even fatal to the kitten. Instead, purchase kitten food from a pet supply store, feed store, or online.
Warmth and First Aid
Do not feed a kitten until it is warm, as cold weather will not allow it to digest properly. However, it’s okay to feed a few drops of 5% sugar water with a syringe or rub a little Karo Syrup on the kittens’ lips. Kittens under 3 weeks old cannot control their body temperature.
These kittens should be bottle fed Kitten Milk Replacer (or KMR), which is available in either liquid or powder form. It’s the equivalent of a formula you would use on a bottle-fed baby, except it’s formulated for cats. The formula, bottle and teat are available over the counter at most pet stores.
Can cats drink condensed milk? So using evaporated milk for kittens is really not recommended. If it’s the middle of the night and you have nothing else and can’t get anything until morning, it works in a pinch. But it’s definitely not something you should use long-term.