A kitten should eat about 8 milliliters (mL) of formula per ounce of body weight per day. For example, a kitten that weighs 4 ounces should eat about 1 ounce of formula per day. To determine how much to give at each feeding, divide the total amount of formula per day by the number of feedings.
Kitten bottle-feeding guidelines:
Kittens should eat 2 tablespoons or 30cc of formula per 4 ounces of body weight within 24 hours. Feed kittens under 2 weeks old at least every 2 hours. Kittens 2 to 4 weeks old should eat every 3 to 4 hours.
It is recommended to heat kitten milk replacer to around 38°C (100°F) before feeding, but be careful not to overheat. Cold food, feeding rates that are too fast, and overfeeding can lead to belching, aspiration, gas, and diarrhea.
Feed kittens 2 tablespoons (30mL) of liquid for every 4 ounces (115g) of body weight. The daily feeding rate should be divided into equal portions for each feeding. Kittens’ needs vary and this amount may need to be increased or decreased depending on the individual.
A 2-3 week old kitten still needs to be fed every 2-3 hours and should consume at least 1/2 tablespoon formula or milk during each meal.
The average kitten eating solid foods will need between 2 and 4 ounces of water each day in addition to the water already in their diet catsters.
During the first 3 weeks of life, orphaned kittens are typically bottle fed kitten food formula every 2 to 4 hours. When kittens are 3 to 4 weeks old, feed them a kitten milk replacer mixed with small amounts of moist, easily chewable commercial kitten food.
four to six times a day
Kittens should have full tummies after eating, but not tight or bloated tummies. If your kitten’s tummy feels tight, try feeding less next time.
Let young kittens eat as much as they want; they almost certainly won’t get overweight. You can feed for free as long as other pets don’t eat all of the food and you only omit dry food. Young kittens need a lot of calories for their size.
Cats will gain weight if they are regularly overfed. This means they become less mobile, more lethargic and less active, and can eventually become ill. Obese cats can develop liver or heart disease or diabetes.
Mixing Instructions: Gently stir or shake one part KMR powder into two parts warm water (one part can be a teaspoon, tablespoon or cup). Do not mix more KMR than you can use in 24 hours. Don’t use a blender. Reconstituted KMR should be kept refrigerated.
Four week old kittens are not ready for solid food. Instead, they should have cat milk substitutes that come in both liquid and powdered forms; feed 8 ml of formula per ounce of bodyweight each day divided into four feedings.
Orphaned kittens and puppies cannot pee and poop on their own until they are 3-4 weeks old. Up to this point, the mother is usually stimulating her litter to pee and poop.
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.