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Bought a Milk replacer for kittens.. But i don't know how to use it.

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I bought this Milk replacer for kittens Called "Nutrience Transition" from the local Pet store the Guy was french and he couldn't explain to me in english how to feed this to a kitten so me desperate for this i went home thinking oh i can do this.. My butt.. lol.. So here is what it says on the "directions" (i even bought the feeder.. mind you the plastic was so thick".. Oh and it's in powder form the replacer;

Preparations: Dilute 1 volume of powder in 2.5 volumes of warm water at 50 degrees celcius (122 degrees F) and mix for 45 seconds until solution becomes homogeneous. ( i can't understand how to use volumes and all) it's really complicated.
post #2 of 13
I'm not sure, but it may mean something like 1 tablespoon of powder mixed in 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of water? 122 degrees sounds awfully warm to me,tho. Hopefully someone will come along that can give you a better answer.
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Originally Posted by KCM View Post
I bought this Milk replacer for kittens Called "Nutrience Transition" from the local Pet store the Guy was french and he couldn't explain to me in english how to feed this to a kitten so me desperate for this i went home thinking oh i can do this.. My butt.. lol.. So here is what it says on the "directions" (i even bought the feeder.. mind you the plastic was so thick".. Oh and it's in powder form the replacer;

Preparations: Dilute 1 volume of powder in 2.5 volumes of warm water at 50 degrees celcius (122 degrees F) and mix for 45 seconds until solution becomes homogeneous. ( i can't understand how to use volumes and all) it's really complicated.
To me you can substitute the word "parts" for volume..in other words 1 part powder to 2.5 parts water. Say you measure out 2 tablespoons of powder, you would then use 2 1/2 times that or 5 tablespoons of water to mix it with.

The best site I know (besides getting advice here) for kitten supplemental (or total) feeding is: http://www.kitten-rescue.com/

hth,
post #4 of 13
I read it as:

Mix 1 part power to 2.5 parts water. I'd mix it until there are no chunks, it looks like the power complete dissolved. Then heat it, put a little on the inside of your wrist to test the temp(like you would with a baby's bottle).
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I read it as:

Mix 1 part power to 2.5 parts water. I'd mix it until there are no chunks, it looks like the power complete dissolved. Then heat it, put a little on the inside of your wrist to test the temp(like you would with a baby's bottle).
Good thing i did that.. they just wont drink it anyway...
post #6 of 13
Are they nursing from mom at all? Or are they very lethargic?

Sometimes, kittens do not quite grasp the concept of a bottle & it takes a little while. I'm not sure how to get them to take the bottle, though.
post #7 of 13
I haven't seen any details?? No idea if these are ophaned kittens, kittens not nursing who need to be fed, etc.

It is why I recommended the kitten-rescue.com site...if they are tiny, still too young for anything but mom's milk or a replacer, and not eating, they must *be* fed...by dropper if necessary.

I'd be taking them to a vet asap frankly.
post #8 of 13
When I had to bottle feed, they wooldn't suckle the bottle the way they do mom. If you make sure the hole in the nipple is big enough to let the formula drip a little,they at least get some of it until they learn. With them being so young, you might do better with a medicine dropper for a week or so if you need to supplement them. But only give them the milk replacement if mom doesn't seem to have enough milk.
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I haven't seen any details?? No idea if these are ophaned kittens, kittens not nursing who need to be fed, etc.

It is why I recommended the kitten-rescue.com site...if they are tiny, still too young for anything but mom's milk or a replacer, and not eating, they must *be* fed...by dropper if necessary.

I'd be taking them to a vet asap frankly.
Here are the details :

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=140363
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
I haven't seen any details?? No idea if these are ophaned kittens, kittens not nursing who need to be fed, etc.

It is why I recommended the kitten-rescue.com site...if they are tiny, still too young for anything but mom's milk or a replacer, and not eating, they must *be* fed...by dropper if necessary.

I'd be taking them to a vet asap frankly.
The momma kitty showed up at the doorstep and delivered 11 kittens. So she would like to supplement.

KCM - a pet store will have a bottle, but I did find them very hard to use, and couldn't squeeze ANY milk out of them. You might have to heat up a needle and poke it through the nipple. Also don't cradle the kitten like a baby; feed it with its belly down and its head up, like they nurse on their mom.

ALSO, you might want to try & make the Kitten Glop recipe from the link at the top of the preg. cats forum. It's not real hard to make, and momma can drink it too. (Come to think of it, she can drink the store bought supplement too, but she might not like it. Elsa never did.)
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
The momma kitty showed up at the doorstep and delivered 11 kittens. So she would like to supplement.

KCM - a pet store will have a bottle, but I did find them very hard to use, and couldn't squeeze ANY milk out of them. You might have to heat up a needle and poke it through the nipple. Also don't cradle the kitten like a baby; feed it with its belly down and its head up, like they nurse on their mom.

ALSO, you might want to try & make the Kitten Glop recipe from the link at the top of the preg. cats forum. It's not real hard to make, and momma can drink it too. (Come to think of it, she can drink the store bought supplement too, but she might not like it. Elsa never did.)
Thank you... i don't have all the ingredients to make the glop because it is almost 1am here.. and for me to run to any store that will actually be open is not very likely. but will do tomorrow.
post #12 of 13
My son found Blossom when she was 3 w/o & I happened to have KRP in my pantry & a baby animal bottle. I tried the hot needle which didn't work so I very carefully cut the tip of the nipple until it would let the milk drip out. I found it very hard to get her used to the bottle. I had to put the nipple in her mouth while she was on her back so I could find her mouth as she wriggled so much. She would suckle for a short time sometimes getting frantic when the nipple collapsed & she couldn't get any milk. She also scratched & clawed at my hands as I tried to feed her. I persevered for 2-3 weeks until she was able to take solid food. You also need to burp them after the bottle.
I can't remember the quantities of water to powder, I just followed the directions on the packet. I mixed it with cold water, stirred until mixed warmed bottle in a glass of hot water & tested on my wrist. I kept hot water near me to reheat as needed. I made enough to last for the day - 4-5 bottles of 20mls each.?
It's very time consuming & I only had one kitten, but no mum to show her how to be a cat.
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Thank you...too bad there isn't a second mom cat to help nurse all of these.
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