Night Kitty rescue. Job well done. Hooray for Angel
In case you do need it, I found this.
Feeding is the most important thing in your kittens health. You must feed the right amount, and not over feed him, and you can't feed too fast either. For the first 2 days if it is possible the kittens should be on their mothers milk, so they could get some antibodies from diseases, and nutrients that only mom's milk can provide. For the 1st days you should feed them with a bottle, syring, or an eye dropper. Feed them very slowly or their lungs will fill with milk.
Bottle- This method is slow but effective. Make sure you put a small hole at the top. If milk comes out of his nose, the hole is to big. You must go get another bottle. Check to see the amount of formula is in the bottle to see if they are actually getting milk. The kitten will stop sucking when he/she is full.
Syringe- I don't like this method that much. I fed my kittens with a sryinge and the milk got all over them. If you are going to use a syring make sure you are pushing very, very gently. When the kitten bubbles at the mouth he is finished
Eyedropper- This is my favorite method, It's quick, easy and most important NOT MESSY!! When the kitten MEOWS put the tip in it's mouth. squeeze the top a little bit so he knows there is milk in there. But after he starts sucking, then don't push anymore. Just let him drink it out. When the kittens bubbles formula at the mouth, or stops drinking he is finished. The only down side is you have to refill it several times, and it can get a bit confusing on how many times you fed him. But it is a very good method.
Tube- This is when a tube is surgically inside the kitten. You put the food inside the tube and it goes to the stomach. It's very fast and easy. There is no worry about feeding to fast. Make sure you measure the right amount of milk before you put it in. The only problem with this is IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE. Especially if you have a whole litter of kittens to care for. Go to your vet if you want to get the tube.
Remember to warm the milk before you give it to the kittens. Do not over feed, because it will cause diariah. Diariah is deadly to a orphan kitten, especially since it doesn't have immunitys that is only provide by the mother's milk. Signs of diariah is liquidy stools. Yellowish stools are normal for a new born kitten. If you think he has diariah go to a vet. After you bottle,syringe, or eyedrop feed, burp the kitten. Put the kitten on your shoulder, and rub it and gently tap the back of the kitten until you hear a tiny burp. Why doesn't a real mom cat burp her cats? Well the bottles, syringes, and eyedroppers have air bubbles in them which the kitten swallows. In order to take the gas out of his stomach you must burp the kitten to release the gas.
Follow this feeding chart
Age in Avg. weight Amount of Number of
weeks of kitten formula per day feeding per day
1 4 oncues 32 cc 6
2 7 ounces 56 cc 4
3 10 ounces 80 cc 3
4 13 ounces 104 cc 3
5 1 pound 128 cc 3
Check the age of your kitten. Divide the amount of formula per day and the number of feeding per day. That will give you the amount to feed the kitten. Feed the kittens that are a few days old every 3-4 hours or on demand. Kittens that are 1-2 weeks old every 3-4 hours. Kittens that are 3-5 weeks old feed every 6-8 hours. Never, ever, ever feed you kittens cow milk. It doesn't contain the nutrients your kitten needs. They will slowly starve to death on cow's milk. If it is at all possible try to find a cat that just had babies or is pregnent, or has kittens, so she can take care of the kittens. You could also look for a dog. We found stray kittens before, and my grandmother's dog just had puppies, so she still had milk. Her dog nursed the kittens. Do not feed a cold kitten, and do not give a kitten cold milk. Always make sure it is warm.