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Milk Replacer

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I just have a curious question, what milk replacer is most preferred? New Born, Esbilac, Nurturall-C. I've only done squirrel rescue, but use the dog milk replacers, mostly the Nurturall and Esbilac. And the world of squirrel rehab is VERY picky on their milks. So I was just curious as to what replacer was most reccomended for kittens.

post #2 of 7
I use KMR exclusively - same brand as Esbilac, but formulated for kittens. Esbilac is NOT suitable for kittens and should not be used except as an emergency interim formula until you can get proper kitten formula.
post #3 of 7
I use Biolac (But I'm in Australia so I don't know what the equivalent is!)
post #4 of 7
I use a brand called Wombaroo and I love it. Again, I think it's only available in Australia.

I've heard good things about KMR and would probably use that if I was in the USA.
post #5 of 7
Dog milk replacers usually not suitable for kittens - big risk for poop-stop.
KMR has a very good reputation since many years. Royal Canin is nowadays good, yes very good (tells breeders in Sweden). But older version were not so good - sometimes risk for poop-stop.

A forumist from Bosnien-Hercegovina, JennyR did had good use of goat-milk mixed with some egg-yolk - as they dont always have commercial kitten-milk substitute there.

I had seen similiar receipts before, so my conclusion is goat milk seems to be a excellent base for emergency kitten milk.
Goats are common animals in poorer countries - exactly where there usually is difficult to get real KMR
post #6 of 7
Very true Stefan. Many rescuers actually prefer the home-made kitten glop to the commercially available formulae.

Home-made kitten formula (Kitten Glop)

8 ounces water (boiled then cooled)
1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin
8 ounces whole evaporated milk (not skim)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (not low fat)
2 tablespoons plain yogurt (not low fat)
1 large or 2 small eggs yolks (raw)
1 teaspoon clear Karo syrup
* 1-3 drops liquid pet vitamins
* 1 capsule acidophilus
* 1 drop Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)

* Optional, though very beneficial.

Boil the water, add the gelatin and mix well. Add the following ingredients in order, mixing well after each addition:

1/2 of the canned milk
Mayonnaise and Yogurt
Rest of the milk
All other ingredients

You can substitute canned goat's milk for the canned evaporated milk, if you prefer it. This mixture will keep in the fridge for up to four days. It is jello-like in consistency in the fridge so you can just scoop out as much as you need and warm. It can also be frozen in ice cube trays and defrosted as needed. You can find pet vitamins at a pet store or your vet, and acidophilus and GSE in the liquid form at a good health food store.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
I know not to use dog milk on a kitten. That's about as stupid as using dog flea control on a cat. But when you rehab squirrels puppy formula is the best because it's more fattening and has more nutrients compared to cat milk replacers.

I just kind of wondered what was used because I've only ever used dog formulas. And if the occasion ever arises I have to bottle feed a cat, I just wondered what people have had the best luck with. So thansk for the information everyone
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