Originally Posted by yayi
Hi! I am presently taking care of 4 orphaned kittens about 3 weeks old. They are doing okay but I am confused about the intake of the cat milk. The instructions in the nursing kit, says that the amount of milk remain constant reducing the number of feeds as the kitten grows which makes sense since they are supposed to be slowly weaned. However, in the kittenrescue link, the milk intake is increased as the kitten ages. Eg.: "80cc for 3 wks old" and "104cc for 4 weeks old". Do mommy cats make more milk for their babies as they grow? How do they wean them then?
Actually you are feeding more because you are feeding less often as the kitten grows:
Birth to 1 week: Feed every 3 hours (8 feedings per day)
From 1 to 3 weeks: Feed every 4 hours (6 feedings per day)
From 3 to 4 weeks: Feed every 5 hours (5 feedings a day)
From 4 to 5 weeks: Feed four to five times a day.
Total Formula required per day
Birth to 1 week: 24cc
1 week: 32cc
2 weeks: 54cc
3 weeks: 80cc
4 weeks: 104cc
5 weeks: 128cc
As a guide, a kitten should drink about 8cc's of formula per ounce of body weight per day.
Notice...bottle feeding goes through the 5th week, however you can also begin to introduce food to the kittens to start the weaning process.
Here is information on weaning:http://www.kitten-rescue.com/weaning.html