I hope today is going more smoothly for you with the kittens feedings. Please keep us posted and let us know if there's anything else we can help you with. Also, I was curious how many kittens your feeding, if there is a momma kitty involved at all, and if there is, is she's nursing them at all, and how old they are- so that we can give you more accurate advice and tips according to their age and situation. I'm assuming they're quite young from what you've already written, and will be on formula for a while. But since i'm thinkig about it now and thought you might like some helpful ideas when you get ready to wean them, i'm going to go ahead and post this for you so you can use it when they get to be a few weeks old and are ready for more age appropriate food. i have a wonderful suggestion for helping you switch them from formula to solids when the time is right... gradually start introducing them to baby food....specifically Gerber- the ingredients in Gerber seem to do better with kittens than some of the other baby food i've tried, and i have tried quite a few...Get the Gerber in the Stage 1 jars. I suggest using Turkey, Beef, or Chicken- make sure it is meat!!!....cats are carnivorious...and i would suggest not using Ham because it can upset their stomaches. You should keep allowing the kittens to nurse their momma until the momma weans them if they are with their momma, but go ahead and seperate them a few at a time and let them sample the baby food---but please make sure they are always kept warm and never allowed to become chilled.Try letting them lick a little bit of the baby food off your fingers, and then put it in a small, shallow dish...i suggest warming the baby food to room temperature/body temperature---remember cats are natural killers, and they prefer their cusine to be "blood temperature" as it would be if it were fresh kill.- i've never meet a kitten that didn't like baby food, not to mention it will give the momma little bit of a reprive from nursing, especially if they are constantly fighting over nipples, or if you're hand feeding them, it will allow them to be more satisfied and happy with their feedings,as they are getting older and would naturally be weaned off their momma if she were there. Once they begin eating more baby food and less milk, then introduce them GRADUALLY to soft food while they're beginning to wean from their mother/ dropper---but do not stop giving them milk completely, remember, everything should be a gradual transistion so as not to upset their digestive tracts..., once they are ready for a bit more of a challenge, try moving them off of the baby food and introducing them to soft kitten food- i personally prefer the Wiskas Pouches, they stay fresh and i've found that the majority of my foster kittens loved them, however...use whatever kitten soft food you feel most comfortable with...keep giving them a little milk while making the transition, but work them up so that they're eating more soft food than they are drinking milk. Then, when they are ready for an even yummier challenge, i would suggest buying some Wiskas kitten milk or KMR ...heating it up a bit and mixing it with Purina Kitten Chow...until the consistancy is that of a kitten "mush"....allow them to begin to eat that. It will give them a taste for solid food, while slowly adjusting them off of the formula. Then when they are ready, you should gradually transistion them off of the kitten "mush" and onto solid Purina Kitten Chow.....remember...slowly and gradually is key! That is the best way i've found to wean kittens without upsetting their digestive tracts or weaning them too soon, and It has worked very well for all of my former and present foster kittens.I hope that helps you when the time is right....if you need anything else, feel free to let me know, Especially if you need anymore advice while they are still very small and being hand feed. You and your furbabies are in my thoughts today!
Best of Wishes!