... gradually start introducing the kitten to baby
food if you see that it is nursing well from the bottle with kitten formula....specifically Gerber or Del Monte- the ingredients in them 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 or Del Monte 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 the kitten's stomach. Try letting the kitten lick a little bit of the baby food off your fingers, if it nurses well off your finger, then find a syringe and feed the kitten baby food through that. Once it is ready for a bowl,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!
Once the kitten begins
eating more baby food and less milk, then introduce it GRADUALLY to
soft food while you're beginning to wean it off the milk. However, do not stop giving it milk completely, remember, everything should
be a gradual transistion so as not to upset the kitten's stomach & digestive tract..., once the kitten is ready for a bit more of a challenge, try moving it off of the baby food and introducing it to soft kitten food- i personally
prefer the Wiskas Pouches - in the Pate' style, 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 the kitten a little milk while making the transition, but work it up so that it's eating
more soft food than it is are drinking milk. Then, when the kitten is 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 the kitten to
begin to eat that. It will give it a taste for solid food, while slowly
adjusting them off of the formula. Then when the kitten is ready, you should
gradually transistion it 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,
You and your furbabies are in my thoughts today!
Best of Wishes!
Also- i highly recommend you visit www.kitten-rescue.com
.It is a wonderful site with volumes of information about fostering orphan kittens
Also, another side note, at 4-6 weeks, the kitten should be feed 4-5 times a day. It should recieve 8cc 's of formula per ounce of body weight. It is normal for a 4 week old kitten to weigh around 8-10 ounces, so for example, an 8 ounce kitten should recieve 64cc's of formula per day. If it weighs more- feed it more accordingly.
. Most small kitchen scales are accurate. Weigh the kitten around the same time every day to see if it's gained weight - Also, remember to always feed the kitten on it's all 4's never on it's back, so as not to get fluid into it's lungs and result in pnemonia. Good luck! I'm rootin for you!