Kittens should gain about ½ ounce (14 grams) per day or 4 ounces (113 grams) per week. Need tips and guide for kitten feeding.
Keep in mind that the younger the kitten, the more accustomed to latching on to its mother’s nipples all the time and nursing small amounts at regular intervals.
Frequency is very important for digestion and allows the kitten’s digestive system to handle small amounts at one time. In addition, the action of breastfeeding stimulates digestion.
If you notice that your kitten isn’t eating enough at one meal, increase the feeding frequency or return to the kitten after the other has eaten to give her a chance to eat more.
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Guide for Bottle Feeding Kitten :
- The kitten needs to be warm, unable to digest properly if its body temperature is low.
- Combine 1 part powdered KMR formula with 2 parts water. (NEVER feed them cow’s milk and feed them the same formula.)
- Kittens should eat 2 tablespoons or 30 cc of formula per 4 ounces of body weight within 24 hours.
- Feed kittens younger than 2 weeks at least every 2 hours.
- Kittens 2 to 4 weeks of age should eat every 3-4 hours. If they sleep longer at night, don’t wake them up to feed them.
- Feed weak or underfed kittens.
- Some variations in the frequency and number of individuals for each kitten may occur.
General Guide For Kitten Feeding
Test the temperature of the formula before feeding, it should be warm (about 100F or 38C), but not hot. Warm the bottle by placing it in hot water for a few minutes or by placing it in the microwave until it reaches the right temperature.
If you are using a microwave make sure to mix the formula well before testing as hot spots can develop in the heating process.
Always position kittens properly for feeding. NEVER lay a kitten on its back while eating. This can cause it to secrete fluid, which means that the kitten is inhaling formula milk into its respiratory tract rather than swallowing it.