can begin at four weeks of age.
Use a high quality, high-protein kitten food. Please, don't be
cheapthese are growing kittens and they need the best nutrition
gradually separating the babies from the mother at four weeks
of age; just take her out of the room two hours before you feed
the babies. This will stimulate the kittens' appetites and initiate
the drying-up process with Momcat's milk (if she has any). Gradually
increase the amount of time the mom is separated from the kittens.
At first, put out a saucer of kitten formula mixed with a few
pieces of dry kitten food that has been soaked in water and mashed
up to form a gruel mixture, no thicker than a milkshake. Do this
three times a day, even if the kittens refuse it every time. Put
the kittens by the food each time. You will probably need to continue
supplemental feeding for some or all of the kittens for a little
while longer, because the kittens will probably ignore the food
they are very stubborn, stick your finger into the goop, then
allow the kitten to lick it off. If that doesn't work, gently
hold the kitten in place and rub a little bit on their teeth and
try to get them to start licking from your finger. They are accustomed
to being held in place while being fed so this may help them make
the change. (It worked for Winnie.)
they are licking kitten goop from your finger, lower your finger
until it is in the goop. The kitten will then begin to eat from
the saucer. You will be very happy!
patient, keep tryingthey will eventually catch on. My Winnie
refused to eat out of a dish until she was seven weeks old!
a product available called Second Step Kitten Weaning Formula,
made by KMR (who also makes my favorite kitten formula). It
can be used for kittens up to eight weeks of age. I wish I
found this product when I was weaning my kittens; I think
it would have made life a lot easier.
Directions: mix three parts water to one part
powder for the first few days. The, as kittens grow, decrease
the amount of water mixed with powder until it's an oatmeal
to all kitten food:
Gradually add some canned food to the gruel, and some pieces of
unsoaked dry food, reducing the amount of kitten formula until
you have eliminated it. You can continue to feed the kittens a
mixture of canned and dry kitten food until they are six months
of age. I used IAMs dry kitten food and IAMs regular canned, mixed
together. I fed them all they could consume in twenty minutes,
three times a day, until they were six months old. Then I fed
them twice a day, all they could eat (within reason, since some
kittens become little bottomless pits). Around nine months, I
switched to adult cat food, and started bringing their food consumption
down to that of adult cats. Some combinations of food brands may
cause constipation or diarrhea, if that occurs, you'll have to
experiment a bit more. I have had good luck feeding the
above IAMs combination to kittens.