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Homemade Kitten Formula – Top 5 Easy and Important Kitten Formulas For Emergencies

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Kittens are darling little animals that require extra special attention, care, and love. When adopting a kitten at the appropriate age (6-8 weeks), caring for you kittens is fairly easy;

you just need to make sure that her environment is safe, that she knows where the litter box is, and that she is eating food that is appropriate for her. (formula, soft food, or dry, hard cat food) Keeping a safe environment means making sure that your kitten cannot jump out of any windows (2nd story and above) by having window screens.

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Homemade Formula #1

1 quart whole goat’s milk
1 teaspoon light Karo syrup
1 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt (goat’s milk preferred)
1 egg yolk
Knox unflavored gelatin:

  • Newborn to 1 week — 1 pkg of Knox
  • 2nd week — 1 1/2 – 2 pkgs of Knox
  • 3rd week — 2 1/2 – 3 pkgs of Knox
  • 4th week — 4 pkgs of Knox

Put goat’s milk in saucepan, add gelatin in the amount above depending on the kitten’s age. Heat goat’s milk/gelatin mixture just until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat. Mix in remaining ingredients and refrigerate. It will keep up to one week. Heat until the formula is nearly warm, check the temperature, then test a few drops of milk on your wrist first. It should feel just a little warm or even cool, not too warm or hot. It is not recommended to use a microwave. Once it passes the skin temperature test, you are ready to feed kittens.

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Homemade Formula #2 (for emergencies)

8 ounces homogenized whole milk
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon salad oil
1 drop liquid pediatric vitamins (optional)

Mix well and warm before using. Keep refrigerated.

Emergency Formula #3 (for emergencies)

1 part boiled water to 5 parts evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon bone meal per 16 oz fluid

Mix well and warm before using. Keep refrigerated.

Emergency Formula #4 (for emergencies)

1 can evaporated milk
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons Karo syrup
1 drop liquid pediatric vitamins (optional)

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Mix all three well and kept in tightly sealed jar in the fridge. At feeding time mix 1/2 of the estimated feeding amount with an equal amount of boiling water. (Once a day, mix 1 drop of human infant liquid vitamins in each kitties formula.) Always test temperature on your wrist before feeding. The combination temperature of the boiling water and chilled formula should be just about right.

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Making sure there are no plants that are poisonous to cats in your home, making sure there are no poisonous substances within your kitten’s reaches, ensuring that there are no dangling strings and things that your kitten could hang herself on

And making sure that there are no tiny, sharp objects on the ground that your kitten may swallow. However, if you have a kitten that is younger than 6 weeks old, you will need to know how to properly care for you kitten in the absence of her mother.

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Finding stray kittens

Finding feral, “stray”, kittens can be exciting, but there are many things that you will need to know about trapping and caring for your found kittens. When you first sight kittens in your backyard, step back for a moment and make sure Mom is not still around and just hiding from you.

If you see the Mom cat nearby, DO NOT DISTURB THE KITTENS and let Mom take care of them herself. It is especially crucial for newborn kittens to receive the nutrion fromMom’s milk during the first couple of days of their lives. Many kittens will not survive if separated from Mom during the first week of their life.

Put some food and water out for Mom, so she can devote herself to her babies. Contact your local Humane Society or a Feral Cat Rescue Group for help and information on how to trap a feral cat family. Remember – Mom and her babies need to be spay/ neutered to avoid creating a new feral cat colony in your neighborhood. Home at Last provides more information about feral cats and what to do with them.

Determine the age of the kitten to see if he or she needs to be bottle-fed or can start immediately on soft food:
Eyes closed, ears folded over – kitten is 1 – 14 days old
Eyes are open, kitten moves around but is wobbly – 2 – 3 weeks old
Eyes are open, ears up, can walk around – 3 – 4 weeks old
Running around and is difficult or impossible to catch – 4 – 8 weeks old or older.
1 – 3 weeks old – will need to be bottle-fed.
3 weeks and older – can be offered soft food, but may need to be bottle-fed

If the kitten is cold, warm her slowly by holding her against your bare skin, which will allow her to absorb your body’s heat (if you are outside, your armpit makes a great incubator).

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Cold is the greatest danger to kittens. DO NOT submerge the kitten in water or use any method that will warm her temperature too quickly. Because she is not able to generate her own heat, wrapping the kitten in a blanket or towel is not sufficient.

The kitten must get her heat from you. DO NOT feed a cold kitten. Wait until her body heat is approximately 90+ degrees Fahrenheit. See section below regarding feeding instructions.

Make a kitten box. Put a heating pad in a box big enough to accommodate the heating pad and an area that is not covered by the heating pad. Kittens will crawl toward the heat when they are cold and away from the heat when they are warm.

If they do not have an area where they can get away from the heat, they can become dehydrated and die. Turn the heating pad on LOW and cover it with a towel. Never let the kitten lie directly on the pad. Place the box in a warm and draft-free area.

Do not bathe the kitten unless absolutely necessary. If the kitten appears to need a bath, her body temperature must be normal, 90+ degrees Fahrenheit. Flea combing is best if the kitten has fleas. 

(If the kitten must be bathed, use small amount of Lemon Joy. The citrus kills fleas and is safe for kittens. Flea shampoos are too harsh for kittens.) After towel drying the kitten as much as possible return the kitten to the heating pad. NEVER use a hair dryer.

  • Heating pad
  • Kitten Milk formula or replacement
  • Hot water bottle (must be wrapped in towel)
  • Feeding bottle and several nipples
  • Eye dropper or syringe (without needle)
  • Several bath towels for bedding and cleaning kittens
  • Scale for weighing kittens (optional)
  • Rectal thermometer (kittens normal temperature is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Have Emergency Vet Clinic number handy.(Ask if they have experience with orphaned kittens)
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Feeding Instructions

KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) or Just Born are the best formulas to feed a neonatal kitten. Do not give a kitten cow’s milk, except in an emergency. If you cannot obtain KMR immediately, use the following emergency recipe for up to 24 hours only. In an emergency, call, a veterinarian, or check a local pet store for kitten formulas. Visit for humane societies in your area.


2/3 cup homogenized whole milk
3 raw egg yolks
1 tablespoon corn oil
1 dropper pediatric liquid vitamins

Warm the formula in a nursing bottle or medicine dropper by placing the bottle or dropper into a cup or bowl of hot water.

Test the formula on the underside of your wrist to check the temperature. If it feels too warm or too cold on your wrist, it will feel the same for the kitten. If the formula is too hot, wait until the formula cools down. If the formula is too cold, continue soaking the bottle or dropper in hot water. Always be sure to test the formula again before giving it to the kitten.

Place the kitten on her stomach at a 45-degree angle (just as a kitten would nurse from the mother) and let her nurse until she turns her head. Do not hold the kitten’s head back, and do not hold her on her back as you would a human baby, because the kitten could aspirate formula into her lungs.

Avoid getting air into the kitten’s tummy by holding the bottle at an angle to keep liquid toward the nipple. Pulling back slightly on the bottle will help trigger the kitten’s sucking reflex. Never squeeze the bottle to force milk to come out. Do not panic if the kitten does not eat the first day. She may be more accustomed to her mothers’ milk, which is quite rich, and can sustain her for a longer time than replacement formulas.

(If she is still not eating after 24 hours, seek veterinary assistance immediately. She may need to be force fed through a tube. Never attempt tube feeding yourself if you are unfamiliar with this procedure. If done improperly, esophageal or stomach damage, and even death can result.)

 Important: After the kitten’s stomach is full, it is necessary to stimulate her to help her eliminate. A kitten does not have the ability to do this until they are three weeks old. 

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Stimulate by taking a wet, lukewarm, but not hot, washcloth or paper towel and gently massage the anal region in a small circular or back-and-forth motion. You may want to hold kitten over a towel or sink while stimulating her.

Some Alternatives to Nursing Bottle

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Finding a kitten nursing bottle in a pinch isn’t easy. More especially if the kitten you happen to rescue from the streets is already starving.

If the starving kitten cannot wait any longer, there’s no need to risk your time by going to the grocery store.

There are other household items that you can use as alternatives to nursing bottles.

An eye dropper would do the trick. A syringe without the needle can also do a great job.

Feed the kitten with homemade kitten formula using any of these alternatives. Drop the milk into the kitty’s mouth one drop at a time.

They should consume 1 ml of milk every 2 hours, and it’s highly recommended not to exceed this amount.

That would give you enough time to run to the nearest pet store to buy milk replacement formula and appropriate nursing bottles.

Sterilize newly-bought bottles and nipples by washing them thoroughly with water before using.

After using, rewash them with water using a soft-brush to rinse away the residue. Soak the bottle and the nipple in warm water for further sanitation.

How to Feed Kittens

How Much ? When ? Bottle feeding of kitten

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Rescued or orphaned kittens have to survive without a mother, so it’s up to us to lend a helping hand.

Make sure to shake the formula well before feeding the kitten to prevent lumps from obstructing the nipples.

With the kitten’s head upright, keep it on its belly and let it suck the bottle nipple. After each feeding, make sure that the kitty burps after.

You can help it burp by holding its body to your chest with its head elevated. Using your fingertips, gently tap its back until it finally burps.

At three weeks of age, you can start training your kitty to lap up milk from a saucer. However, don’t expect your pet to get the hang of it from the get-go.

It will take some time before your kitty learns to ditch its milk bottle for a saucer. However, it will eventually get there.


Homemade kitten formula

During the first week, feed it around 1 ml of formula milk every 2 hours. Increase the dosage by 0.5 ml each day so by the second week; you should be giving approximately 6 ml.

On its third week, reduce the frequency of feeding and do it once every 4 hours. You can gradually introduce soft kitten food alongside their formula milk.

Formula milk is still essential for kittens three weeks and beyond because they need crucial nutrients required for growth and development.

However, it would be best if you stopped giving formula milk during the seventh week. They should be weaned at eight weeks of age.

What Not to Add Into Homemade Formula for Kittens

Homemade kitten formula

Many pet owners can’t help but raised an eyebrow at the idea of using egg yolks in homemade kitten formula. However, is it safe?

There are certain conditions in choosing the type of eggs to use. As much as possible, make sure that you’re using free-range eggs and not the factory-farmed ones.

Factory-farmed eggs came from chickens that are kept in cages and fed with pesticide-contaminated grains.

Moreover, worse, these chickens may also receive antibiotics and hormones. Naturally, these elements can adversely affect the eggs.

On the other hand, free-range eggs came from pasture-raised chickens that are fed with organically-grown grains without antibiotics or hormones.

To ensure the safety of your kitty, only choose free-range eggs. More importantly, avoid giving egg whites as these contain a protein called avidin that interferes with the absorption of vitamins.

As a flavor enhancer, Karo syrup is the best fit for homemade kitten formula as it also helps with constipation.

Avoid using honey as a natural sweetener because it contains botulism pores that release a toxin that can poison cats.


Now you can quickly prepare homemade kitten formula to be used on emergencies where you can’t obtain commercial ones.

However, let us remind you again that these should only serve as temporary remedies in the absence of milk replacement powder.

You can just use these alternatives until you can purchase the real deal from a pet store.

How about a human infant formula? Can you use this milk as a substitute?

Human infant formula milk is formulated for a human baby. Kittens are entirely different from humans.

We don’t recommend using human infant milk to kittens, not even as a temporary substitute.

There’s a high chance that your kitty might experience upset tummy and diarrhea with a formula intended for human babies.

Follow the simple recipes presented earlier and use these to help ease the hunger of a starving kitten.

Feeding and taking care of an orphaned kitten is indeed a challenging task. However, you’ll realize that every effort you’ve done is all worth it.

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