Will Milk Replacement for Puppies Work for Cats?,Milk Formula for Kittens ?
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Lets First Discuss about Will Milk Replacement for Puppies Work for Cats?
During their first four weeks of life, kittens are dependent on mother’s milk or milk replacement.
Meow. Hear that? Your kitten is hungry, but his mother isn’t around: He needs milk replacement. (Meow.) There’s leftover puppy milk replacement in cupboard — maybe that’ll work? Nope. Cat nutritional requirements are quite different than dogs. (Meow.) Puppy products help in a pinch but shouldn’t become staples.
Kittens are Not Puppies
Mother’s milk is a kitten’s best feeding option but isn’t always available. Two scenarios include orphaned or separated kittens and sick mothers, whose milk can harm kittens.
Designed to mimic the vitamin, mineral, fat, protein and carbohydrate content of mother’s milk, milk replacement products can help. They’re species-specific, though, and should only be used as labeled.
Unlike dogs, cats are obligate carnivores, and their nutritional needs reflect this dietary constraint. It’s probably safe for cats to lap up puppy milk replacement in small amounts, but it won’t contain the proper nutritional balance necessary for proper development. Avoid it altogether.
Kittens typically suckle at their mother’s teats for the first seven to nine weeks of their lives. If mother’s milk isn’t available, this is same window during which you should feed kittens milk replacement.
Kittens typically need 20 to 25 calories for every 100 grams of body weight. Use calorie and serving size information on milk replacement packaging to figure out appropriate feeding amounts. Newborn kittens typically feed every couple of hours.
Start feeding your cat supplemental kitten food four weeks after birth. This is a transitional period when mother’s milk is no longer sufficient in and of itself, according to the National Academies’ National Research Council. It’s also about the time the weaning process begins. Treat milk replacement-fed cats similarly.
Milk from lactating cats is significantly different than other animals.
Cat milk has 10.8 percent fat, 10.6 percent protein and 3.7 percent sugar, according to University of Illinois figures. Dogs, pigs, cows and humans each have lower total percentages in each category, except for sugar, where cats are the lowest.
Dog’s milk is the closest to cat’s milk, but has much less protein, at 7.5 percent. It also has about twice the concentration of iron as cat’s milk.
Milk replacements likely reflect these compositions. Even the proper species-specific milk replacement isn’t a perfect substitute for mother’s milk. Problems associated with such products include small, focal cataracts from deficiencies in vitamins or amino acids that resolve after weaning and slower growth rate because of lack of enzymes necessary for fat digestion.
Read milk replacement labels thoroughly before feeding your kitten.
Some products are intended as total replacements for mother’s milk, but others are supposed to be supplemental. Check for additives like colostrum, a protein-rich mammary gland secretion crucial to immune system development, and taurine, an amino acid crucial to heart and eye development.
Milk replacement comes in liquid and powder forms. Once opened or reconstituted, they need to refrigerated, but should be warmed before feeding.
Only feed kittens milk replacement intended for cats. Ask your veterinarian about proper feeding technique.
Cow’s milk is sometimes used in kitten milk replacements (and puppy products). Although they’re designed to meet kitten’s nutritional needs, avoid these products.
Milk Formula for Puppies & Kittens ?
Sometimes a mother cat or dog can’t produce enough milk to feed her babies. Sometimes kittens or puppies are abandoned by their mothers or orphaned. With any of these scenarios, milk formulas especially made for kittens or puppies can save these babies and give them a chance at life.
You can buy commercial kitten or puppy milk replacement formulas at pet stores, or your vet might sell it. Your vet can also tell you which type of formula is best for the puppy or kitten at its particular stage of development. Tiny babies need different formulas than those who are a few weeks old. Don’t try to feed kittens or puppies formula designed for human babies or cow’s milk. It will make them sick. When you mix up milk replacement formula, just use enough that will be used in 24 hours. If your little charges don’t finish all of it, throw it out and mix up a fresh batch for the next day.
While commercial formulas include all the nutrients needed for babies, there might be times when you just can’t get to the store in time to purchase them. Odds are that if you find an abandoned kitten or puppy, it will be on a weekend evening when stores are closed and the baby needs immediate nourishment. One veterinarian recommendation for emergency kitten formula contains goat’s milk. However, most people aren’t likely to have goat’s milk on hand, so canned evaporated cow’s milk will have to do in a pinch. If you’ve got a four-ounce can of evaporated milk, mix with four-ounces of boiled water, a tablespoon of regular mayonnaise, a teaspoon of corn syrup and a fish oil capsule. For temporary puppy feeding, use one cup of whole milk, two eggs, a tablespoon of salad oil and a liquid multi-vitamin, mixed together in a blender.
Mixing up the formula is the easy part. Feeding requires a huge time commitment. Your vet will advise you on how often to feed the babies, but it can be as often as every two hours with newborns. You’ll also have to burp puppies after they’ve eaten, and softly stroke the kitten’s or puppy’s genital area to stimulate urination and defecation. A mom cat or dog does this by licking the babies. Your vet can provider you with nursing bottles. Until you get to the vet, try using an eyedropper.
Once the babies reach the age of 3 weeks, start mixing small amounts of oatmeal in with the formula. By this time, you can also start feeding babies out of bowls rather than with nursing bottles. It’s important to weigh kittens and puppies daily to make sure they aren’t losing weight. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, “High-pitched, constant crying or inactivity with an accompanying weak sucking reflex are advanced indications that the nursing puppy or kitten is malnourished.” Also check the babies’ feces regularly (not that you can avoid this) to make sure they don’t have diarrhea.
There’s no substitute for real mother’s milk. Ask your vet if she knows of any nursing canine or feline moms who might accept the babies. You can also check with local rescue groups, who might have a nursing mom and babies on hand. Moms won’t always accept a strange baby, but if they do it not only give the puppy or kitten proper nourishment but they learn social skills from their new littermates.
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