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Bottle Feeding Kittens

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Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper technique for bottle feeding orphaned kittens, including how much to feed them and how to care for them after each feeding.

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Jamie Holms's picture

I really wish this was available to give to clients. This is an awesome resource.

CHEKO WATERS 's picture

I just bottled feed 5 kittens this past week,they were 4 days old so it was a bit more difficult,but once you get the hang of it everything seems easier.

Susan Shumanski's picture

loved this video, i got to have this experience with one of my cats. great bonding time for you and your pet.

Rachel Kinney's picture

Thanks guys! As you can imagine, this was my favorite video to make:) It is so rewarding! Jamie, I agree that having something like this available to clients would be great. It would probably aleviate some of those middle of the night calls!

Lisa Ensalaco's picture

This is a super video. I would add that they need help maintaining their body temperatures, especially without the warmth of a mother. And I would also add doing the perianal stimulation over a litter box ( I use a non clumping pine ) to help them associate the two and facilitate litter training.

Gilberto Banuelos's picture

How does one know if the defecation is normal? my kitten has been defecating and it worries me that i'm not sure if it could be an allergic reaction to the milk or if it's normal? can someone answer this?

Thank you!

Megan Brashear's picture

Hi Gilberto, kittens will normally have soft stool, but if you are at all concerned they should be examined by a veterinarian. Some kittens can have diarrhea from milk replacement, especially if the mix is too concentrated. Having an exam with the veterinarian will answer your questions best.