Kittens under the age of 1 month only need to drink milk directly from the mother. Giving any form of food is still not very recommended at this age. However, if it turns out the mother is not able to breastfeed her child. Then we can replace that role by giving special formula milk directly to the kitten. Especially feeding kitten with bottle.
1. Preparing Equipment
Try to feeding kitten with bottle and pacifiers specifically for kittens. A special bottle with an opening on it to regulate the flow of milk to the kitten’s mouth from a pacifier or a special cat bottle like the picture above is also no problem. Pacifiers are also thin and long, very suitable for the kitten’s mouth and allow the kitten to suck too from its mother.
But if it turns out the device is not available, other options can use a syringe or eyedropper. We can use both to drip milk into the cat’s mouth. The drawback of this tool, namely kittens can not suck it.
2. Sterilize Equipment
Remember to always maintain the stability of our kitten’s tableware. Washing it is not enough, we need to use a sterilizer with steam or soak all the equipment using the sterilizing liquid.
3. Make Milk for Kittens
Two types of cat formula milk are commonly sold on the market. Namely liquid formula milk and powdered formula milk. Always follow the measurements and instructions for use in the formula milk packaging to get the right milk for thickness. Milk that is too runny has a nutrient content. That is too low whereas milk that is too thick will make the kitten’s stomach hurt.
Make milk only every time it will be given to kittens. Milk does not contain preservatives so that it will not last long. In addition, kittens are still very vulnerable to bacteria that can contaminate milk.
Try to keep the temperature of the formula milk we make can still be tolerated by our kittens, neither hot nor cold. The indicator can be a little dripping on the back of our hands if it fits then the temperature will feel the same as the temperature of our skin.
4. Check Body Temperature
Make sure the kitten’s body temperature is warm before giving milk. This is because the kitten’s digestive rate is very dependent on its body temperature. Cold body temperature will slow down the rate of digestion and make milk ferment in the kitten’s stomach and this will affect its health later.
Naturally, the kitten’s body temperature is always awake warm because when drinking milk from its mother. The kitten will lie tightly with the body of the mother. Which tends to heat. Ideally, the kitten’s body temperature is in the range of 35.5 – 37.7 degrees Celsius.
5. Start to Give Milk
When giving milk to the kitten we try to sit in a comfortable chair with a soft base in the lap. Make the kitten’s position the same as when it was breastfeeding with the mother namely: head held high, belly leaning, and legs under.
Drop formula milk from the syringe or pacifier tip and thrust it into the kitten’s mouth. Most likely, the kitten will smell milk and will try to reach for the pacifier with its mouth. After the kitten reaches for the pacifier, its instinct will make it start sucking later.
The important thing to note is the position of the kitten. Always make sure your kitten is leaning during nursing and her head is not raised. A raised head is at risk of making milk inhale into the lungs and cause severe pain for kittens or even death.
During the process of feeding kitten with bottle, always pay attention to our kitten. And make sure no milk enters through the nose and the stomach does not enlarge. This is a sign that our kitten is full, but he is not aware of it. Remember, don’t give too much milk.