What To Feed An Orphan Kitten

What To Feed An Orphan KittenThere are times when your cat or very young kitten may need a special food that is easily digestible, very nourishing, high in calories and palatable to encourage appetite. These special instances may include:
1. A cat that is ill, weak or won't eat
2. Orphaned kittens
3. A large litter that needs supplementing
4. A cat of any age that needs extra energy and calories for any reason
Kitten Glop is a suitable feed mixture for healthy kittens and is also good for lactating queens. Most recipes refer to American brand names and there are several different recipes to be found on the internet.
Here are the generic terms and some alternatives.

* 1 sachet of unflavoured gelatine
* water per gelatine package directions (approx 12 oz)
* 1 12 oz can whole evaporated milk (not skimmed)
* 3 tablespoons plain yogurt (not low fat)
* 3 teaspoons clear corn syrup
* 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
* 1 or 2 raw egg yolks (optional) do not use the whites


Boil the water and mix in gelatine powder. Add the other ingredients in the following order, mixing well after each addition: half of the canned milk, corn syrup (if used), mayonnaise + yogurt, egg yolk (if used), remainder of the canned milk. Use either an egg beater or a blender set to low speed. Serve the glop at room temperature or slightly warmed since the kittens will be used to warm milk. Warming the mixture makes it more pungent and therefore more appetizing. Do not pour back unused portions into the stored mix as it may introduce contaminants. Glop sets into a jelly when refrigerated. It can either be stored in the fridge in a covered container for up to 2 weeks or frozen into individual portions in ice cube trays and defrosted as needed. Freezing it is very convenient, but it must be properly thawed before serving as cold food will cause stomach upsets in young kittens.
Canned goat's milk is a good alternative as it reduces the likelihood of lactose intolerance problems. Sheep's milk is higher in fat.  Some recipes use 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons plain yogurt and omit the syrup entirely Do not use any egg white in the mixture, it can prevent other nutrients from being digested. Kitty vitamins and/or acidophilus are sometimes added. Only add vitamins if the diet is deficient in them - vitamins can be dangerous in too high and vitamin imbalances affect development.
Place the Glop into a Syringe (between a 12 cc - a 35 cc size) and attach a small teat to the tip, and bottle feed this as milk or added to the milk. Glop is widely used by breeders worldwide.


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