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Few moments will be as crucial to a feline's healthy development as its early "childhood." A baby cat needs to get the nutrients it needs to strengthen your immune system and prepare your body for adulthood. Naturally, breast milk would be the ideal food to meet the nutritional needs of a puppy cat. But, ¿what do we do if we find a kitten that, unfortunately, could not be breastfed by its mother?
Thinking about it, AnimalWised invites you to know 6 homemade recipes for baby cats. If you rescued or adopted a puppy cat and want to provide it with balanced and natural nutrition, you will be able to find, in this new article, simple and inexpensive options to prepare formula and weaning formula for your new companion.. ¿Can you come with us?You may also be interested in: Homemade cat food - Fish recipe Index
- Can Cats Drink Cow's Milk?
- Formula for baby cats: 3 homemade recipes
- How much milk does a puppy cat need to consume?
- 3 homemade weaning porridge recipes for baby cats
Can Cats Drink Cow's Milk?
Many people wonder if cats can drink cow's milk or if this food would be harmful to their health. In fact, lactose gained a certain "bad name" in recent years, with the increasing number of diagnoses of intolerance in humans. But, ¿lactose really hurts the digestive system of animals?
The digestive system of mammals changes as animals develop and acquire new nutritional needs and, consequently, different eating habits. During the lactation period (when they are breastfed by the mother), mammals produce a large amount of an enzyme called lactase, whose function is to digest the lactose in breast milk. But when it reaches the weaning period, the production of this enzyme decreases progressively, preparing the animal's body for the food transition (stop consuming mother's milk and start feeding on its own).
Now, the mother's milk of a cat has a different composition than that of a cow, and generally has a lower concentration of lactose. Therefore, when we make homemade formula for our kittens, we must use preferably lactose-free cow's milk or goat milk (which also naturally has a lower lactose value).
And adult cats, ¿can they continue to consume milk? While some cats can continue to produce the enzyme lactase in doses sufficient to digest small portions of ingested milk, most can develop symptoms associated with lactose intolerance. Therefore, it is best to adapt the adult cat's diet to its natural nutritional needs, and for this we can choose a varied diet that includes balanced feed, wet food and homemade recipes..
Formula for baby cats: 3 homemade recipes
If you have already consulted your trusted veterinarian and found out that your new kitten has not yet passed the weaning stage, you will have to artificially supply the nutrients that mother's milk would naturally offer. The most practical option would be to turn to commercial formula, which can be found in most pet stores and veterinary clinics. However, you can prepare your kitten a very nutritious and natural homemade formula with inexpensive and easy-to-find ingredients..
Recipe 1: 4 ingredients
This recipe for baby cats is the most suitable for nourishing your little ones. To make it, you will need the following ingredients:
- 250 ml lactose-free whole milk
- 15 ml of heavy cream (preferably 40% fat)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon of honey (glucose can be used, but honey is more recommended)
Recipe 2: 3 ingredients
Unlike the first recipe, this option is made with goat's milk, which is naturally more digestible for kittens (and also for dog puppies). You will need the following ingredients:
- 250 ml of goat's milk
- 150 ml Greek yogurt (if you can find lactose-free the better)
- 1 egg yolk
Recipe 3: 5 ingredients (suitable for kittens with malnutrition)
Many times, a rescued kitten that was not breastfed may become malnourished, making her even more vulnerable immune system. This recipe for highly energetic formula for baby cats is indicated to quickly reverse this condition, but it is important to consult your veterinarian to avoid side effects derived from excessive protein and fat intake..
- 200 ml of whole milk without lactose
- 25 ml of heavy cream (preferably 40% fat)
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ tablespoon of honey
- 10g butter
- 15 g of calcium caseinate (which is already isolated milk protein)
Preparation of the three recipes
The elaboration of the 3 recipes consists, first, in Mix well all the ingredients until obtaining a milk with a slightly thickened consistency and a more yellowish color than normal. Then, we recommend heating the formula in a bain-marie, until reaching a temperature around 37 ºC. And then, you can offer it to your kitten with the help of a sterile syringe or nipple..
You can prepare the formula for your kittens 1 or 2 days before feeding, and keep it in the refrigerator (maximum of 48 hours, at an average temperature of 4 ºC). We also recommend that you consult our tips on how to feed your kitten, to help you keep them well fed and healthy during their first weeks of life..
How much milk does a puppy cat need to consume?
The amount of milk ingested will depend on the daily energy requirement of each kitten, and this changes as the baby cat grows and gains body weight. The estimate is 20 kcal daily per 100 g body weight.
If their mother breastfed them, the kittens would absorb the milk in small amounts and could take up to 20 feedings a day. At each feeding, a kitten usually consumes 10 to 20 ml of milk, despite the fact that its stomach capacity can support up to 50 ml. In the interval between feedings, kittens digest milk and absorb nutrients.
When offering homemade formula to your kitten, you should do it several times a day, respecting its moment of rest and digestion. It is recommended to provide 6 to 8 daily intakes, with 3-5 hour intervals between them. It is very important to maintain regularity in feeding your kitten, and never leave it without eating for more than 6 hours. And remember that the kittens should also be fed at night and early in the morning..
Sudden dietary changes, excess milk, and excessive space between feedings can cause stress symptoms in cats, such as diarrhea and vomiting..
3 homemade weaning porridge recipes for baby cats
It is common to hear about weaning as a moment, but in reality it is a process that all mammals experience. And it is not only a dietary change, but also a preparation for adult life, where the animal must be able to become independent from its mother to survive on its own. This is why it is so important respect the weaning age when choosing to bring a new pet into your home.
If a kitten develops alongside its mother and is suckled, the curiosity inherent in his instinct leads him to want to experience the female's food. This usually happens from the first month of the animal's life, when the teeth begin to grow.
When your little companion reaches his 25 or 30 days of life, you can begin to present him the solid food, but in the form of porridge to facilitate his chewing and later digestion. Here are 3 homemade recipes to keep your kitten well fed during its childhood:
Recipe 1: homemade baby formula and balanced feed
- 1 cup of balanced food for baby cats
- 1 cup of warm homemade formula
This porridge recipe is an excellent option to gradually accustom our kitten to the flavor of the commercial feed that he will consume during his childhood, and to guarantee the proportions of adequate nutrients for his healthy growth..
To prepare it, we must heat the formula in a water bath and later, pour it over the solid feed. We let it rest for a few minutes so that the food softens, and we blend the mixture until obtaining a porridge. Ideally, offer the kitten the porridge at room temperature or something warm.
We must remember to gradually introduce solid food into our kitten's routine. At the beginning, we can substitute 1 serving for the porridge, and then gradually increase its intake, until it occupies 100% of its daily diet. And it is important to consult your trusted veterinarian before including any new food in your pets' diet..
Recipe 2: homemade turkey (or chicken) porridge with carrot
- 150 g of turkey breast (you can also use chicken)
- 1 carrot
- enough water to boil food
This is another simple and practical recipe for baby cats that you can prepare your kitten to complement his diet and introduce him to solid food. To prepare the porridge, you must first boil the breast well turkey (or chicken) and also the carrot. When the food is tender, just blend it until it forms a porridge. Remember to let it cool before offering it to your kitten.
Recipe 3: homemade chicken liver porridge
- 200 g chicken liver
- water in quantity necessary to boil and give consistency
This recipe for porridge for puppy cats can also be adapted to make a delicious homemade paté for your cat. The basic difference is in the amount of water we put in to achieve the consistency we want. To get a porridge, we must boil the livers in plenty of water until well cooked. Then, we let them cool for 10 minutes to be able to liquefy them together with 100 ml of the warm water that remained like a broth after cooking. Remember to let the porridge cool before offering it to your little furry.
If we want to achieve a consistent pate, we must simply drain the livers well after boiling them, and press them with a fork, or pass them through the food processor.
To discover more homemade and exquisite recipes using the fish meat that our cats love so much, be sure to read our article "Homemade cat food - Fish recipes ". And if you also have a homemade recipe that you want to share with us and our readers, ¡leave us your comment!