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KITTEN MILK

Ingredients:

  • 13 ounces unflavored Pedialyte
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 8 ounces plain yogurt (1% milkfat NOT light)
  • 2-1/2 ounces lamb baby food 
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Karo white corn syrup

Preparation & Cooking

Put all ingredients into a blender and mix well.

Put milk into Nurse-Maid pet nursing bottle (found at Wal-Mart) and heat to lukewarm. Test on the inside of your wrist. Be sure to stir the milk in the container each time before you refill the bottle.

Put remaining milk into 8 ounce containers and freeze until needed. Two-week-old kittens will drink about 1/2 ounce every 4 hours. Four-week-old kittens will drink about 1 to 1-1/2 ounces every five hours.

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Note: Many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means that they cannot digest cow's milk properly and they get diarrhea or gastric upset when they drink it. 

According to the ASPCA, "Unless they are spoiled or moldy, milk, cheese and other dairy foods are not considered to be poisonous to pets. However, many pets’ digestive systems cannot tolerate dairy foods very well. This can result in vomiting and diarrhea, which in severe cases could lead to inflammation of the pancreas. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian before offering any “people food” to your pets."

One alternative is using lactose-free milk in recipes, which you can find in pet stores.  Whiskas makes a product called CATMILK.

For further reference, see: ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, Section on "People foods for pets"