Can I feed my 4 week old kitten goats milk?

*NOTE I plan on getting all the kittens spayed and neutered as soon as they are 8 weeks old and the stray mom. A stray cat gave birth to a litter of 4 a 4 weeks ago. Me and my partner adopted the cat and kittens and have been taking care of them. Mom cat neglected the kittens and we have to encourage her to feed them by stroking or constantly sitting next to her. We have to do this for an hour at least 3 times a day. 3 of the kittens have matured fast and copy their mother by eating some wet food or nibbling dried food, maybe to help their teeth? However, one male kitten, the youngest and weakest of the litter isn’t quite as bright. He hasn’t been eating or drinking mom’s milk because she gets angry at him the most. He is very weak and I want to get him on warm goats milk fast but I need to know if it’s okay. I can’t find cat milk any where, no pet stores in my area sell it, obviously they aren’t as good as they claim to be. I’ve taken him to the vets today because he pooped blood over night they said he was okay just constapaited and I forgot to ask my vet about goats milk today. Also the kittens have teeth now and they bite moms nipples and she becomes uncomfortable and angry and unable to feed. Sorry I explained into detail, I just want you to understand the situation and why I plan on giving goats milk. Thank you for your help

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  • Goats milk is much better than cow’s milk for kittens, but not an ideal substitute for queen’s milk. If you don’t have access to kitten formula like KMR, you can certainly feed them goat’s milk but it will be better if you add some other ingredients like plain yoghurt, mayonaise (not some substitute like Miracle Whip – REAL mayonaise) gelatin, egg yolk and corn syrup, to make it more nutritious.

    Here are some recipes you can use: http://www.hdw-inc.com/glop.htm

    You’ll see that some of the recipes do actually call for goat’s milk. but if you try one of the other ones just substitute goat’s milk for evaporated milk

    (The “evaporated” cow milk in cans is better for them than cow’s milk the way it’s usually sold in bottles for human consumption — the evaporated kind seems less likely to cause diarrhea . . But goat’s milk would be preferable to either kind of cow milk. )

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    *NOTE I plan on getting all the kittens spayed and neutered as soon as they are 8 weeks old and the stray mom. A stray cat gave birth to a litter of 4 a 4 weeks ago. Me and my partner adopted the cat and kittens and have been taking care of them. Mom cat neglected the kittens and we have to…

  • Goat milk is fine for an emergency, but doesn’t have the nutrients the baby needs. Especially since he is weak, you want him to get the very best. Your vet will have the Kitten Milk Replacer, also most WalMarts have it (you can phone and ask).

    Another option is to contact a cat rescue or the Humane Society. They be able to tell you where to get KMR, and *might* even have a nursing mama cat who would be willing to adopt the little guy. (Though make sure he’s no longer pooping blood, since it could be a virus and you wouldn’t want to spread it to the other mama cat and her babies.)

  • The recipe I gave you was also from a vet. Evaporated milk is cow’s milk. I don’t think she said put both in the recipe. The milk in the jugs that we drink has stuff added to it and I wouldn’t give it my pups or kitties. Being 4 weeks old, it would be good to soak the dry food with the formula you mix up until it’s mush. The vanilla yoghurt has the needed sugar for energy.

  • I have kmr liquid milk. The kittens like it like they want to get another milk by using syringe to feed. In 3 days, i dont know why the 1st kitten died after messing black poop in the cage. The second kitten is okay but in a few days, his poop is going to be black. I dont know if the milk was wrong or i dont know if milk was okay to put in ref before feeding so that it wont be rotten.

  • Cats tend to be lactose intollerant which means that they cannot drink milk, however you can buy cat milk from the supermarket, but i’m pretty sure goats milk in small doses will not do any harm.

  • Yes, goat’s milk is a good substitute for kitten formula.

  • Is your kitten a baby cat or a baby goat?

    NO you can not feed your cat goat’s milk. Goats are entirely different species. Go to a vet and get substitute mother’s milk or to a store and buy some KMR.

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