Kittens aren't pooping regularly. Should we switch to goat milk?

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    Erik Ibarra
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    My wife and I adopted 2 kittens (Nia and Apollo) that she found at her work on Tuesday 4/4. One had not opened its eyes yet. They both have open eyes now. We have been feeding them powdered kitten formula regularly and they have no trouble eating or urinating, but we are having such a hard time getting them to poop. After eating and urinating, they are active and love to climb on us (while we are sitting down of course) and they both love belly rubs. We took them to the vet on Saturday morning, and while they said they don’t often see kittens this young, they seemed healthy. They also gave them a laxative to help them poop. We finally got them to poop Saturday night! However, it is now Wednesday and they haven’t pooped again. I’m curious if we should try adding a drop or two of olive oil to their formula, or if we should try switching to goats milk. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    #857984

    Kittyzee
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    I have found that when I used powdered kitten formula, my kittens get constipated. Adding a few drops of olive oil to their formula helps, but did not eliminate the problem entirely. When I hand reared my last kitten, I used goat’s milk almost the entire time. He had no problems like I have had before. It is stressful and worrisome to have kittens that don’t poop regularly, especially if their poop is dry and hard. I would recommend switching to goat’s milk–you will see the difference yourself and wonder why you waited so long! đŸ˜€

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    Devin Thomas
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    I have a cat thst is 4 years old now and we had the same problem at first. Goats milk works really good though, and my cat drinks it even now. Don’t use cow milk though unless u want direia.

    #858015

    Erik Ibarra
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    Our vet recommended that we add a little bit of pumpkin to their forumula since it’s high in fiber and should help them poop, so we’ve done that for their last couple feedings. My wife actually bought some liquid kitten formula so I think we may try using that, as I’ve read that it helps relieve constipation from the powder formula. Should I have any worries about switching from powder to liquid?

    #858023

    Kittyzee
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    No, I’ve done it when using the formula. Only problem I had was that it gave them loose stools–it worked the exact opposite of the powdered. Hopefully, it won’t be that way for you. The goat’s milk works like a dream, so don’t be afraid to try it. Keep us posted on their progress!

    Helping a kitten to eliminate

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