28 April, 2011 at 11:27 pm #659332
Kitten poop is mustard yellow at first, and since they’re only on formula, not solids yet, it’s not going to be all that solid itself. Once they start on solids mixed into their formula (you can try this at four weeks), their poop will still be yellowy but begin to get more like toothpaste consistency.29 April, 2011 at 12:12 am #659333
Runty has been getting around 2ml every 2 hours, I try the bottle at first but she doesn’t accept it so I use the syringe. I will give her some sugar syrup today and see how she goes after that.
When should I start on the solid mix? What sorts of solids should I mix in? My dog is a crazy vegan (he turned his nose up at meat when I was fostering him when he was a and he had my heart) so I am not really sure what to feed them… When do they go onto biscuits?29 April, 2011 at 12:22 am #659334
If Runty has been getting 2 ml every 2 hours, that’s pretty good, she probably doesn’t need the sugar syrup unless you’re trying to get extra calories into her. There is a supplement called Nutri-cal which you can also give her.
You can try weaning at four weeks (obviously the sooner, the less work for you ) but some just aren’t having any at that age, it all depends on the kittens. I had some that were chewing raw meat quite happily at four weeks, others that refused anything but milk till around 8 weeks. But they all come to it in the end, cats just like to do things in their own time.
I wouldn’t advise biscuits, they tend to be a bit dehydrating, but if you do want to feed them, you must also always have fresh clean water available for the cats. I would start with a good quality wet kitten food (Royal Canin mousse is apparently irresistible) and drizzle it with KMR on a wide flat dish. They will probably walk in it but that’s okay, weaning is always messy. If they turn their little noses up, just keep trying until one day they’ll discover it’s actually yummy and much more filling than milk. But it may take a while. Some people do it the other way and mix a little bit of wet food into the KMR so they are sucking a sort of wet gruel. Whatever works is good.
I wouldn’t advise trying a vegan or vegetarian diet on a cat and they also need many more (and more complex) nutrients than dogs, so it is important to feed them properly29 April, 2011 at 2:00 am #659335
That video is precious!!!! I’m so glad they’re all doing well… especially the little runt They may be little now, but watch out, before you know it they’ll be getting into loads of trouble29 April, 2011 at 3:17 am #659336
Unlike Dogs, Cat’s are carnivores and need the meat.29 April, 2011 at 4:19 am #659337
Ladysky – I didn’t say I was going to not feed them meat, I just asked what sort of foods should I feed them as meat is not really my forte…
Kaitlyn – golly gee, I can’t even imagine what they will be like in a week. Already they are trying to crawl out of their box and stressing me out!
Jcat – is there a good site for home made cat foods? I like to use fresh produce when it comes to my other animals, lots of fruits and vegies, so I would like to do the same with the cats whether it be mince beef or fish… And maybe just supplement anything that I can’t recreate with a powder..29 April, 2011 at 6:05 am #659338
CT, I wish I could help but I just don’t know enough about Australian foods, There is a good quality firm here who do several types of raw minced meat for cats (pure beef, beef and heart, steak and kidney, veal), in the supermarkets, and I just scoop out about 200 grams for my cats for their evening meal. I give them raw chicken livers once or twice a week (no more because they’re too rich in vitamin A). BUT I also give them a good quality wet food every morning out of a pouch or tin because they also need lots of trace elements and other nutrients and I know they won’t get that from my just feeding them minced raw meat. In the wild they would also be getting small bones (for calcium — not so important for grown cats but very important for developing kittens) and the ‘green’ lining of the stomach of small herbivores, and they should get sardines or similar for omega oils, etc etc and that all just gets a bit too complicated for me.
However, if you do want to go the whole raw feeding hog, with ground-in bone etc etc, there are apparently good discussion groups on Catster where people will be happy to advise you. I’m sure there must be good discussion groups in Australia too.
The only bad thing is that it wouldn’t be particularly pleasant for a vegetarian (I’m semi-veg). But feeding mine half wet food and half raw seems to work quite well so far (touch wood).
But I’ve no doubt someone in Oz is doing good raw foods or providing information for those who want to. I’d start with Catster and get googling! (To get to Catster, click on one of our avatar photos and you’ll find our Catster pages for our cats.)29 April, 2011 at 11:43 pm #659339
Awesome, Ill check out Catster. Thanks!
Btw, I took them back to the vet yesterday afternoon to get the antibiotics and it turns out there is no cat flu yet, just some weird sneezing. so YAY! And their feeds are MASSIVE now! I had one kitty at their 8am feed take 28ml!!!! They are all averaging around 14ml every 3 hours now. Little chuggers!
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