Since Rose passed away, we've been pretty busy taking care of her four kittens. There were a lot of problems and all weekend we thought only one may pull through.
Now though, they are all eating on their own and doing wonderfully! It was a learning experience though, as everything from freezing to overheating and dehydration and low blood sugar were all issues we faced.
Because of this, I spent a lot of time online researching and figuring out what they needed to eat to get them healthy. I tried a lot of different things and recipes, but this is what I came up with that worked.
• 1 cup whole goats milk
• 1 cup of unflavored pedialyte
• 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatine
• 1 Beechnut stage 1 homestyle meat (beef, chicken, or turkey) baby food
• 1 egg yolk (no whites!)
• 2 teaspoons of light Kyro syrup
• 2 teaspoons of real mayonnaise
• 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt (not nonfat)
Mix everything together in a bowl. If you don't want to spend the time heating the pedialyte and milk for the gelatin, I've never had an issue with it solidifying.
Do be sure it's mixed incredibly well otherwise the heavier parts will sink to the bottom. I'd use a quality or blender!
It will need to set for a couple of hours before it's a good gel consistency. At that point, you can just scoop out however much you need and microwave it for about 30 seconds. If it didn't melt, stir it up and trying again in increments of 5 to 10 seconds.
Be sure that it isn't too hot before serving! If you can put a drop on the inside of your wrist and it hurts, it's too warm so allow it to cool before letting them eat.
Since our kittens have gotten better, I've started adding high quality kitten food to this mixture. You can do the same by adding enough, before putting it in the refrigerator, to cover the top of the container. This will make a crust when you scoop it out, but once warmed it's pretty mushy and easy to eat.
You can use other baby food, but be sure that it has only natural ingredients and absolutely no onions! Beechnut's that I mentioned only has the meat and broth.
Even though this smells horrible, it certainly got our kittens to eat! And speaking of, I need to go feed them!