How much kitten formula per day?

Introduction

Here is a chart showing the amount of kitten formula you should feed a kitten per day but these must be guidelines only and I would strongly recommend that you discuss the matter with your veterinarian rather than taking these numbers as gospel. Although the source is excellent and therefore the figures are very reliable but there is no substitute for consulting your veterinarian if in doubt.


Formula requirement for kittens.
Formula requirement for kittens. Source as per the chart.
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People ask how much kitten formula you should feed your kitten per day. I have relied upon an excellent source to provide an answer. I am completely reliant upon the authors of the book Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook.

Pleas take note of the following. The label on the kitten formula should be read carefully because the composition of commercial milk replacement is similar but maybe slightly different and therefore the exact amount required may vary dependent upon the product use.

In order to calculate the amount of formula to feed a kitten you have to weigh the kitten to then determine how much formula to give per day. The figure should be divided by the number of feedings in that day. For example, a 13 ounce kitten, four weeks of age, requires 104 cc of emergency formula per day given in three feedings. Therefore you divide 104 by 3 to make 35 cubic centimetres per feeding. “cc” means cubic centimeters.

If a kitten is dehydrated and chills they should be rehydrated before feeding kitten formula and they should be fed with warmed glucose and water solution at five percent to 10 percent glucose at the rate of four cubic centimetres per feeding every 1 to 2 hours until they are warm and well hydrated. You then begin using the formula as stated on this page.

Emergency  formula
Emergency formula. Photo: PoC.

If a kitten is unable to feed sufficiently per the chart the number of feedings should be increased so that he or she gets the listed number of calories per day. A well fed kitten has a full-looking abdomen but one which is not tense or distended. The milk may bubble from her lips when nursing a bottle. Kittens should not be overfed because it can produce diarrhoea.

To check that all is well; if the kitten does not cry too much or gains weight and feels firm to the touch and has a stool which is light brown four or five times daily it is likely that the kitten is eating enough and her nutritional needs are being met.

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