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Weaning a Bottle Fed Kitten

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When you have needed to bottle feed a kitten, introducing new food may not be very interesting to it. This is a guide about weaning a bottle fed kitten.
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November 4, 20140 found this helpful

Our kitten is about 6 weeks old and we have tried introducing food other than formula to him with no success. We have tried kitten canned food and kitten chow both with formula drizzled over to entice him with no success. We can't even get him to drink his formula from anything other than his bottle. The only thing he did seem to like was heavy cream on my finger tip, but just would only lick it a few times. He had no interest in lapping that up from a saucer afterwards. All methods were tried when we thought he was hungry enough to eat on his own.

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October 4, 20150 found this helpful

Years ago, we had a kitten like this one that you have and we weaned him off of the bottle with Gerber Baby Foods 'The Meat flavored' types. Pumpkin's favorite was the ham flavored, then the beef and lastly the chicken [he never acquired a taste for the lamb]. WE even wrote to the Gerber company telling them about our 'nine pound baby' & requested coupons from them as the jars each ran around $1.00 each and Pumpkin had to have 'breakfast and supper' (2 jars) a day. We also had a small bowl of Purina Kitten Chow there for him BUT he mostly just stuck with eating the jarred baby food meats.

Of course the Gerber Baby Food Company suggested that we not feed our kitten [now a grown cat] their baby food as their jarred foods did not have the nutrients and vitamins that cats need... but they did send a few coupons for us to use.

Needless to say, Pumpkin stayed around for nearly 6 years - met his death out on our street by a car... It was a sad day to say the least.

Perhaps you could try the jarred baby food meats too OR cook down some store bought on sale meat and after running it through a blender you could jar it up yourself keeping it in the refrigerator until used within the week of fixing it.

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Thank you for bringing back wonderful memories to me that are over 20 years old... this old woman still has a special place in her heart for this little fellow named 'Pumpkin' and I am glad I could share the story with you...

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