RECIPE FROM "SANDY'S
Infant Kitten Formula
1 can evaporated milk (or 1 can goat's milk)
1 cup Pedialyte (or generic equivalent) unflavored
1 whole egg
1 packet unflavored gelatin
1/2 teaspoon infant vitamins
Blend all ingredients together.
Heat small amounts in microwave to "wrist comfortable" temperature immediately before administering.
Store leftovers in refrigerator no longer than 72 hours.
Blend before serving each time.
To administer, use a syringe without needle or use a kitten feeding bottle. Start with small amounts and work up gradually as kitten grows. Administer once every two hours during first two weeks, every three during third week, every four during fourth week. During fourth week, start blending a small can of high quality ground kitten food into the mixture.
Popularly known as "Kitty Glop" among breeders, it is packed with nutrition for orphaned kittens, nursing mother cats and their babies, cats recuperating from illness and older cats who need nutritional supplementing.
Some recipes call for canned goats milk; if you have it readily available it's fine, otherwise canned evaporated cows' milk works well.¹ The recipe sets up to a gelatin-like consistency in the refrigerator, and can be stored there for up to two weeks. It can also be frozen in an ice tray for convenience in serving. To serve, warm to room temperature. Do not pour back unused portions into the mix.
12 ounces of water
1 envelope Knox Gelatin
1 (12 ounce) can of whole evaporated milk (not skim)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons plain yogurt, not nonfat
Boil the water, add the gelatin - stir well.
Add the following ingredients in order, mixing well after each addition:
1/2 of the canned milk
mayonnaise and yogurt
the rest of the milk
Variations include the addition of kitty vitamins, acidophalus, and/or pureed baby food meat such as lamb, chicken, or beef. I have seen variations with two egg yolks added, but I would caution against this, due to the risk of salmonella with raw eggs.
For very easy mixing, you can use a blender at low speed, but I also like a bowl with a wire whisk.
Many older cats have difficulty digesting cows' milk. The acidophalus may help with this, but you might want to try mixing a very small amount to test on your older kitty first.