How to Syringe Feed a Newborn Kitten

How to Syringe Feed a Newborn Kitten

If you found a motherless kitten, you’re going to need to know how to bottle feed them But for newborn kittens under 10 days old Bottle feeding can be a real challenge and you might want to try syringe feeding In this video I’m going to show you how to safely feed a newborn orphan kitten using a syringe There are several different strategies for feeding orphan kittens But my preference is to feed the tiniest kittens under 10 days old with a syringe Boomba is less than a week old and you can tell because his eyes are closed His ears are folded and very small, and he still has an umbilical cord So for kittens like these, when their eyes are still closed I prefer to feed them by syringe As they get a little bit older, I prefer to feed them with a bottle When you’re using a bottle like this It’s a little harder to measure exactly how much the kittens eating if they’re tiny Because the quantities are so large on the bottle This is more appropriate for a bigger kitten This is a 3cc oral syringe, you can see that there’s no needle on the end of it Just a tip that can slip into their mouth My strong preference is to use a 3cc syringe with a miracle nipple Reason that I love this product is because it’s really comfortable for their tiny mouths You can see the difference So this is much more comfortable when they’re a really small neonate And it just pops right on the end of your syringe The other great thing about this product is that it has a tiny hole in the end of it So you know exactly how fast the flow is going to come out versus these nipples that don’t have a hole in them that you have to cut So this is a much safer bet for getting a nice slow and steady flow Into a very tiny kitten and for being able to measure it You can see on here the quantities are so much easier to measure, this is only 3cc So this is a good meal for a kitten under a week old So make sure that you keep a feeding chart handy. Keeping a feeding chart is going to help you understand What their weight should be for their age and about how much they should be eating Of course it’s going to vary kitten to kitten, and it’s also going to vary meal to meal So you just want to make sure that they’re at least getting the minimum quantity That they should be getting for their age For a teeny teeny tiny kitten, that’s going to be only 2 milliliters so not even a full 3 CC syringe As they get closer to a week old it could actually be more like 6 milliliters of feeding Which would be two of these syringes At every week kittens are going to need a different quantity in a different interval So before they reach one week old, you’re going to be feeding them every two hours including overnight As they get older the frequency decreases So you’re able to get a little bit more sleep get a little bit more done in between And they eat more and more each time You’re going to need to purchase a kitten formula such as one of the formulas pictured here You can buy these at a pet supply store, a feed store or online They come in Powders and liquids, and I personally recommend the powders Make sure that you do not feed kittens anything that you just have in your fridge So don’t feed them cow’s milk condensed milk almond milk human baby formula I hear all the time people feeding kittens whatever they can find at home Or special recipes they found online This is so dangerous for them because if it goes through their body And they can’t digest it, t’s going to come out as diarrhea It’s going to manifest in all sorts of horrible ways that can actually kill the kitten So rather than put your kitten at risk by making a home remedy or using something you have in your fridge You really do want to use a kitten formula You also want to be careful not to buy something that says “cat milk” If something says “cat milk” on it, it is meant as a supplemental treat for an adult cat That’s not the same thing as kitten formula Make sure you pick up something that says “Kitten formula” on it So you can get formula and a powder or in a liquid I really prefer the powder because it lasts a really long time, you just pop it in your fridge Or you can even store it in your freezer and it’ll last a really long time Follow the instructions on the back of it.
For this it’s going to be a ratio of Two parts water to one part powder What I prefer to do is to mix it in a blender bottle.
A blender bottle is a smoothy bottle That is actually made for people who do like protein shakes and stuff like that I certainly am not one of those people, but I do own a lot of blender bottle It makes it so that you can make a really smooth mix of formula that has no clumps at all If it has clumps it’s going to clog the nipple and make it so that it’s very frustrating for them and they can’t get it out Make sure you’re using really warm water You don’t want it to be too hot and you don’t want it to be too cold Just something that’s very comfortable to the touch All right, make sure it’s nice and tight and then shake it up You’re going to end up with a formula that is nice and warm, it’s made fresh and it is clump free What you don’t want to do is mix a whole jug of this stuff and say; “Great now I can use it over and over again for the next month” You want to make it fresh at least every one to two feedings Take your syringe and dip it into your fresh formula and And pull up the formula so that is 3cc of warm fresh kitten formula Anytime that I make formula I just test a little drop of it on my wrist to make sure that it’s comfortable for me if it makes you go: “Ah!” Because it’s too cold or too hot, that it’s not the right temperature When you’re preparing to feed these guys you want to make sure That their bodies are the right temperature These guys are living in this little container with a heating Pad So they are nice and warm If the kitten is too cold or is too hot it can actually be dangerous to feed them So if you suspect that a kitten is too cold or too hot You want to gently and slowly get their body to a comfortably warm temperature before you feed them So I’ve got 3cc of formula pulled up in a syringe And I’m going to gently introduce the miracle nipple into his mouth Make sure that when you’re feeding kittens, you’re feeding them in the correct posture One thing that you want to make sure you do, is that you feed them in a position that’s natural to them A natural position for a kitten eating from their mother Would be with their belly down either laying down or sitting up like this But with their belly facing the ground When human babies eat, we often feed them on their back like this But for a kitten that’s extremely dangerous, so you would never ever want to feed them in that manner When a kittens suckling their tongue is going to kind of form a little taco shape around the nipple And they’ll be actively engaged in swallowing the formula I can feel that with my finger on his throat, and I can watch him swallowing So you want to feed with your dominant hand So that you can be very intentional About how slowly you’re compressing the syringe and your non-dominant hand will be holding them in place With the Belly down their head up And you can actually hold their head where you want them, put your finger on their throat And this is a really safe and comfortable way to feed And even if you have to do it one drop at a time that’s better than filling them, too quickly So this is a team effort He is swallowing, he’s actively engaged And I’m also helping apply just a little bit of pressure Equal to how quickly he’s swallowing Be very careful when your syringe feeding a kitten Especially if they are under a week old These little guys are more vulnerable than any kitten you’ll ever meet Because they don’t have a gag reflex yet They can’t control their body temperature So it’s really important to you to get this right if you’re working with them at this age So you want to go really slowly with these guys You can see how slowly I’m compressing this And I’m doing it at her speed So my fingers on her throat I can feel that she’s swallowing I can watch to see that she’s suckling I’m an active participant in her eating I’m watching her, I’m feeling for her swallowing So sometimes you’re going to introduce the nipple to the kittens mouth And they’re going to have no idea what you’re trying to do And that’s pretty normal You know, this might be the first time they’ve ever bottle fed So you want to be patient with them you have got to exercise patience This is absolutely a labor of love So one issue I see with people who are new to bottle feeding Is that they’re kind of afraid to really hold the kitten in position You can see this kitten is so young he really isn’t even holding his head up yet What I recommend is putting your hands on either side of their head And really helping direct them where you want them to go So if you’re not able to get these kittens to latch That’s okay The most important thing is that they are swallowing and that you’re doing it really slowly So even if you can’t get that nice latch the first time You still want to get a meal in them as long as they are swallowing So put your finger on their throat nd then just Very, very slowly drop by drop Give them a little bit of formula and see if they’re swallowing it If they’re not swallowing There’s probably something more severe going on, you’re going to want to get them to a veterinarian You never want to feed a kitten that cannot swallow Some kittens might prefer to eat out of the side of their mouth This is not ideal, but if that’s the way you can get some food in them Just make sure that they are actually swallowing it And do it super super slowly You absolutely cannot go slowly enough while syringe feeding Another thing that can happen is that your kitten can be really squirmy Or not sure what to do So one thing you can do is barbershop them or purrito them To help keep their head really steady when you’re feeding them Kittens will often tell you if they’re done eating So you can try to offer them more But you never want to forcefully shove formula into their mouths So if she starts to turn her head away, as long as she’s had a proper meal I’m okay with stopping So she had two and a half milliliters Which is on the small side for a meal, but for her, she’s a pretty small kitten so it’s okay And in two hours she’ll have a chance to eat more If they get a lot of formula on their face You’re going to want to make sure that you wipe their face down with a baby wipe Kittens can very easily get formula crusted all around their mouth And what happens is it’s really uncomfortable for them If it dries it can actually cause their hair to fall out around their face So you want to make sure you help keep them nice and clean Wiping down their face also helps teach them some of those good grooming behaviors That they would usually get from their mom licking them As soon as they [are] done eating you want to put them immediately back into their warm space When they’re this young you’re not really playing with them. You’re not letting them run around They really should just be sleeping, eating and peeing and pooping and that’s about it Good luck and don’t give up! Syringe feeding is an art form and it does take practice But be patient and you’ll be a pro in no time You can learn more about orphaned kittens care by subscribing to my YouTube channel Or checking out my website 🐱

Comments (100)

  1. Typically ppl in an emergency situation where they can’t get kitten formula will research alternatives online. Sticking to the situation I just gave, what do u say to that? To someone in a pinch? Surely u don’t want to let it starve until the next day when stores open.

  2. My cat can’t Produce milk she just had kittens an hour ago idk what to do

  3. i watch this video because i just found a 4 motherless kitten on the bush that about to die. but suddenly they die, im so late to feed them, 1 like 1 prayer for the kittens please.

    sorry for my grammar if it disturb you

  4. Thank you for this informing and interesting video. I found it well done, and quite understandable, which is the most important part. You have a good teaching style that makes learning something vital entertaining and enjoyable. I have a lot of experience with cats and birds and various small animals. I like getting them to spend time with other species and share lunches. It fills my heart with gladness to have this precious information so easy to access. So many beautiful little lives will be saved because you posted this. Thanks again, and may blessings rain upon you.This is the only one of your videos i have seen, but i subscribed based on the fact that you are wonderful.

  5. Please tell me what i can feed. Cow milk is ok ?

  6. This is most helpful for me, I'm kinda far away from city so this is really good value for me

  7. I feed it is best idea

  8. what kind of milk? i have newborn kitten today

  9. We recently got a kitten who was maybe less than two weeks old his eye were still closed . maybe I should say my dog found the kitten. Bennie went out just before bed time . It was pouring down rain when he cam back on the deck he had the kitten in his mouth he did not hurt the wet kitten at first Larry thought it was a baby squirrel. I went to check there he was laying on the deck curled up by a chair leg. Dried him off warped him in a cloth and put this baby in my shirt to help warm him. I did not think he would make it. a couple of week later his eyes are open and eating very well. (KMR ) He is a fighter. and a screamer when he is hungry. I was so surprised when my dog brought him to the deck unhurt, as he does
    not like cat much. If he had not rescued the kitten his fate would not have been great. One of his litter mate was found in the yard next door, an animal had killed that baby, If anyone knows of a good healthy kitten food Please email me. The kitten is now pooping by him self we have been using puppy pads which he is using he does not soil is bedding. We are so taken with this kitten Oh!! we call him Trouble Maybe we should call him Lucky


  10. I found a kitten l did what you do to make her urinate or pooping but nothing happens ?please help me

  11. is goat's milk okay??

  12. I can't get that milk you say in my country, heck i can't even find the thing you put on a syringe. What can I do? I only have normal little calory milk

  13. Kitten via syring

  14. What if I can’t get hold of kitten formula immediately? Can you offer a supplement that I may have at home?

  15. I have a kitten that won’t eat from mother or take a bottle to feed and I’m worried it’s going to die what should I do? Please help

  16. You can feed them goats milk but my best recommendation if human breastmilk…ask around for a new momma if she would express a small amount for you to use for your kitten.

  17. Can i give water??

  18. What to give milk or suppliment?

  19. my kittens does not want to suckel pls help and they keep meowing like very slowly pls pls pls help anyone tell me what to do because i dont have kitten formula and the maricle nipple I only have cows milk so pls anyone help me i dont want them to die on me pls anyone

  20. My cat gave birth to 6 babys and two are still alive when they continue 3 days she dies ( which is today ) and now we are bottel feeding them

  21. I have a 2 day old. Feeding is a struggle. I didn't know they had nipples for syringes. I'm afraid I'll push too fast cause it's not very easy. And a bottle is out of the question. A lady advised me to get Nurse All for 9 species of small animals. Is this product ok for kittens? Please help! This is my first time doing this. I found baby outside my back door.

  22. Fukin hell I used the wrong syringe

  23. Aw hell ours gonna die

  24. Have a question… If Mummy cat is able to feed can we still boost the milk that the little ones are getting?

  25. Currently fostering two babies we found on the road during a really awful thunderstorm. Poor guys were covered in mud and bugs. They're on the mend, thanks for your help!

  26. My kitten just turned 4 days old today and I am really having a hard time to breastfeed my kitten using a babyrone (?) he moves a lot. I already tried the proper positioning of breastfeeding but he really moves a lot! ? he drinks small amount of milk. What should i do? PLEASE HELP ME! I AM PANICKING EVERYTIME I BREASTFEED HIM ??

  27. Hey, my 34 h kitten does not eat, I tried to put his mouth at his mother nipple but he cant find it, even when it is right in there. He seems like he is trying to find it but keep messing and climping his mom instead. He had 6 sipling. What should I do.

  28. I dont have a miracle nipple but i do have a syringe. How can i use just the syringe?

  29. Kitten lady marry me ???

  30. What if my kitten sucks really fast that I’m not even pushing the syringe

  31. Where to find that kind of little nipple?

  32. I love ur kittens btw kitten lady who's ur favorite kitten (mines all of them)

  33. I got six kittens 3 weeks ago. Thanks for the video.

  34. Where can I buy that miracle nipple. My kids bring home a baby kitten about a week old

  35. my miracle nipple wont stay on syringe. now what?

  36. This was so helpful! First time to rescue a kitten (or even have a cat and i dont know what to do!) haha thank you! ♥️

  37. Hi maam… my kitten is 8 weeks old n not drinking enough of replacer milk… what can be done??

  38. Where do I get this filler

  39. I have an emergency I recently found newborn kitties. Few hours born the mother abandon them. 3 already died i only have one left. I don't have anything for them its already midnight and all stores are closed. Is there something i can do for them.

  40. I feel like I'm gonna need to know this soon, my brothers cat recently had kids and only today she's been trying to move them to his shelf. No matter how many times we tell her not to and put her back in her box with them, she still keeps putting them back when we aren't looking…help?

  41. I think we killed one by not feeding her belly down.

  42. i am writting under every video my kitty is 2 weeks old and i neeed help

  43. Help! I am fostering kittens that are under a week old. My runt is SUPER FUSSY and will not remain still for syringe feeding. He has not gained weight in 2 days and I am worried he's not eating enough because he keeps moving his head and fussing. I swaddle him in a soft microfiber towel and its only helped during 1 feeding. Please please help with tips to get him to eat more!

  44. Using this and your vids as a guide to hopefully have this 2 day old kitten we found outside alone to well survive

  45. I give the new born kitten bears milk.
    (Bear brand)

  46. My kitten wasn't drinking milk and I try your skill and now he is drinking all of his milk

  47. My cats(3) get pregnant every time after having a litter and they abandon them and it’s happens 5 times already, and I feel bad for the litter cause they never get a chance at life and I wanna save them and give them that chance, for some reason it’s just an instinct to wanna help animals small to big ones,,, plus my dream is to be a veterinarian so I feel like it’s important to to wanna save animal nmw

  48. Thank you so much for this video. I was following along with you, feeding a 3 day old orphan kitten that someone turned into our local shelter. You answered all my questions…barber shopping to get him to stay still enough to syringe feed. I don’t have the nipple yet, just ordered one. So we are having to use a plain syringe for now. He fights me every step of the way. I pray I am getting enough food into him!

  49. Where u buy the miracle nipple? I cannot find it in online. ?

  50. A stray cat gave birth in our house and abandoned her one kitten. Mom said she had four but left one, i cant believe it. The kitten is just 3 days old. How am I gonna make this lil fella live??

  51. Who's watching in 2019?

  52. This video saved my mental health lol I was on the border of craziness not knowing how to properly feed my baby xD

  53. What’s the correct temperature for a newborn kitten?

  54. Best instruction video for kitten feeding, thank you so much!

  55. I personally don't like tattoos, specially . for some one as beautiful as you are, but that tels me that you are in a point of your life when you can do whatever pleases you

  56. hey.. i need help! i have a two week old kitty and i dont have kitty milk what are the other alternatives?

  57. Interesting. I have an extra shaker since I use the other two. Time to feed the kitten I found hiding above lawn mower blades. The mother hasn't came back

  58. What is the name of your electric kitten blanket?  Kitten is full of air in its lungs, so how do I get rid of it?

  59. I use the syringe but I dont have the needle thing and when I fed it the cat like drowning

  60. my 3 beautiful kitten passed away this week :'( his mother won't feed them

  61. If you are here because you find a kitten on your backyard hit the like button

  62. Omg my cat just had her babies and she just doesn't care ???

  63. is it ok if i slightly miss the feeding time?
    or just slightly miss anything?

  64. I got my new born cat for free cuz I found 2 in my back yard and later the cat killed the newborn but only 1survived and watched this

  65. Hello from Spain!! I love your videos! They’re helping me so much with my baby kitten. He’s 10 days now and he’s been feeding from a bottle, but I’ve just change to a syringe to control him better, and he doesn’t need my help with the syringe, he sucks so hard on the miracle nipple that the formula just goes down without my help.
    He’s been sneezing lately, but the vet says he’s fine, he doesn’t have any liquid on his lungs or any inflammation on his nose. This is why I changed from the bottle to the syringe, so I can control everything much better.

    Thank you for your videos!! ??

  66. I wonder how much that kittens milk

  67. Is that cart in the book?

  68. why is my cat resisting:,(

  69. I have taken the responsibility of nursing(?) an abandoned kitten and so far feeding her has been the hardest for me cause i can never get the syringe in her mouth for more than like 3 seconds

    Edit: Jesus this helped a lot thank you so much

  70. 1) Can you use the same syringe every time (after washing ofc) also do I just rinse it or use dish soap??
    2) can i use the same syringe for different kitties?? Or one syringe per kitty??

  71. This is amazing. Thank you. I’m in a small town. No miracle nipples. What else can I use?

  72. My kitty gave birth to her new kitten nad died…now what I have to do??????? my family is not supporting me and my nearest any farmecies doesn't have this tiny nipples??? god please save the kitten??? I beg you…plz save the kitten …that is so little and cute god plzzzzz??

  73. hi i have a kitten just a week old im in india and KMR is not available here,, Is Samolac -whinning milk same

  74. HELLLP. We have an approximately two week old orphaned baby who refuses to latch. We've been syringe feeding with the miracle nipple and while she's swallowing, she's just not latching to feed and turns her head away. She roots and kneads in the blankets and against us, but when to comes to eating, she's not cooperating. Any solutions?

  75. how much day after eay opening thankyou

  76. Can i feed without nipple part with syringe?

  77. Kitten Lady, hi, can you please tell me what is the nipple end you use for newborn kittens? Thank You

  78. My cat gave birth then died idk why rip

  79. Thx this helps sooo much! !!!

  80. I gave up on syringes. I could never get a steady flow. The syringe would stay stuck and I would apply more and more pressure…won't move. Then suddenly moves a bunch and squirts a bunch of formula which floods the kitten. I finally switched to a medicine dropper. Same size as the syringe and is marked in mL / teaspoons and I can control the flow much better.
    Maybe that nipple makes a difference in flow with a syringe. I've never heard of them before these videos.
    But even with my adult cats, if I have to dose them with olive oil or fiber water, I still use a medicine dropper.

  81. Can I feed my kitten with pet's milk?

  82. Kitten formula..bulshit…promo by animal food are falling in the trap. Feed them anything you find in your kitchen and the kitchen will just be fine.

  83. well i do not have kitten formula, not syringe not this tiny shit.just a 2 days hungry cat, that meows like fire alarm, i will mix 50:50 WATER AND COW MILK

  84. Your videos are super helpful! I’ve been caring for three newborn kittens (who’s mom abandoned).I found a rescue that’s going to take them but was confident in caring for them for the past 24 hours, thanks to you!

  85. Mines won’t drink- it’s also opening mouth but no sound is coming out and I tried putting the bottle in his mouth but he won’t drink. Help.

  86. Who came here for little cute kittens? just me?

  87. I found a sole new born abandoned in my backyard tonight. Will the mother come back for her or am now A Dad? I Dont Have Cat Milk Formula Will She Last Without Food for About 12 Hours( When Shops Open)? Cheers Great Vid Thankyou

  88. I have six abandon kittens and o don’t have any of the supplies for them

  89. I'm fostering kittens right now, is it normal for them to get super super sleepy after drinking? Like fall asleep right away?

  90. Found out my local TNR program is over capacity for fosters. I'm going to volunteer. Don't know how my current guy will take it, but they need homes and I can keep them separate.

  91. What about cow milk which didn't get temperature above body temperature (40 C) ?
    Funny part is people think if they can boil water they can heat milk with no problem as well. Milk is very complex substance, if you heat it you make milk toxic. You can drink it – you will get energy but you destroying your biology and you'll get sick.

  92. Can I buy the syringe at a pet store. My kitten won't take a bottle.

  93. Pls help me…
    I found a kitty and it's so small and its eyes aren't open,it eats well but it can't poo,what should i do???

  94. Where do you get the miracle nipple?

  95. Hi Kitten Lady, I could sure use some advice :O My Husbands co-workers located 2 Newborn Kittens trapped in a box that held a new washing machine in it, somehow the mom cat gave birth and the babies slid down the side and mom has abandoned the kittens due to not being able to get them out. The co-workers have been trying to syringe feed them today and carrying them around inside their shirts to warm them up – they appear to be about 1-2 days old…I have NEVER bottle fed or syringe fed kittens. I ordered the Formula you recommended but the miracle nipples won't arrive until tomorrow?? can you please advise me on how to keep these 2 babies alive and well. I reached out to all the Kitten Rescues in my area, they are full to capacity and won't assist me. So I am scrambling watching your videos and trying to figure things out.

  96. Its very useful thankyou

  97. My cat delivered 2 bavies n its earlier than the timings 1 kitten was born dead while the other is alive its has been 4 hrs its been born… the mom cat refused to feed the baby n there is no vet avaliable rn

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