Hi everyone! I can’t believe we are already in the month of May yet here we are. In this month’s Newsletter, I would like to discuss Bottle Feeding Newborn Puppies/Kittens
Since we are in spring and these little furbabies are going to be born, I thought it would be helpful for you in case you had a little one that needed to be bottle fed.
Sometimes the mom, unfortunately, will wind up dead or the mom my reject or abandon these little guys. This is when you will need to step in and become their surrogate mom. But sometimes they may be too weak to nurse by themselves. These are usually the runts.
This can happen especially if there is a large litter of puppies or kittens born and the stronger ones will most often push the weak fragile one out of the way so they can nurse.
I guess you could say this is just the law of nature. “The strong will survive” and the “weak ones” will too if they have a mom like you to bottle feed them.
There is no need for the panic mode to set in, cause I have got you covered. By the time you finish my newsletter, you are going to be a pro at bottle feeding these furbabies should the need ever arise. I promise!😉
First of all, I am going to start off with the supplies you will need for puppies and then I will get to the supplies for kittens.
Supplies for Newborn Puppies
The first thing I recommend for you to do is talk to your Veterinarian. They can give you lots of advice on how to hand feed a puppy. Then make sure you get puppy milk that meets all the nutritional needs of a growing newborn.
Much like our breastfeeding newborn human babies, these little furballs will need to be fed every 2-3 hours in the daytime from the time you get up until you go to bed. Keeping this schedule will make during the night feedings less likely.
As the pups get older you can decrease the frequency of the feeding times. By the time a puppy is 3-4 weeks old and they start chewing on the bottle nipples, then you can start offering a high quality canned puppy food mixed with the supplemental puppy milk.
Once your little one is eating food and drinking water good then you can wean them from the bottle and offer a hi-quality dry food that meets the pups nutritional needs.
As we all know moms milk is the better choice for the pup because it has the colostrum that is very beneficial for the newborn puppy. The colostrum has the antibodies that help build the pups immune system up so they are less likely to get sick.
So, if at all possible try and let the pup nurse on the mom for the first 24-32 hours. If not then the puppy supplement milk will do.
Let’s look at a list of items you will need:
- Puppy Milk (powdered or premixed form)
- Nursing kit for newborn puppies
- Several nursing bottles with several nipples
Make sure that you hold the pup face down in your lap while feeding. Never turn them on their backs as they could get chocked or breath the milk into their lungs and this could cause pneumonia and lead to the pups demise.
After the feeding place, the pup on your shoulder and gently pat or rub the back to burp them.
FYI: Make sure to heat the milk up using warm water and you can check the warmness using the inside of your wrist. Just put a few drops on the inside of your wrist to make sure it’s not to warm then let the pup nurse until they are full. Keep the pup warm and full so that you both will be happy!
Now let’s move on to bottle feeding newborn kittens.
Supplies for Newborn Kittens
Now as with the newborn puppies I highly suggest that you speak with your Veterinarian. They can give you lots of good advice on bottle feeding a newborn kitten.
Then you will need to purchase kitten milk that will meet all of the furbabies nutritional needs of a growing newborn kitty. These little ones will need to be fed every 2-3 hours staring first thing in the morning until you go to bed at night.
If you stick with this feeding schedule then it should eliminate the need for feedings during the night. Your little one should sleep through the night and wouldn’t that be awesome?
Of course, the mama cat’s milk is best because like the newborn pups they need that colostrum to build their immune systems up so they will be less likely to get sick.
If this is not possible then talk with your Veterinarian about other possible options to obtaining this life-saving serum. One option would be to get injections that would be obtained from a healthy adult cat that has been vaccinated.
You will need to bottle feed the kitten for 2-3 weeks, once they reach 4 weeks you can usually start them on a high-quality kitten food that has been mixed with a little kitten formula and pureed.
When the kitten starts eating and drinking water well, then you can offer some dry kitten food that is of high quality and stop with the bottle feeding.
Let’s look at the supplies you will need: (Click on the links for more information)
- Kitten Milk (powdered or premixed form)
- Nursing kit for newborn kittens
- Several nursing bottles with several nipples
Make sure that you hold the pup face down in your lap while feeding. Never turn them on their backs as they could get chocked or breath the milk into their lungs and this could cause pneumonia and lead to the kitten’s demise.
FYI: Make sure to heat the milk up using warm water and you can check the warmness using the inside of your wrist. Just put a few drops on the inside of your wrist to make sure it’s not to warm then let the kitten nurse until they are full. Keep the kitten warm and full so that you both will be happy!
Other Advice You Need to Know
Once you have bottle fed your newborn puppy or newborn kitten, you will need to stimulate them to pee and poop. No worries this is not difficult to do.
You will need to do this after each feeding by dampening a soft cloth with warm water and wiping their gentile area opening and their anal area and you can use the same cloth to clean them up after they have pottied.
This will stimulate them much the same way their mom would have done.
Your little furbabies should stay with you (or their mom) and their brothers and sisters until they are at least 8 weeks old.
My Final Thoughts
I know this sounds like a big responsibility that’s because it is! But that little furbaby would be so rotten and the bond that you two would share, let’s just say…AWESOME!
Remember you will need:
- Newborn puppy/newborn kitten formula
- Nursing bottle kit
- Extra bottles and nipples
I appreciate you stopping by and reading my newsletter on Bottle Feeding Newborn Puppies/Kittens. My hope is that you found my information very helpful and that you would have no problems bottle feeding either one of these furbabies should the need arise.
Have any questions or concerns? No worries, you can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to get back to you in 24 hours.
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See ya again real soon,