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Kitten Supplement Formula

Emergency Food for Newborn Kittens and Convalescent Cats

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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 or who have difficulty eating because of dental or gum problems.

Some recipes call for canned goats milk; if you have it readily available it's fine, otherwise canned ¹evaporated cows' milk works well. 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.

  • 12oz of water
  • 1 envelope Knox Gelatin
  • 1 12oz 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.

¹Many 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.

 

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