Updated ‘Kitten Feeding Schedule & Growth Chart’

Kitten Feeding Schedule & Growth Chart

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DO NOT USE COW MILK

Never feed a kitten cow’s milk or human baby formula as this causes stomach upset and severe diarrhea. If a kitten is already dehydrated, this could prove fatal. This includes condensed/evaporated canned cow’s milk

On Crete Baby Cat Milk’ is available from vets & comes with a bottle & spare teats. It costs @€22 per can (3 sachets) & usually it takes 2-3 cans for a litter of 4.

If you can’t get hold of cat milk use this solution until you can:

Oral rehydration Solution

The recipe is as follows:

  • Boil 2 cups of water;
  • Add 5 teaspoons of sugar and stir until it dissolves;
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and stir until it dissolves; and
  • Allow the mixture to cool. It must be warm, but not hot.

The solution must be refrigerated. Warm it before serving. Only use for a maximum of 24 hours.

Birth to 1 week: Feed every 3 hours (8 feedings per day)

From 1 to 3 weeks: Feed every 4 hours (6 feedings per day)

From 3 to 4 weeks: Feed every 5 hours (5 feedings a day)

From 4 to 5 weeks: Feed four to five times a day.

Total Formula required per day divided into number of feeds per day

Birth to 1 week: 24cc

1 week: 32ml

2 weeks: 54ml

3 weeks: 80ml

4 weeks: 104ml

5 weeks: 128ml

Weight chart

Birth weight approx. 100 grams

Day 3 – 5 approx. 130 – 150 grams/umbilical cord falls off

Day 9 – 12 approx. 210 grams/eyes and ears will open

14 days approx. 230 grams/starts strolling about a little

16 days approx. 265 grams/starts cleaning itself and playing

21 days approx. 325 grams/starts to walk

25 days approx. 360 grams/first teeth coming through

28 days approx. 400 grams/rest of the milk teeth are coming through/1st deworming with Panacure/start litter box training

5 weeks approx. 480 grams/becoming housetrained, can run pretty well

6 weeks approx. 540 grams/no longer need for bottle-feeding / has all milk teeth/can go without mother’s milk and can eat independently/2nd deworming

8 weeks approx. 600 – 700 grams/1st vaccination (ask for vaccination passport !!)/3rd deworming

10 weeks approx. 850 grams

12 weeks approx. 1000 – 1100 grams/2nd vaccination

 

Kittens should gain >10 grams per day

 

Rev.1.2  24/08/2013