How to Make and Use Kitten Supplement Formula

Emergency Food for Newborn Kittens and Convalescent Cats

Bottle Feeding Kitten Elle
Bottle Feeding Kitten Elle. Photo Credit: © JW

What Is Kitty Glop?

Kitten supplement formula, popularly known as "Kitty Glop" among breeders, is easy-to-eat food 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.

Why Would Kittens Need Kitty Glop?

When kittens are born, they are tiny and helpless.

Under normal circumstances, this is not a problem: they are cared for and fed by their mothers. Mothers' milk provides kittens with all the nutrition they need for the first month of life.

  • Often, however, challenges arise that make mother's milk unavailable. For example:
  • The mother cat may be killed or may abandon her litter;
  • The litter may be too large for the mother to handle;
  • The mother may reject one or more kittens because they are too small or weak;
  • The mother may be ill.

When mother's milk is not available, a kitten will die unless it is fed by a human being. Because they are so tiny, very young kittens don't have the ability to eat solid food -- and they need very specific nutrition to thrive.

Older cats may need kitty glop for a variety of reasons including poor health and dental issues.

How Do Humans Feed Kitty Glop to Tiny Kittens?

Often, feeders use special baby bottles to feed kittens supplemental formula.

Other methods include syringe feeding (especially if the kitten won't take the bottle easily) or feeding with a spoon (which is quite tricky). Warm formula should be offered every 3-4 hours until the kitten begins to wean to solid food.

How Can I Make My Own Kitty Glop?

Some recipes call for canned goat's milk; if you have it readily available it's fine, otherwise canned evaporated 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.

  • 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, acidophilus, 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 acidophilus 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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