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Weaning onto Solids

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by sjreilly72, Jul 24, 2009.


  1. sjreilly72

    sjreilly72 PetForums Member

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    I was just wondering when to start the kittens onto solids, well mushy solids.

    Can someone please advise as thet seem to be hungry all the time and Twink is getting a bit peeved to say the least. They are 4 weeks today.

    I have had them in a paddling pool for the last 10 days as a whelping box was just too expensive ! but they have now managed to get out of this now...oh the joys of kittens lol, I wouldn't swap them for the world and I am going to miss them so much when the go to there new homes.

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. ChinaBlue

    ChinaBlue PetForums VIP

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    You can start weaning now. Different people have different methods. I start them off on diluted evap for a day or two then I add a little cooked white fish or cooked chicken (finely chopped). You can just try them on Whiskas/Felix kitten food but make sure it is well mashed and add a little warm water to it. Alternately you can dry them on Royal Canin Babycat biscuits but again add some water to soften them.
     
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    sjreilly72 PetForums Member

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    Thanks ChinaBlue,

    By evap I am assuming you mean evaporated milk, the realy sweet stuff??

    Would you give both evap and kitten food , or just one of the two ?

    I will try and upload some photos of them in the "pool"

    Its just so nice to be back online...I live in Dartford and I lost all power for 72 HOURS SOLID....NOT FUN :eek:ut: espesh with a dark carpet and fairly dark kittens that wont stay in the "Pool":cursing:
     
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    Lol...either or! I started off with just diluted evap and then after a day or two I mushed up a pouch of Whiskas/Felix kitten and added some diluted evap to it....kittens enjoyed it...didn't look that appetitising though!
     
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    the really sweet stuff is condensed milk!!!
    i start around 3/4 weeks on mashed up kitten pouches,either whiskas or hilife,also royal canin baby cat biscuits,soaked at first the after a couple of weeks,dry:)
     
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    sjreilly72 PetForums Member

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    Thank you for all your replies I have tried the evaporated milk diluted and they love it ,problem is so does Twinkle lol, so when she is around they don't get a look in. I have been doing this for a couple of days now So I will now try the mashed up kittten food and evap.
    How many times a day should I be doing this as I don't want to over feed them?? or Let Twink think she is no longer required !!
     
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    Remember to add some litter trays to the pool! :)
     
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    I would give them a plate between them say four times a day and as they get bigger increase the quantity and start cutting back on the evap after a couple of days - it is just to introduce them to the food. I also once I have stopped putting the evap on just add a tablespoon or two of warm water to the kitten food just to ensure they are getting enough liquid. Give it a week or so and you could try to sprinkle a few kitten biscuits in with the wet food.
    The diluted evap should be okay for mum too - shouldn't upset her stomach like ordinary milk. It's fine if she eats the kitten food as she still needs all those extra calories etc the kitten food gives for a few weeks yet.

    As Mellowma says - you should start litter training too. About 10 minutes after they have eaten start putting them into the litter tray; you will probably do this several times before they get the idea!
     
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