Can i give this kitten human baby formula?

Question by MandiGurl M: Can i give this kitten human baby formula?
I have a newborn kitten that the mother has abandoned… I also have a baby that is 2 months old… can i give this kitten my human babys formula or does it have to be strictly kitten formula?

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Answer by yasd
my husband always makes a mixture of condensed milk and feeds it to the runt puppies when our boxer has a litter.

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24 Responses to “Can i give this kitten human baby formula?”

  1. Danielle B says:

    definately kitten formula. Human formula does not have the protien and other nutrients required for a kitten. Plus, unless your baby formula is lactose free, it would kill the kitten who is lactose intolerant.

  2. shadyfridge4 says:

    are you dumb? NO you cant give a kitten HUMAN baby formula. you’ll kill your kitten or make it very very sick. its a CAT not a baby. Give it KITTEN food.

  3. Elayne Trakand says:

    Strictly kitten formula. The nutrients in human milk and cat milk are not the same.

  4. blue2602001 says:

    Yes you can or goats milk

  5. Georgia Peach says:

    I gave a starved puppy baby formula just keep an eye out for diahrria then you may need to switch

  6. Jenna says:


    Cats need the kitten formula you can buy spacificly for them. They are not like humans, and humans and kittes have totally different health needs.

  7. annemarie c says:

    yes i have done it before my kitties were fine

  8. Nikki T says:

    No, do not give the baby baby formula, not even the soy kind. It can lead to diarrhea and dehydration. KMR (kitten milk replacer) is fairly inexpensive and can be found in most pet stores. Kittens may also have goats milk, but no cow or dairy products derived from cows.

    A great site for caring for abandon kittens: (feeding, warming etc)

  9. jelly says:

    I would advise against using baby formula for a newborn kitten. The kitten’s nutritional needs are vastly different from that of a human baby. Go to Walmart or a pet supply store and get kitten formula. She will need to be fed every few hours for the first week or so.

    In addition to providing food, you must also stimulate the kitten’s privates EVERY time you feed her. If not, she will not release urine or feces and her system will become poisoned with it’s own waste. This will cause a slow and very painful death for the kitten. Her mother would normally lick her and consume her waste to avoid the attention of predators. Luckily you do not have to do that. You must rub a wet washcloth very gently on her privates for a few minutes after every feeding.

    If you can’t commit to it, please take her to a shelter or a vet so she doesn’t suffer. They can provide quality food and attention if you are unable to do so.

  10. tierney a says:

    Go to your local pet store and they should have KMR Queens milk, that’s what you need to give the kitten.It’s very easy to make, get the powdered milk and mix it up.Depending on how old the kitten is it may need to be fed every 3-4 hours. Also when you start trying to feed the kitty solid food, first start of by mixing the KMR milk with wet cat food. Well, hope everything goes smoothly and good luck :)

  11. Chalice says:

    It needs to be kitten milk formula. Human and cat milk is vastly different in composition – human milk does not contain anywhere near the nutrients that a kitten will need. You can buy some from most decent pet stores, and vets usually stock them too.


  12. figmint77 says:

    Human baby formula does not have enough protien in it for kittens. Cats also require certain nutrients, such as taurine, that humans don’t for properly health and development. Definately go and get some KMR. I think WalMart carries it these days.

  13. kim h says:

    No. human baby food and our milk contains lactose which does not agree with cats at all.
    It gives them really runny poo and plays havac with their digestion.
    just feed them kitten food and kitten milk thats what its designed for.

  14. CAT LADY LOO says:

    No don’t give the newborn kitten human baby formula, the pet shops all sell the kitten formula. Also you will need a small kitten size bottle to feed it with, so you will need to take a trip to the pet store anyway.
    I wouldn’t advise giving the 2 month old human formula either, it should be eating kitten solid food now.
    Your best bet is go to the pet store and they will be able to provide everything you need for both kittens.

  15. baymast13 says:

    Never ever give cow’s milk or formula to a cat or kitten. They lack the enzyme to break down the lactose. I have raised orphaned kittens on KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement) and they did quite well, although I was frazzled before it was over, lol. They want to eat every few hours to start, around the clock! KMR is widely available, I have even seen it at Wal-mart!
    When the KMR is no longer keeping the kitten satisfied (probably around 3 weeks old), add a little baby rice cereal to it to make a thin gruel, and cut the nipple of the nurser a little to allow it to flow through. By week 4, you can start feeding the kitten from a shallow saucer, but be prepared to bathe her after every meal, and I recommend a towel or newspaper to cover the area you’re using. It will get messy, she’s going to walk through the food and everything, until she catches on. From there, you can introduce baby food (stick with meat, or meat and rice blends), and eventually canned kitten food. By week 6 or 7, she should be able to eat dry kitten food moistened with KMR or water. By week 8-10, she should be able to eat dry kitten food.
    Other points to know: Take her to a vet asap for a check-up (sometimes cats will abandon a kitten because something is wrong with it). The vet can then give you the schedule for vaccinations and worming. If you explain that you are raising an abandoned kitten, many vets will give you a break on the costs, or at least offer lots of helpful advice. Mine deducted the office visits and gave me some KMR and nursers! What a guy!
    A newborn kitten cannot eliminate on it’s own, either. Presumably, this keeps the sleeping area clean. You must simulate the mother’s job. A wad of cotton moistened with warm water may be used (I suppose you could try it with a wet wipe). Use this to lightly stroke the kitten’s tummy from front to back, after meals, to facilitate elimination. At about 2-3 weeks of age, put a very shallow pan of litter in the corner of her crate or box. I used a shoe box lid. After meals, place her in it and use your hands to scratch her front paws in it, like cats do on their own. She’ll catch on surprisingly quickly.
    I highly recommend a trip to the library, book store, or pet store to get a book on raising abandoned kittens, or maybe a web search. This will tell you in more detail what you need to do to ensure your success, and help you raise a healthy kitten. If you work, and no one is home all day, it will be very difficult for a kitten to go all that time with being fed. In that case, I would recommend calling your local humane society to see if they can recommend someone who will foster the little one, or a local rescue group. Good luck!

  16. kitty143cat says:

    Do not substitute cow’s milk or goat’s milk for a high quality kitten milk replacer. Use KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer), high in protein and fat to ensure proper kitten growth and development. Contains several vitamins and minerals and also contains L-arginine to prevent cataracts in newborns; powdered form mixes with water. OR in an extreme emergency use:
    3 oz condensed milk
    3 oz water
    4 oz plain yogurt (not low fat)
    3 large or 4 small egg yolks – no whites

  17. macleod709 says:

    get some kitten formula for the kitten

  18. J B says:

    Hi! I am a vet tech at a feline only animal hospital. Feed the kitten KMR (Kitten Meal Replacement) available at most pet stores. Human formula will not provide the correct balance of nutients, and will have other additives that your young kittens digestive tract can’t handle. Its very important they get the highly nutrient dense kitten formula to develop properly.

  19. LoveLifeAndOthers says:

    it really should be kitten formula. human contains galactose, which cats cant digest, neither can humans after 4 years of age. it also would contain some lactose, which cats also can not digest, it gives them cramps, diarrhea, and dehydration…. please give them kitten milk, it has more protein and more fat that they need. the 2 months old one should be on a high quality kitten food… like Innova, Eagle Pack, or Wellness.

  20. specklemeprettygirl says:

    you can but i would recomed milk replacer for kittens my cousin found a kitten bout 3 weeks old and at the time i didnt have any money to buy milk replacer so i used similac soy based formula that i got as a sample when i had my baby he did just find on it he is now 3 months old and weighs 8lbs!he is a very big boy.i never did get the milk replacer for him my vet said to just wacth out for runny poop .and make sure you wipe him or her befour and after each feeding on the bottom to get him to go to the bathroom good luck and have fun
    sandra mcmillan

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