Posted May 04, 2019 at 07:45 PM Under "Pet Health & Nutrition"
Weaning kittens

My kittens are 5 weeks old. I started to wean them by adding wet food to there formula and bottle feeding them. They loved it. However it gave them diarrhea. The diarrhea lasted 3 days. I got nervous and switched them back to just formula. They now have a normal bowel movement. When should I try again and what do I do if the diarrhea happens again?

  • May 05, 2019 at 08:30 PM

    Hi Brooke! My husband & I have been fostering for many years... We usually start our babies on what I call 'kitten mash', which is formula mixed with a little canned kitten chicken food (I use an emulsifying blender)... We do this as soon as their front teeth start to pop (about 3-4 weeks). I should mention that at 3 weeks old I put a small (short sides) aluminum pan in their cage with potty sand. At the time we start feeding kitten mash, we add dry food in a small bowl a few days later and a water bowl too. Some will naturally supplement their food in a week or so. Once they all have gotten their bellies back in shape (any change in food will give them soft stools for a few days), then I sit on the floor with a bottle & a plate of the kitten mash. I bring lots of hand towels & a wet wash cloth or two also. Some will go right to the food, others will take a few days (thus the bottle)... It takes a few litters to figure out a schedule that works for you & the babies. What I described above is what has worked for us...

    As for the diarrhea, all babies will get a touch of diarrhea when you change the food, so you will want to mix in a little at a time, but it is not uncommon for this to happen...

    You are doing a great job! Keep it up!

    • May 06, 2019 at 12:20 PM

      Thank you so much! I'm gonna try again and do what you sais

  • May 05, 2019 at 05:04 AM

    Try introducing dry kitten food with the warm formula. They should be weaned at this age and have teeth. Make it like a mush and decrease the formula as you go. Hope this helps.

    • May 05, 2019 at 10:15 AM

      Good idea! Thank you so much!