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Uploaded on Sep 28, 2010

I found this abandoned kitten at a farm house. I have been bottle-feeding her with kitten milk replacement formula since Sunday afternoon because she is too young to eat hard food. I named her Pumpkin. Isn't she cute? :)
She was difficult to feed at first because she kept trying to find a nipple in my sweater with her face and paws as she would do feeding from a mother cat. It took time to get her to learn how to use the bottle. I just waited patiently. Occasionally I would put the bottle up to her mouth and when she would open her mouth to meow I would put the bottle in quick and drip some milk into her mouth. I found it easier to feed her level to my face on a solid surface with the kitten on her own feet, rather than holding her. She would squirm too much if I held her. Just make sure she can put her paws on something so that she can lift her head upright and drink from the bottle easier. The second day she started getting the hang of it more. She bites the nipple a lot and she still tries to push with her paws sometimes but overall I am having success in getting her to drink from the bottle. I have been using a milk replacement powdered formula that I make by mixing one tablespoon of formula with two tablespoons luke warm water. You can find the formula and this bottle at a Wal-mart store. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hartz-Repla... I would recommend buying the powder formula rather than the liquid formula because it lasts a lot longer. The liquid formula in the can usually only can be stored in a refrigerator for 24 hours once opened. The powdered formula can last for several weeks since it is dry in the case.
Good luck! p.s. This didn't just happen like that! It took 1-2 days being consistent with it to get the kitten to drink. You have to have a lot of patience.

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