Syringe Feeding

How to syringe feed neonatal kittens

Learning to syringe feed kittens is vital when caring for neonates. At less than 1 week old, it is difficult for such tiny kittens (sometimes weighing less than 100g) to latch onto a normal sized kitten teat and bottle. At this age, kittens drink anywhere from 2-6mls per feed, and so using a syringe and syringe teat is perfect to allow the kitten to naturally latch on. Using a syringe also allows you to accurately measure the quantity consumed each feed.

It's also important however, to be careful when syringe feeding as there is a risk of the kitten aspirating (breathing in) the formula if given too quickly. Slow and steady until the kitten latches on is the way!

For more information on our recommended bottles and teats, click here. 

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