How to make cat milk substitute?

Some times you get an orphaned cat and you need to feed him, maybe you wonder where you'd get mother cat milk from, but guess what? you can make your own (substitute)!

12 oz. boiling water
1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin

Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and add:

1 12 oz. can evaporated canned milk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 egg yolk

Mix well in mixer. Place in covered bowl and store in refrigerator. Warm a small amount for feedings. This will keep for about 7 days.

It adds between 15-20 grams on kittens a day.

--Recipe retrieved from rec.pets.cats newsgroup. I did not creat this recipe but have heard wonderous stories about how it has saved more than one orphan or sick kitten.

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  1. what if knox gelatin is not available? can i substitute it with other brands? thank you

  2. Can you use this as a supplement for weaning cats?

  3. Could I feed this to my older kitties for a treat?

  4. YES to the three questions above! ;)

    But I don't know if older cats would find this tasteful or not, .. after all, who likes to eat baby food? :D

  5. How can I make a cat, return it's baby kittens back to their box? She has taken them somewhere else. Don't know where they are.


  6. If the mother cat moves her kittens, it's usually because she thinks they are in danger. If you can't find her or the kittens it will be near impossible to find them. If she is still around but you can't find the kittens, the best way to find and relocate the kittens is to literally follow her and find out where she goes most of the time and where she is being most protective of. If you find the kittens, put them in a safe area in a rather tall box or bin. When they reach about 2 months old they will be able to climb out. Anyway, the best way to convinces a mother cat to let you have her kittens around is by proving that they are not in danger and by feeding her. Good luck :-)

  7. Hi,
    Thanks for this recipe..Really very helpful to thous people who have cats. Thanks for this suggestion.

  8. Thank you so much it was a great guide, now to make cat milk substitute? is definitely simple and easy utilizing your tips. Kudos

  9. Trying to wean kittens from died how do I do this?

  10. what other gelatine can you use unstead of knox?

  11. How much of this and how often should I feed them. I have 2 (2)day old kittens that Mama Cat is not wanting to stay with. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  12. is there a simpler way to make a cat milk formula for a baby kitten?

  13. Do you have any recipes for an older cat who needs nourishment? That Catsure stuff is too expensive!! Thanks.