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I am feeding a week old kitten who was with her mother only

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I am feeding a week old kitten who was with her mother only 1 day. I'm feeding it KMR milk replacer but now she seems to be constipated what can I add to formula to help her go. I use to put a little Kero syrup in the cat formula is this ok and how much . I make up about 2 tablespoons at a time
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
A drop or two of Karo syrup is fine when we need to give them a sugar boost. Still, for cases of constipation, this won't be of benefit for her. Instead, we need to take a different approach. To start, since most constipation is due to the KMR being too thick or just not as good as mums, we always want to dilute what we are seeing with water or unflavored Pedialyte. This will help dissolve any blockages and keep this wee one hydrated.
If she is straining or a few feeds of diluted milk doesn't correct our issue, then I would suggest that you add a small volume (pea sized) of cat hair ball treatment to her milk. This is a mild GI lubricant and can help get things moving.
Finally, for severely impacted kittens, I would note that we can also add 1-2 drops of stronger GI lubricants (ie Miralax, Lactulose, food grade mineral oil) to their milk. Of course, I would not advise this first off and if you did need to use these then be aware that they must be fed with great care (since aspiration into the lungs would be harmful).
Overall, when we need kittens to pass stool, the above are our step-by-step approach. So, do dilute the milk feeds now +/- give a small dose of cat hair ball treatment. If this doesn't get things moving in the next 12-24 hours or she is uncomfortable, then those other lubricants can be tried or you may need to have her vet give her a wee enema to clear this for her.
I hope this information is helpful.
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Dr. B.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hi Delvina,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. B.