Nursing And Foster Care

Since we never know when we’ll come across a kitten or puppy in need of foster care, we always have these supplies in our respective homes for such emergencies..



The most important ‘must have’ is of course, the proper milk for the orphan animal..

We at SCCARFS Pet Connection Project highly recommend Mother’s Helper Milk Replacer from Lambert Kay.

Over the years, we have tried many different brands and Mother’s Helper has the lowest rejection rate and thus the highest acceptance rate by many kittens from barely days old to couple of weeks old. It comes in a ready-to-use solution.. so no worries about the mixture being too thick or too diluted. Excellent when you’re in a panic and need to nurse an orphan animal immediately.


The vets I work with recommend Milkodog, which is in powdered form. I suppose it’s also for practical reasons since powdered milk keep better and last longer, therefore making it much more economical too.. but personally, I prefer Mother’s Helper and stock up mostly MHs for kittens under my care.

The newborn should have a chance to be nursed by their respective mums before they are separated or fed any man-made formula. This ensures the nutrition, strength and protection that only mother’s milk can provide against some diseases and for that initial spurt of growth.

Generally, very young orphan animals are fed every two to three hours and those older than three weeks every four to five hours. Formula should be at room temperature before feeding. So do remember to do the skin-test before coaxing the little one to suckle. It would be best to allow the milk to cool naturally after heating but when in a hurry, you can run tap water over the side of the milk bottle.


Bottle feed the animal for three to four weeks or until it can lap the formula from the bowl.. and then slowly wean off to soft food or kitten kibbles soaked in milk or water. There is no need to further provide milk once the kitten is able to take dry kibbles and have started drinking water on its own.

Do not feed kittens, puppies, cats and dogs made-for-human milk as such milk usually contain lactose. Lactose cannot be digested by most cats and dogs and normally upsets their stomach and causes diarrhea, and diarrhea is potentially fatal to the younger ones.

Of course, also stock up on kitten chow.. both the wet and dry sort. If the kitten is already able to take solids, wet or dry.. then you can do without the milk..

Thanks, everyone.. and Good Luck..

SCCARFS Pet Connection Project

Note: Please do bear in mind that the above recommendations are based on personal preference and experience..


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