How to make kitten gruel with feeding tips

How to make kitten gruel

The most critical stage of raising kittens is weaning them to solid food. To wean kittens smoothly to solid food you need to slowly transition them through the use of kitten gruel.

What is kitten gruel?

Kitten gruel is a mixture of food that is made specifically for kittens. It is used to wean kittens from their mothers’ milk or kitten formula to solid food.

Gruel is simply a mixture of high quality wet/canned kitten food, dry kitten food and kitten replacement formula (KMR). It is blended into a gruel with a smooth consistency that kittens can easily eat or be fed with via a pet nurser.

How can I make kitten gruel?

Kitten development can be divided into several stages depending on the nutritional needs of the kitten. In each kitten development stage, you need to feed your kitten with the right type and amount of food. Be it kitten formula, kitten weaning food or kitten food.

Feeding kittens can be easy, however for fuzzy eaters and during the first few weaning days you may need to make gruel.

You can easily make kitten gruel at home by blending high-quality wet/canned food, dry kitten food and kitten replacement formula. You can do this using the following recipe.

Gruel recipe for kittens

There are two methods you can use to make gruel for kittens. The first method uses a blender while the second method uses a whisk.

Ingredients

  1. 2 large scoops of KMR
  2. 2 large scoops of hot water
  3. 1 can of wet kitten food
  4. 1 handful of dry kitten food

You can make smaller or larger portions of the gruel depending on the number of kittens you are feeding. We recommend making only the amount of gruel that can be eaten in one setting to avoid poisoning incase the gruel runs bad.

Method 1 – using a blender

  • Put 1 handful of dry kitten food in a blender
  • Add 2 large scoops of hot water to the blender
  • Let the dry food soak for a few minutes so it blends easily
  • Add 2 large scoops of KMR
  • Add 1 can of wet kitten food
  • Blend the mixture until it is of soupy consistency
  • Feed as necessary

Method 2 – using a whisk

  • Put 1 handful of dry kitten food in a bowl
  • Add 2 large scoops of hot water
  • Let the dry food soak for a few minutes
  • Add 2 large scoops of KMR
  • Add 1 can of wet kitten food
  • Whisk the mixture until it is of soupy thick consistency
  • Feed as necessary

You can save any unused gruel in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. To use, rewarm the gruel using a hot water bath. Do not microwave the gruel. This is because it can form hot pots that may scald the kitten(s).

Related: How to make homemade kitten formula

FAQs about kitten gruel

How do I make my kitten to eat gruel?

After you have successfully made gruel in the right consistency, you need to feed it to your kitten. There are a number of ways that you can use to introduce gruel to your kitty.

The first method is by offering some gruel to the kitten using your fingers. If the kitten laps the gruel from your finger gradually offer the gruel in a bowl.

We recommend using shallow bowls when feeding kittens on gruel or weaning food as they are easier for the kitten to access the food.

The other method that you can use to introduce gruel is by smearing the gruel on the kitten’s mouth. Be careful not to smear the gruel on the kitten’s nose as this may hinder breathing.

The last method that you can use is by wiping the gruel the kitten’s paws. This gives the kitten no alternative but to lap the gruel in order to clean themselves.

Ensure that you offer a bowl of water and a bowl of solid kitten kibble at all times. Some kittens prefer dry kibble over the gruel or wet kitten food.

How to wean a kitten to solid food?

After introducing kitten gruel, you need to gradually wean the kitten to solid food.

Weaning the kitten off the gruel is a gradual process and is easy to do.

All you need to do is gradually change the consistency of the gruel making it thicker. Do not change the consistency quickly as this may make the kitten stop feeding making weaning hard.

To change the consistency of the gruel, start by gradually adding less and less KMR.

Read next: What do you feed a weaning kitten?

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