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#270983 - 07/23/14 11:57 PM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Chisel]
Chisel Offline
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Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 1154
Yes, water problem is solved but still looking for suitable food

Most stores sell canned cat foods that look like tuna cans. I doubt they will be dry foods. I might as well open a tuna can for the kitten.

My son has a pet turtle + goldfish. Among the foods he has a can of dried shrimp. That may work as dry food for the kitten. Hope it doesn't smell too much thou.

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#270984 - 07/24/14 02:11 AM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Chisel]
Bingley Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
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Hey you can check with a cat forum. Explain to them that you're not in the US, and you can't seem to find dry food here. See what they suggest for commonly available human food that a kitten will eat, that can survive the extreme heat in your area for a few days. I'll send you a bag of dry food, except it won't get there in time.

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#270985 - 07/24/14 11:40 AM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Bingley]
Chisel Offline
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Thank you Bingley

I got this from Web MD

Quote:
Cats are carnivores. That's the most important thing to keep in mind when considering what to feed yours.

"Cats are… different from us and from dogs," says Louise Murray, DVM, vice president of the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York. "When it comes to nutrition, they are very inflexible, and owners must realize that."

Compared to what their owners should be eating, cats need to eat a lot of meat for protein and for fat.

"If we ate like cats, we'd have heart disease by age 20," Murray says. "They are not at all the same as humans and they are not little dogs."

She's explicit about this because it's not uncommon for owners to treat their cats the same way they treat dogs, which can eat a variety of foods and remain healthy.

In fact, Murray notes that dog food can be fatal to cats over time because it doesn't meet their nutritional needs and it's often loaded with carbohydrates, which cats can't process well.

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#270986 - 07/24/14 11:43 AM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Chisel]
Chisel Offline
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I have left a dish of tuna covered with beans (to cover the tuna smell and provide more juicy prietin). But after reading the WebMD , I am going to ask DW to cook some chiken or meat , just for the kitten

We'll see


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#271004 - 07/25/14 06:37 PM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Chisel]
Deathwind Offline
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Registered: 02/01/14
Posts: 310
Hi
I've raised many feral kittens by hand. If it's 3 months old it can eat dry food, just get kitten sized pellets. You could put out half a can of of wet food at a time and collect the can in the evening to help prevent the older cat and other animals from eating what you leave. Also half and half is better for kittens than milk from what I have seen. Good luck with the kitten.

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#271049 - 07/28/14 06:01 PM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Chisel]
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Registered: 03/29/12
Posts: 178
Loc: California
Dry food is the only viable solution. Wet food will spoil in less than a day in your heat.

The only other solution is to find someone to come by and feed the kitten once a day.

Of course water is the most important and you seem to have that solved. Are you also providing shade?

Here, for water, I use automatic sprinkler timers that come on twice a day and drip water into several bowls around my property. These timers just attach to the hose bib and run on a battery. They are sold in hardware stores, plant nurseries, and, of course, online.

I also have a battery powered dry food feeder that opens twice a day according to the times you set.

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#271059 - 07/29/14 03:26 AM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Chisel]
Bingley Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
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Guys, Chisel said his country doesn't sell dry food for cats.


Edited by Bingley (07/29/14 03:29 AM)

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#271092 - 08/02/14 11:30 AM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Bingley]
adam2 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 427
Loc: Somerset UK
Originally Posted By: Bingley
Guys, Chisel said his country doesn't sell dry food for cats.


True, but might I suggest a thorough search for dried cat food ? It may not be readily available but might be available in a speciality store, perhaps further away than is optimum.
Are there no ex-pat British or American cat lovers in the vicinity ? if there are, they may know where to buy dry cat food, or might be able to spare you some.

If all else fails, I see two options, one would be dried food intended for human consumption something like dried beef.

Or try canned wet cat food that has been frozen. Serve one portion fresh from the can, and another larger portion that is frozen, this will defrost fairly quickly, but might remain frozen for 6 hours, cold for another 6 hours and edible for 12 hours after that. Not really long enough, but better than nothing.

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#271093 - 08/02/14 07:57 PM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Treeseeker]
Chisel Offline
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Registered: 12/05/05
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Thank you everyone

I have come back home , the klitten has survived on tuna covered with layers of fava beans. Beans were used to cover the smell of tuna and still provide some protein

You guys mentioned DRY food. Actually it doesn't take much time here to convert any wet food into dry food. LOL

Quote:
Of course water is the most important and you seem to have that solved. Are you also providing shade?


The kitten is hiding in a shaded structure, so that is not a problem. Water was placed in a shaded area and has survived too especially it was in a closed 5 liter container. If it was in a pan, it might have evaportated.

We will now look for someone to remove the cat and clean the place.


Thanks again.

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#271098 - 08/02/14 10:24 PM Re: Help me feed a kitten [Re: Chisel]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2155
Loc: Great Plains
Nice! Glad to see Mr. Kitty is doing okay.
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