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I just got this new kitty (6 weeks old) and I was pumping some milk and the kitty started freaking out (I think it smelled my milk) Would I be considered a huge weirdo if I gave the kitty some expressed milk?
 

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Sharlla,<br>
I actually think that would be kind of you. Your kitty is still VERY young, and bm is the best thing for babies. It can only be WAY better for him than cows milk (pasteurized/homogenized cows milk at that)<br>
Now, I would think it was weird if you were going to actually brestfeed the little guy, but if your bm is already expressed, good for kitty.
 

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Sorry, but I woudln't consider giving a human child cat milk or dog milk and nor should you give a kitten human milk. The whole point of breast milk is that it's species specific--there are a lot of differences between the human and feline species.
 

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If it were me, I'd give the kitty some milk. That is a pretty young cat, and while it's probably not known what the exact differences are between human and cat milk, it's probably still far more balanced for her than cat food. It's going to be a highly enriched food with lots of vitamins and fat, etc.<br><br>
Plus, if the cat wants it and it doesn't hurt anything, why not?<br><br>
Er... not everyone is that openminded though, so I would probably not share the info with anyone IRL.<br><br>
Just my $.02<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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my cat is allergic to beef, pork, fish, corn, wheat, etc. and... tada... EBM.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">my cat is allergic to beef, pork, fish, corn, wheat, etc. and... tada... EBM.</div>
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WHOA! Poor kitty! I have never heard of such a thing as a kitty with food allergies. Maybe it was put on solids too soon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
what does your cat eat? poultry?
 

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That only caveat I'd add is that most cats are lactose intolerant so if you eat dairy, you'll want to start by giving a small amount and watching for a reaction.<br><br>
Your milk might also be low in protein to be a complete food source for a kitty, but that isn't really an issue if it's already eating solids.
 

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A six week old kitten is plenty old enough to do well on cat food. At 6 weeks even kitten formulas would not be recomended unless the only way to feed this kitten was with a feeding tube.<br><br>
Here's what I don't get. Most on this board would be flipping if someone suggested giving cows milk to a young infant. It's pretty reasonable to assume that cow's milk is perfect for baby cows, after all, we all agree that human breast milk is best for human babies, why then if we would freak out about giving a human baby the milk of another animal do we then believe that human breast milk must be good for kittens and puppies and other various species?? This question has come up many times before. One would be beheaded here if they suggested giving dog milk to an infant, why on earth is ok to give people milk to a different species?? People milk is the perfect food for little people, cow's milk is the perfect food for little cows, dog milk is the perfect food for little dogs and cat milk is the perfect food little cats. The nutritional demands of a cat are VASTLY different from those of a human. Cats are true carnivores, the only veggies and grains they are designed to eat are ones that have been predigested by the animal they are eating.<br>
At least 50% of mother cats wean their kittens around 6 weeks.
 

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Oh and food allergies in cats are actually very common. The most popular school of thought is that it has become such a problem because we humans make them eat things their bodies were not designed to digest--things like grains, vegatables and dairy products
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here's what I don't get. Most on this board would be flipping if someone suggested giving cows milk to a young infant.</div>
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Yeah... but a mama cat is not available to give milk to the baby kitten. So if someone found a small baby on the street, took him or her in, and didn't have any mama milk available, and there was no formula available either, and they had to choose between giving the baby cow's milk and solids, or just solids, and the baby really wanted some cow's milk, then sure, I would see no problem with giving the baby some.<br><br>
That's the only way you can draw a straight comparison here.<br><br>
Where did you get your statistic that 50% of mother cats wean naturally by age 6 weeks?
 

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My auntie ended up with a much larger freezer stash of EBM than she needed, and some of it was starting to get oldish, so...her pets loved it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I wouldn't give kitty any ebm. Kitty needs meat!! IMO 6 weeks is about 2 weeks early to wean, but if kitty is alive and healthy, then she should be able to start eating solids (you may need to mash or moisten whatever you feed)<br><br>
Good Luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">WHOA! Poor kitty! I have never heard of such a thing as a kitty with food allergies. Maybe it was put on solids too soon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
what does your cat eat? poultry?</div>
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both kitties eat IVD Duck and Green Pea cat food. it's expensive but they love it. Mips (the high maintenance allergic one) can also eat, without worry, venison, turkey, rabbit, lamb... Haven't tried buffalo yet.<br><br>
The frustrating thing is that Mips thinks he's a dog - he'd eat the crumbs off the floor if we let him.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah... but a mama cat is not available to give milk to the baby kitten. So if someone found a small baby on the street, took him or her in, and didn't have any mama milk available, and there was no formula available either, and they had to choose between giving the baby cow's milk and solids, or just solids, and the baby really wanted some cow's milk, then sure, I would see no problem with giving the baby some.<br><br>
That's the only way you can draw a straight comparison here.<br><br>
Where did you get your statistic that 50% of mother cats wean naturally by age 6 weeks?</div>
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Hmm, well, I'm a registered vet tech, have worked in shelters for 17 yrs and it's common knowledge. A 6 wk old kitten does not need the mama cat anymore to provide him with milk. Giving him milk from another species is of absolutely NO nutritional benefit to him, it's just that simple. Add to that the fact that it can cause stomach problems and I'm really not sure why this need so many people have to decide that human breast milk is the ideal food for any species. It's not, it's that simple--human breast milk is no more ideal for kittens than feline breast milk is ideal for humans. Honestly I just can't figure out why people can't wrap their heads around this.
 

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Also this isn't a case where a kitten is hungry and there is no food or formula to feed him. If this kitten was incapable of eating kitten food then fine, but this kitten is perfectly capable of eating kitten food--the human breast milk would only be an extra--an unneeded extra that could cause some serious tummy trouble.
 

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ITA agree with Shannon & MOST 6 wk old kitties have been weaned for a least one week by now...<br><br>
My Mama cats would start weaning @ 4 wks,<br>
skip the milk & give softened kitten chow (or akin) & maybe a tiny bit of canned food<br><br>
I used to breed Persians & this was the avg age of weaning.<br><br><br>
BTW - some cats are just milk freaks.... I have 5 cats & 2 of them go nitty over milk & the other 3 could care less
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If it were me, I'd give the kitty some milk.<br>
Plus, if the cat wants it and it doesn't hurt anything, why not?</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">If it were me, I'd give the kitty some milk. Plus, if the cat wants it and it doesn't hurt anything, why not?<br><br>
Er... not everyone is that openminded though, so I would probably not share the info with anyone IRL.<br><br>
Just my $.02<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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FYI - milk of any source can actually mess some cats up badly.... kinda like lactose intolerance.....<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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A. Dogs and cats do not have the proper enzymes to properly break down the sugar in milk which is called 'lactose.' You may have heard of people who are lactose-intolerant. They are also missing these digestive enzymes. If the proper enzymes are not present, the lactose remains undigested and tends to ferment in the intestine and cause diarrhea. Some pets can tolerate a little milk, others, none at all. If your pet enjoys and appears to tolerate milk, you can give your pet small amounts. Better yet, give your pet one of the special cat or dog milks on the market that have had the lactose removed.<br></td>
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<a href="http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=0&cat=1276&articleid=1183" target="_blank">http://www.peteducation.com/article....articleid=1183</a><br><br>
jeez - enough said??<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<a href="http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/kit.html" target="_blank">http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/kit.html</a><br><br>
AND....<br>
this was developed for kitties that still seem to like milk...<br><br>
"Whiskas Cat Milk +Plus for Cats & Kittens<br>
NEW! WHISKAS CATMILK +PLUS™ Drink for Cats is specially developed by the nutritionists and veterinarians of WALTHAM to reduce the risk of digestive problems which some cats experience with ordinary milk. 98% lactose reduced. Contains taurine."<br><br><a href="http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/product_detail.asp?pf_id=3056701KT&dept_id=6&brand_id=20&mscssid=0SXE3053LK5H9MNGV3XVT1S9CAUX6Q83" target="_blank">link</a><br><br>
really folks... human breast milk is not the cure-all for every mammal --- only human mammals <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Honestly I just can't figure out why people can't wrap their heads around this.</div>
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Because no one is trying to say what you are saying everyone is saying. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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