The “pet nursing kits” sold packaged in stores are barely useful. And not useful at all after you get a supply of Miracle Nipples from Chris’s Squirrels and More, an online shop for wildlife rehabilitators and people who raise orphaned pretty much any native animal.
Here is Chris’s “kitten rehab” page and it includes top-quality, well-chosen supplies you may need and will have a hard time, probably, finding anywhere else. There are similar pages for anything else you might run into.
About the Miracle Nipple
This is a great invention, available and multiple sizes and easy to fit on bottles and syringes. Kittens like the size and shape, but large kittens with teeth have been known to bite through the smaller nipples. The piece can be swallowed and I used to freak-out but never had any real problems because of it. Being careful and moving to larger Miracle Nipples as your kitten grows can head-off this issue.
Everyone I know that is seriously into kitten rescue uses these and I am proud to recommend them to you.
Here is the Miracle Nipple page on Amazon. Note the “original” nipple is longer. The “mini” nipple is what bottle-baby kittens need. I move to the original nipple as the kittens get larger.
If It’s Not a Kitten or Puppy, Send in the Pros
Let me caution you that wild animals/native species can carry rabies and must be taken to a federally-licensed rehabilitator as quickly as possible. Do you know how to locate a rehabber in your area? Is their number already stored in your smartphone?
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