Catac Foster Feeding Bottle (25225-V)
Love Most Everything About This Product
I purchased one of these after I fed a kitten with a syringe, and she took a big breath right after I put some liquid in her mouth. The little soft plastic bottles in the retail stores are useless for a small kitten - the nipple is far too big. I'm currently feeding a kitten, and have been since he was born. Mom is feeding his 2 litter mates, and he just somehow never got a nipple of his own. It's a great nurser, easy to hold, easy to regulate the flow of milk, easy to tell the temperature of the liquid without even putting a drop on your wrist, etc. My only complaint is that I'd love the company to create an alternate set of nipples for neonatal kittens. The ones that come with the bottle are too long - I had to cut the end off so it didn't reach halfway down the kitten's throat. But, other than that, this is a GREAT alternative to either tube feeding - which is difficult for a single person to manage - or feeding with a syringe - dangerous if the plunger sticks and then suddenly comes unstuck. So I'll continue to cut the nipples down to a manageable length - but, all in all, this product has made 3 hour feeding intervals - bearable. And, it's safe enough that even at 3:00 when I'm not exactly at my best - it's a safe way to feed a kitten.
Not very useful!
Maybe I am not using this right. But I found that the nipple is too wide and short for the kittens to suck on. Plus you can not order extra nipples from the website.
I recently whelped German Shorthair Puppies. I bought two of these. The nipples were entirely too small for this breed even though they whelped at around 13 oz. I tried using the large end but it was impossible to create a flow with a hot needle. Save yourself $25/each(2x$25=$50) on these and just go buy a baby bottle.
Two Week Old Puppy
Had a singleton puppy that was born 13 days early without the suckling instinct. Mom's milk dried up before he was ready to nurse. Tube fed him for two weeks, and then switched to the Catac Foster Feeding Bottle. It works great. I cut the very tip off the teat and used the valve on the open end and gently pumped it to regulate the flow of milk.
I foster orphan kittens. Each group is different but this bottle when used correctly is easy and widely accepted by the tiny kittens. They seem to like the long nipple and suckle easily. I like the rubber vent cover, makes it simple to regulate flow and is easily removed to refill for the next kitten.