Sterile Feeding Tubes (25220-V)
These tubes work well for kittens. We use size 5 for the first week then go up to 8 through the next week. If you make a mark for the stomach by measuring mouth to last rib, you can usually be sure that if it goes all the way in, you are in the right place. The bronchial "Y" stops the tube at halfway to the mark, so you know to back out and reinsert. We recently had a size 5 slip easily past the "Y" in an older kitten and drown the kitten! When we switched to an 8, we could tell that would not happen again. We will switch up for safety from now on, the experience was horrible. Also, be sure when the kittens get teeth to use a guard to prevent them biting and swallowing the tube., which is also deadly. A cut off piece of a reusable Starbucks straw works very well for us. It has a knob on it that is easy to hold, and is bite proof. If all of this makes tube feeding sound worrisome, it is still SO much safer and simpler to save kittens tube feeding than with bottles or syringes in our experience.
Essential for tube feeding neonates
As a professional cat breeder I sometimes end up with baby kittens that cannot nurse. These Sovereign Sterile Feeding Tubes are perfect for tube feeding and helping these babies along until they can take care of themselves.
These tubes are the best. We had previously used another brand and they were much less flexible and were constantly curling and hard to get in properly. It may have even resulted in aspirating 2 kittens, and with these tubes, that's never happened and we've never lost another kitten. I love that they already have holes at the end of the tube so that the formula is flowing from several openings and not just from the end making it a much smoother feeding. They are affordable and Revival is great with their ordering process. The first time I ordered them I had several questions and they had a knowledgeable person right there to answer all my questions. Revival and these tubes are unequaled.
These feeding tubes are perfect! Thank you so much for carrying them! They are very easy to use and are a huge improvement over dropper or bottle feeding abandoned small animals since there is less chance of the animal aspirating the replacement milk. Also the ends of these tubes are smoothed into a rounded end that is less likely to cause damage as it is inserted and then the milk is released through two tiny holes just above the rounded ends- a huge improvement over other tubes. We have 2 very chubby and very healthy abandoned kittens that are as grateful for your fast shipping and great product as we are! Thank you! :)
Thankfully Didn't Have to Use
Our springer had a huge litter with a wide weight range of 6 ounces to 15 ounces and we had to bottle feed for the first couple of days - thankfully we didn't need to use the tubes but I was glad to have on hand...