Do NOT BUY Hartz Kitten Milk Replacement (KMR)

I have 5 abandoned baby kittens. My neighbor feeds stray cats who reproduce, but they give birth under my shed. There was a batch a few months ago that I returned to my neighbor. The mother refused to touch them, even though we did not physically touch them with our skin. According to him, they ‘starved to death over several days’ and he did not lift a finger to save them. Then a new batch was left under my shed, howling for food. This time, we had to take them in.

We put them on PetAG KMR and they were doing ok as a group. But I lost my job and PetCo was charging 25 dollars a can for this stuff. I found Hartz KMR at Walmart for 10 and thought, “Hey! Save money!”. I fed 1.5 cans to these kittens. Within a week, my favorite one, Jesse, started acting like she had suffered a stroke. She would sit dormant for minutes, staring into space, then jerking off into a random direction, crashing into whatever. I fed her a bit of sugar water, as advised by the Internet, and then a touch of canned food. She recovered. The next day, she ate nearly half a bottle of Hartz KMR. An hour or so later, she consumed nearly another quarter of a bottle. (Small kitten milk bottles).

By 5 PM that afternoon, she was a wreck. She howled in pain. Her stomach was bloated. She would lurch from absolute zombie-ness to lurching, panicked movements. I could not help her. I started researching her state. I could find no disease or condition that matched this. Not ‘kitty stroke’ or ‘epilepsy’ or …..nothing matched. Then I thought about the food change and I started investigating. Everything I found by Googling “Hartz KMR” DID match. We were convinced we found the issue.

The next day, we went immediately to PetCO and got PetAG’s KMR Step 2 (they’re old enough for it now) and came home and fed them. The change was almost instant. They now bound about the floor, battling and playing. Alert and attentive. Jesse is a normal kitten again. I am CONVINCED Hartz was the culprit.

PLEASE! If you are ever in the position to have to nurse kittens yourself, do NOT use Hartz. It is a crap product that causes horrible constipation, stomach buildup and what I am convinced is eventual brain death in a kitten. PLEASE DO NOT USE HARTZ KMR. PetAG is much better because it is milk based. Even Similac is better than Hartz KMR. But I wanted to share my tale because this site helped me to diagnose what was wrong with Jesse and there was really nothing wrong with her except the poision I was unintentionally feeding her.
I have no relationship with PetAG, they are just the only KMR alternative I have ever found. If you do find a KMR, please make sure it is milk based and not whey based, or the kitten will not be able to pass stool. THAT is my point. It will become bloated and pained and completely freak out. Jesse is quite content now and the other 4 are doing just fine as well. Thank you for your attention.

6 thoughts on “Do NOT BUY Hartz Kitten Milk Replacement (KMR)”

  1. My kitten started out at 3 weeks on this krm and I regret it now that I’ve found this site….he was getting sick and acting like he was paralyzed…he couldnt blink his eyes or anything he would just lie on my floor staring at nothing as if he were unaware of his surroundings…the next time he acted drunk and sleepy as if he could not keep his eyes open and wandered around and fell several times like a drunk…I’ll never use this crap again!!!!!!!!

  2. Glad you rescued those babies from your neighbor and they are now doing well. Please call your local humane society on this neighbor. Or look into the Ferel Cat Coalation. They spay and neuter cats for free.

  3. Hello,

    Yes, she is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT CORRECT! That so-called “kitten
    replacement milk” is GARBAGE!! People, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR ANIMALS THIS CRAP! LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS! C’mon people, just look at them. The very first ingredient is ‘animal fat’ preserved with BHT & BHA!!
    OMGAAAAAAWD!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? do you know what this is??
    ITS GARBAGE! Make your own all natural kitten replacement milk using
    goat milk diluted by half with water (have to do that) and nutritional yeast,
    don’t need much of that, remember they are very small and for people it’s 2 tablespoons and we’re a lot bigger! Just google it, you’ll find way better ideas.

  4. Ok! New kittens up to about 3 to 4 weeks of age needs help making there bladder and bowls move. When a mommy cat washes their bottoms all of the time.. It’s not just keeping them clean it’s to make them void, or put it in plan language poop and pee. So what we are supposed to do is take a ruff wash cloth, wet it with warm water and wash their bottoms. So her blotting could be from that reason

  5. There may be another reason– or at least a contributing factor:
    According to someone I spoke to a couple years ago from Pet Ag about the KMR formula sold at WalMart, the reason it is so much cheaper there is not because WM sells the same stuff for less money. The WalMart formula made by PetAg specifically for them is formulated with ingredients meant merely to keep the kitten from dying. The formula is cheaper and does not contain the same level of fats, proteins, and other ingredients to make them thrive–just survive. You say you bought it at WalMart. Maybe the Hartz formula is the same.

  6. I’ve just had a horrible experience with 5 kittens starving in spite my daughter, granddaughter and I sharing the responsibility of feeding them . I’ve seen them fall over like drunk, in and out of consciousness all the while staying mal nourished.This. product is crap and I wish y’all had to be the one to have to tell my lil granddaughter “HarryPotter” died last night.

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