How much does a 2 month old kitten eat?!

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    Ben
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    Hi!

    I’ve never used a site like this but I’m at my wit’s end.

    How much does a 2 month old kitten need to eat!! I’ve searched the internet and I only get told that ‘kittens should eat as much as they can’. I understand that this makes sense for hungry kittens, but my kitten is not one of those.

    FOR BACKGROUND:
    1. She’s been to the vet twice since we got her about a week ago. I work from home so I’m able to monitor her very closely. First vet trip was for fleas, vaccines and a dewormer, second was to see why she wasn’t eating.
    2. She’s been refusing to eat due to a fever — and I’ve taken her to a vet, she’s on medication and she’s improving, but I do have to syringe feed her or she barely eats at all. She already lost a quarter of a pound, which may not seem like much but it’s a lot when it takes place over the course of 4 days, when she was only 2.5 lbs to start. We tried different foods, and have been told it may be anxiety from her new home, but truly she is already VERY attached to us and seems very content with her home and it’s smells. She’s a chill cat, even without the fever.
    3. Yesterday I syringe fed her and she absolutely hates every second of it. She’s improved a lot since I’ve been doing this (and it’s only been a day!) but she’s still a little shakey when she stands and isn’t quite feeling hot enough to start being her playful self, again. Today she’s hiding a little bit but I think that’s just because my partner (aka, her favourite person) is at work so she can’t sleep on my partner’s chest. I know she gets stressed when I feed her, but it’s necessary.
    I’m syringe feeding her Royal Canin baby cat food mixed with water and I warm it to just room temperature every time before feeding. Yesterday I fed her almost every hour, a couple syringes at a time. I gave her a little more than half a can (5.8 oz can).
    4. There’s been no vomiting or diarrhea. She poops on herself a bit sometimes, but she’s a Norwegian Forest Cat mix so very very fluffy.

    I’m finally past the point of thinking she’s going to die, but REALLY just want to know HOW MUCH she needs to eat each day. Weight gain is the goal but I don’t want to make her sick.

    #863159

    Kittyzee
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    Hi Ben, I understand your concern because you are a new cat parent. I will post a link for you that contains approximate amounts for the age of the kitten to be eating. These are general guidelines to go by so don’t fret about being exact. Also, you can mix her wet food with some goat’s milk (powdered, condensed, or fresh) or with KMR to add extra nutrition. You can also add some baby pedialyte for extra energy and hydration too. If you have to syringe feed her for now, then that’s what you have to do. Kittens and cats cannot go long without food. Their blood sugar levels drop and they get lethargic and can die. If this should happen, rub some honey, syrup or sugar water on her gums and tongue to perk her up, then feed her. Sounds like you are doing everything right and she is doing well. If she is 2 months old, she should be using a litter box. Make sure you use unscented non clumping litter for starters.

    http://messybeast.com/handrear.htm

    #863160

    Ben
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    Thank you so much!
    She’s using litter fine which is a blessing. She’s only had one accident out of the little box and it was when she started showing symptoms, but since then her stools have been healthy and regular enough.

    I’ve had kittens before many times but never one that’s this young + sick! It’s really nerve racking, but good to know that I’m doing the right things.

    She’s finally eating on her own but definitely far from enough, so I’m still giving her a few syringes every day. I’ve been putting out her food first to see if she takes interest in it, and if she doesn’t I syringe feed. Sometimes she’s nice and licks it straight from the syringe so I don’t have to force it on her. I’m going to try the pedialyte or goat’s milk tonight 🙂

    I’ll just be happy when she’s playing on her own and shows a bit more weight gain. We’re taking her back to the vet tomorrow if she starts shaking again, or gets anymore lethargic.

    #863161

    Kittyzee
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    http://feline-nutrition.org/

    Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition

    These articles are for your information. I would feed your kitten on a 3 to 4 times a day schedule. She is 2 months old, and I would feed her what she will eat at each feeding. I know she isn’t feeling the greatest, and she may have an upper respiratory infection, which if she can’t breath and smell, then food is not appetizing to her. Smelly wet foods, like tuna, are great because they like those for some reason the best. Warming them in the microwave for a few seconds helps too sometimes.

    #863162

    Ben
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    I can definitely try that! I would rather that then feeding her hourly.

    Unfortunately we don’t have a microwave so I’ve been warming on the stove or with warm water and testing with my finger to make sure it’s not scalding or freezing. I’ve tried to give her tuna, she sniffs it and seems extremely interested but won’t actually take any. When we first got her, before her symptoms showed, she was obsessed with tuna and nearly bit off my finger while I was feeding her a tuna treat.

    She’s on antibiotics and anti inflammatory medication, hates taking both but she does. The antibiotics are every 12 hours and the antiinflammatory medication was once a day every day for 2-3 days but is now done.

    #863167

    Ben
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    The kitten is now with the vet and we’re trying to get her stabilized. Thanks so much for the help, I’ll try to update on whats happening when I know.

    #863169

    Crystal
    Participant

    Hope you get your kitten stabilized. Good Luck.

    #863171

    Kittyzee
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    Yes Ben, please do. We are always hoping the best for people and their kits. It’s also good to know information wise, as this is the best site there is for helping cats.

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