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    Elizabeth
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    I have three 7 week old kittens. They’re still weaning from their mother. One of them is transitioning to cat foods just fine, dry, wet, whatever.
    The other two won’t touch the cat food. They’re eating anything my toddler drops on the floor (and the other kids, I have five.) Cereal, Cheetos, pizza, you name it. But put them next to the cat food and they turn up their noses at it. Nothing on the floor and they just run for their mother and try to nurse (and she just went back into heat and doesn’t want to nurse much.)
    What can I do to encourage them to eat cat food? They’re just about ready to go to new homes, but I’d like them to consistently eat cat food first.

    #863548

    pussigato
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    Welcome Elizabeth,

    Kittens, like children and puppies, take tasty things. Cat food is good but Cheetoes, oh, Cheetoes. The same goes for all the other yummy people stuff that lands on the floor. What to do? Pick up the people food and leave only dry cat food. Or possibly feed them wet food. The wet food has more smell and will be enticing to them. Since mom isn’t going to nurse her kits, they have to understand what their food will being.

    I hope you plan to have mom spayed. There are hundreds of homeless kits/adults that desperately need homes.

    Good Luck
    PG

    #863569

    Crystal
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    try to keep food that is dropped away from them because not all food is good for cats/kittens.

    #863571

    Elizabeth
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    Yes b she’ll be spayed.
    It’s difficult to keep food completely off the floor with a messy toddler but I’ll do my best to be extra vigilant.
    I also tried putting their paws into the wet food to get them to lick it off. I think one might be getting interested a little but the other is still being stubborn.

    #863572

    Crystal
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    I’m sure it is with a toddler. But remember not all people food is good for cats/kittens. Good luck.

    #863574

    pussigato
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    Getting a toddler to not leave a dinner trail is very difficult. It may be once they’re in their furever home it will be a non-starter. Just make sure their potential hoomins understand and make it sound oh, so adoable. 😉

    #863582

    Elizabeth
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    I got a special kitten wet food today and the two reluctant ones ate it up! They still turned their noses up at mom’s food but they ate this one. So glad. There was also no toddler food on the floor. Partly I cleaned up everything my daughter dropped immediately (well, one kitten grabbed a piece of cereal before I could stop her) and also we were gone a lot today.

    #863583

    pussigato
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    Good job!

    #863600

    Crystal
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    Glad the kittens are finally eating-Yeah!!

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