14 September, 2008 at 1:19 pm #20217
I posted once before on my kitten, Chloe. This is only the third full day I’ve had her, but she doesn’t seem to be eating much of the crunchy food soaked in warm water OR the canned food that I put out. I’ve been giving her a little bit of the KMR, but only through a syringe that I have to shove in her mouth, and only because I’m terrible afraid she isn’t getting enough nutrients. I keep setting her in front of her food, put some on my finger and up to her mouth, but it doesn’t interest her at all. I’ve been trying different varieties, all in vain. I just wondered if anyone else has experienced this new-kitten-doesn’t-like-to-eat thing. People keep telling me it’s because she’s in a new place at such a young age, but she’s just a baby, and babies need to eat. Just need some words of wisdom, if someone’s got some, advice if you can. Thanks!14 September, 2008 at 1:31 pm #287215
Katie, I have no advice since I never had that problem, I am hoping someone more knowledgeable will be on in a bit and can help you. I will try to keep this thread bumped so you can get some advice..14 September, 2008 at 1:36 pm #287216
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If she is really young, she might not know how to eat much. Try heating the wet food in the microwave for 10-20 seconds (you don’t want it hot, just warm) and it will make it have more of a smell; cats use smell a lot to eat, so the heat brings that out. There will be some others who come on that can help you even more with good advice on raising young kittens. Try this website for a lot more info:14 September, 2008 at 2:23 pm #287217
Katie, is there a chance your kitten has a cold? When I got Milo at six weeks of age, he had an upper respiratory infection and he wouldn’t eat, both because he wasn’t feeling well, and also because with the cold, he couldn’t smell his food – if they can’t smell it, they won’t eat it. Try feeding her something with a strong smell. Once I started pouring tuna water over Milo’s food or feeding him wet food with fishy gravy, he started showing more interest in his food and started eating. I would also make him a special drink, to get some nutrients in him and get him better hydrated – I got plain Pedialyte and mixed it with the fishy smelling gravy from his wet food in gravy. Even when he didn’t feel well enough to eat, he would drink once I made this for him.
If you’re really worried your kitten isn’t getting enough to eat, get some high-calorie and high in fat Nutrical, and see if she’ll lick it off your finger – they don’t need a lot. The vet told me most cats/kittens love the stuff, but Milo didn’t, so instead I put it in the syringe and fed it to Milo.14 September, 2008 at 4:34 pm #287218
Katie, Azdebra’s suggestion re the microwave is a really good one..my sis found a very young kitten right around this time last year and we had no idea what to do for feeding..we got some Wellness kitten food and mixed it with a little bit of KMR and made a really gross porridge looking thing, but it seemed to do the trick; he could only eat it off our fingers for the first week or so..we would then microwave for like 8 seconds just the kitten food itself and he’d eat some of that as well..hopefully you’ll get some more suggestions and Chloe will be eating like a champ in no time!! (my sister ending up adopting the kitten and trust me, feeding has never been a problem since14 September, 2008 at 4:58 pm #287219
Kittens have a difficult time with dry food usually. Soaking it in warm water may help but not much. The canned food, heated a little is the best advice but if you are really concerned and Ã½ou know for sure she isn’t eating anything you can get some baby pablum and mix it in with some mothers milk replacer. Kittens usually eat a little bit but often. I don’t remember how old Chloe is but if you can do a search for kitten development it will give you an idea of how much she should be eating and how often. Young kittens usually eat every couple of hours. I will try to find some information for you. I suspect you are an anxious, new kitty owner and I am sure after the initial adjustment you and Chloe will be fine. If she isn’t eating enough she will be hollering for food.14 September, 2008 at 5:09 pm #287220
I AM anxious, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with her! She’s a beauty, and sweet as can be. She’s still purring and seems happy just to bat at my finger with her little paw. She gnaws on my often. I have a blanket that must feel like her mommy because she keeps rooting around in it like she wants to suckle. I tried giving her a bottle with KMR in it, but she doesn’t take it. I even made a little hole in my blanket so I could get the nipple through, and she still doesn’t like it. I’m just at a huge loss. I’ll try the warmed up kitten canned food mixed with KMR and see if she’ll try that… If not, should I continue feeding her the KMR with a syringe?14 September, 2008 at 5:31 pm #287221
Something just crossed my mind. It’s been a long time since I had a little kitten and I forgot about this. What dish are you using to put the food in. When I had my foster kitties I used to put their food in the lid of a small jar. It could be if you are using a regular size saucer or bowl it is overwhelming for her. Try a small dish with only a spoon or two of food to start. She is a new little being and doesn’t have her mother to teach her what to do. So Mom – you are it. You need to show her how things are int he real world. She would probably be more comfortable walking in a large dish than eating from it. Try to keep things in proportion to her size and that may help and remember Annes advice about using the finger and hands as a toy. Not a good idea. It’s cute when they are little but when they get big you hand will suffer because they will still consider it a toy.14 September, 2008 at 5:34 pm #287222
I forgot one thing. It’s o.k. to feed her the KMR but don’t try to force her. If she doesn’t want it, don’t do it. It will cause stress and the liquid could end up going into her lungs instead of her stomach. If she is playing, purring and seems happy to you she is getting her nutrients but you just haven’t seen her do it yet. If she becomes sluggish, really docile and generally without much life, then you can start worrying. It sounds to me like she is fine but I can’t see her. Your description does not sound like a kitten that is in any kind of distress.
You’ll be fine. Trust me.14 September, 2008 at 9:25 pm #287223
Thanks for everything. I remember the veterinarian telling me that Chloe has a cold, that will get worse before it gets better, and I read somewhere that colds in kittens can cause a lack of appetite and lethargy. So my anxiousness has been somewhat appeased by your advice and words, as well as research that I’ve done! If there’s anything else anyone can think of, please, be sure to share it with me!15 September, 2008 at 1:05 am #287224
Katie, when you’re feeding food, I’d try a tablespoon of canned cat food, mashed down on a very flat surface (like the lid to a cottage cheese container). Drizzle a teaspoon or so of kitten milk replacer and/or some Pedialyte on top of the canned food.
If she doesn’t really show interest, when she’s watching, try swirling one of your fingers around in the food. Then, gently offer her your fingertip to lick. If she doesn’t lick it, try very gently touching her nose or upper lip; chances are she’ll lick it off.
If she still doesn’t want to eat, take the food and mix it thoroughly. Feed it to the kitten from an eyedropper, no more than 1/3 of the eyedropper per swallow. If she won’t open her mouth, put the eyedropper up to the side of her mouth and squeeze a little in.
This whole process may be a little messy! If you need to clean her up afterward, take a washcloth and soak it with very warm water. Wring as much water out of it as you possibly can, then clean her up. Then gently massage her with a dry washcloth; you don’t want her getting chilled.
Do you have her confined to a fairly small space? Are you stimulating pooping & peeing for her? Is she staying at a comfortable temperature?
Keep track of how she’s doing, and be sure to tell your vet if she’s still not eating by Tuesday morning. The vet may have suggestions as to what to do, in order to get her eating.15 September, 2008 at 1:40 am #287225
Thanks for the suggestions! Strangely, my kitten began to eat like a maniac this evening. I opened a new kind of dry kitty chow, offered her one piece, and she went crazy on the bowl. Just preceeding this, I found a strange looking wormy thing on the kitchen floor. Could it be that this is one of the parasites that the vet dewormed her for on Friday? In any case, she ate like crazy, until it seemed like she was full, and so I’m sticking to this cat food (even though it says for cats of all ages) and hopefully she’ll be eating regularly now! If I do have any more problems with her eating (which I’m hoping won’t happen) I’ll try you ideas! Thanks so much, everyone!12 September, 2012 at 2:21 am #287226
I read a suggestion on line when looking for advice for a young kitten that plays and seems fine but was just bearly eating a little bit and losing weight. The suggestion was SARDINES in TOMATO SAUCE. I had tried everything else so gave this a try. OMGOSH!!! He won’t even stop eating it. I had to take the bowl away fearing he might throw up he had eaten so much of it. So passing it on. If your kitten seems healthy in every way but won’t eat much sometimes they just need the right thing and this one is a great one to try!!!
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