Stubborn Kitty

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    Anonymous

    I have spent several days reading through forums on here and they have all been very helpful so thank you all.. Anyways a week ago we brought in a 3-4 week old kitten and at first he was weak but within a week he is getting fatter. We went through the whole constipation ordeal also. I want to start weaning him since he is now stubbornly biting the nipple of the bottle so I wont take it away from him when he thinks he needs to be on his back to eat.. He also has this lovely tendancy to grab the bottle lid with his claws like a baby would hold it except he has many time unscrewed the lid and he refuses to eat if I hold his arms back. Well I have tried to make the soft kitty food mixed with milk and he is constantly trying to drown himself in the amount (very very small) I give him. I have tried feeding him in everything from a gatorade bottle lid to a flat tupperwear lid even a spoon. He is very spoiled and he knows it too. Any advice on how else I can try to wean him off the bottle? Thank You

    #808539

    hi heidi! he will eventually wean himself off, but he seems a bit slower. just let him enjoy it, and when he’s ready, he will refuse it on his own, just as he would transition from his mums nipple to grown up food.

    #808542

    katzenjammer
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    Hi Heidi,

    Your kitty is super cute!!! Suggest you submit his pic for main page kitty and we can all gush over his cuteness. 🙂

    #808581

    Anonymous

    Thank you for your advice. Thank you, katzenja I have submitted him so keep your eyes out 🙂

    #808646

    Kittyzee
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    When giving solid food to kittens in the beginning, they are extremely messy. I dilute the stuff with formula, and put it in one of those medicine droppers because you can control the amount the kitten is getting. You can put it directly in their mouths without getting bit, like doing it with your finger. Some kittens act almost savage with nipple biting and trying to get the food in their mouths. Once their tummies get food in them, they stop acting so frantic.

    #848341

    Anonymous

    I must add. I have a problem kitten too. He won’t lick, won’t lap. Won’t drink water. Gotta say your problem is loads easier. I was dumb and gave him goats milk instead of one when there is no canned kitten so we have to use canned adult. Yikes! Dry kitten? Yep but he eats only a 1/4 cup and only at night. Poor munchkins ears are red from the goats milk. Thankfully he’s coming along with the kmr (few sentences above it says one instead of kmr, not my typing error since I typed properly). Won’t lick or lap water or liquid is one I’ve never heard of. Too young?

    #848343

    Kittyzee
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    Randi, I would be interested to know why the kittens ears are red from the goat’s milk. An allergic reaction perhaps? I would tend to think it was more from a reaction to something in the food or from something else, like ear mites especially if there is a large amount of a dark looking waxy substance inside the ear. You can check this by taking a wet wipe and getting into the ear and rubbing around and see if it looks dirty when you are done. You can take a Q tip and rub it around and see what comes out. Place the waxy substance on a paper towel and see if you can tell if anything is crawling away. If so, you cat has ear mites. Not a hard thing to treat, but it should be treated to keep the cat from scratching and digging the ear area.

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