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posted 01-06-2004 08:09 PM
Hi, I just recently got a new kitten from the animal shelter. She is between 6-8 weeks old, they werent really sure. I brought her home this past Sat. The problem is she eats NO Hard FOOD!!! She didnt eat or pee or even poop for over 30 hrs when I first got her. I tried moistening her food...i tried even soft food and she wouldnt touch it. So, I started giving her evaperated milk and she was drinking it. Finally, I opened a can of tuna and she ate some of it. A few hrs later, I tried the soft food again and she ate it finally. I keep trying the hard food and she will not eat it. Now, she is crying terribly because I havent given her anythig in a few hrs because I want her to eat that hard food. What can I do for this kitten?? She is started to act crazy. And the milk was starting to give her loose stools. The vet told me not to give her milk for too long. I just tried the soft food now again and she wont eat that either. She wants the milk... what do I do?? She is crying and climbingup me like Crazy?? Help Please! Thanks Christy
posted 01-06-2004 08:43 PM
Hello. Welcome to the site. I know what you and your kitty are going through. When I had five foster kitties a couple of years ago I had the same problem. The vet told me to get a can of powdered milk especially for kittens and to mix that in with some soft food. He then said after the kittens get used to eating the soft food (mixed with the watered down powder) to slowly add less powder each time, until they just had normal soft food. Your kitty should not be eating this mixture for more than 2-4 weeks tops.
When I gave them this mixture of soft food with watered down milk powder they loved it! Plus they got some extra nutrients from the powder. It made it so much easier to get them to try and eat normal kitten food. It is very difficult to get a little kitten to just start eating hard food.
Understand that your kitty is just a baby and she was used to drinking her mother's milk (or bottle fed).
Try this and see how it goes. Just remember that after one week to keep adding less and less powder to the mixture (the correct amount to give is on the back of the can....never give more than what is meant for their age/weight). After two weeks she should be eating without any powder in the soft food. Also you can add little pieces of hard food to the mixture to get her used to that.
Good luck and keep us posted.
posted 01-06-2004 11:26 PM
Leave hard food down where she can get to it. Kittens get curious and she will probably sniff it and maybe even eat some.
Don't give her the evaporated milk b/c it will give her diarrhea and wont give her the nutrients she needs. Get the kitten milk that Chessmind suggested. There are a lot of brands of kitten formula, but I have always liked KMR. You can get it at Petsmart. Keep in mind that the kitten formula and soft food will make her poop soft.
For soft food get one especially for kittens. I would normally recommend IAMs, but since they have some animal cruelty problems I can't recommend them. Look at Petsmart for another quality soft kitten food. Regular Friskies or Nine Lives wont give a kitten the nutrients that she needs.
posted 01-07-2004 05:46 AM
since the shelter wasn't 100% sure of her age she might be younger than what they are quessimating. The last group of babies I fostered wouldn't even begin to nibble on the dry food at all. They were 8 weeks old when they went back to the shelter and the 4 I was able to find homes for said they didn't start to eat dry food for a few weeks.
Nothing wrong with moist food either. If that's what she wants give it to her. Moist food provides fluids and that's important. Just find a good quality food that she'll eat.
Enjoy your new baby
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