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Q: How do I get a kitten to eat food he is 4 months old and wont eat

December 31, 2009 | By AMANDAFOLLANSBEE | 7 answers | Expired: 1656 days ago

AMANDAFOLLANSBEE

This cat is the only one in the litter who wont eat food only nurse. I have tried a bottle,I am getting worried because he is so skinny and so much smaller than the others.

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Bonnie  M.
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Jan 02, 2010

Definately get him to the vet ASAP. He is not getting enough nutrition and could have a medical problem. If you have tried wet food and using your finger, a normal kitten would gulp up that food. Best Wishes.

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Debra B.
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Jan 01, 2010

I wouldn't think momma cat would be producing much milk at this age of her kittens, so he is probably not getting much nutrition. I would also expect him to be interested in canned food especially if he sees his littermates eating wet and dry kitten food. There might be something else going on with this one if he isn't thriving like the others. Definitely should go see a vet.

I had a group of kittens still nursing on their mom at 4 months, but it was comfort nursing and not for nutritional purposes. The kittens were heartily eating dry kitten kibble and canned kitten food at 4 months. Their mom still liked to have that snuggly, close time with them and would call them to come over. Even after she was spayed, they would still suckle on their mom and she let them although no milk was being produced.

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Jillian
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Jan 01, 2010

...and once he has learned how to eat wet food on his own, start adding kibble to it and slowly wean him onto dry kitten chow.

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Jillian
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Jan 01, 2010

start w/wet food and feed it to him w/your finger. normally after a few scoops they dive right in, but some will need to take a few meals this way before they understand.

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Lisa B.
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Jan 01, 2010

Buy some meat baby food. Level 2. Meat only no vegetables. The meat only is a little expensive, but the veggies are gassy at this young age. I fed the kittens at 4 weeks, as advised by the vet, once they had their first bowl movement I switched to kitten chow and soft once a week. Chicken liver from fancy feast was their favorite. Good luck and take care.

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Linda B.
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Jan 01, 2010

I agree with Amber. Most kittens and puppies are curious to try out new food, even while still nursing. If your kitten isn't, there may be other health problems.

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Amber
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Jan 01, 2010

4 months is awfully old for a kitten not to be weaned. you should probably take him to a vet and have him checked out...he may well be sick.

don't give him too much, but brown up a little ground beef and give to him. most kittens go nuts over it. maybe different foods...maybe try softening the kibbles with a little water. maybe try canned food. you may want to try some of this stuff:

www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2755263&lmdn=Category

KMR 2nd Step. it's a step between bottle and solid food that's very close to formula, but meant to be lapped up rather than bottle-fed.

but most importantly...the little guy needs a vet.

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