Q: My kitten is too skinny
HELP!! I'm fostering a kittens and one of them its too skinny. He is all bones and im afraid he might die. what happens is that he gets too excited and instead of drinking out of the bottle he fight with it. He almost want to swallow the bottle once i try to feed him and when its finally in his mouth, he will eat very little. His brother is doing the samething and I have notice weigth change in them. We feed them 3 times a day but he doesnt eat much. I wrap him like a tamale and then feed him, at times that works. They are 5 weeks old and have a full set of teeth but still dont want to eat soft food, help me PLEASE...
Mar 16, 2011
I would get him checked out by a vet to make sure he's not dehydrated, plus he may need some specialized nutrition. Kittens get in trouble extremely fast when they lose weight or just don't thrive. How much does he weigh? A 5-week-old kitten should weigh about 1 pound. He may need more nutrition than the formula is providing. A vet will be able to tell you for sure. They should start the weaning process at 5 weeks. That doesn't mean they should be completely weaned, but they should be showing interest in other food. To help them along with the process, you can start by putting their formula in a bowl to get them to drink from a bowl rather than a bottle. Then mix some good quality kitten food in with the formula. Gradually decrease the amount of formula. Also, when feeding them with a bottle, be sure to hold them prone. Basically keep them in the position they would be in if nursing their mother. Make sure the bottle is providing enough formula. The kittens could be fighting with the bottle because they're not getting enough formula through the nipple. The nipple shouldn't drip when the bottle is held upside down but it should drip when slight pressure is applied to the bottle. Its difficult to say for sure as there are many scenarios. I would start with a vet check. Good luck to you & the little ones.
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Mar 16, 2011
It can take kittens awhile to get use to bottle feeding. Have your vet look them over to make sure there's not some medical reason behind the fuss and if there isn't, try feeding them less amounts more frequently. 5 weeks olds I'm still feeding 4-5 times a day until they're weaned, then I decrease it to 2-3 smaller formula meals.
Like Kelly said, the kitten must be in prone position. Kittens can be very fickle up until 6 weeks, so there's always the risk of losing one even if you're doing everything right. Start putting him on A/D prescription food - you can get that from your vet. This is high protein/high calorie and it stinks so bad that cats love it. Begin by hand feeding him, just a little glob on your finger. You can enlist the help of his litter mates on this to show him what you want. Just don't feed the ones at healthy weights this on a regular basis. Once he understands how to eat, you can start putting the formula directly into the A/D to further encourage his appetite.
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Mar 15, 2011
I would say give him more feedings then the others also it sounds like he might be the runt I would call the vet and find out if he is the runt you may not have anything to worry about alot of the time the runt of the litter grows slower than the rest do but in the end it's the biggest of them all. That is how it was with my dog Skitters and my cat Teddy too. But call the vet first thing and take the kitten in or you just might loose him and that would not be good. I wish you and your foster kittens good luck!
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