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8week old kitten

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Floki, May 20, 2020.


  1. Floki

    Floki PetForums Newbie

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    Hiya
    We bought an 8week old kitten 2days ago, and since then he won't eat much, and I'm just a tad concerned.
    The breeder said that this is normal, and to just be patient and not to worry.
    His breeder gave him normal milk to drink, which I found odd,and had gotten kitten formula for him.we also bought the food the breeder said he was eating.
    I'm just worried that we are doing him more harm than good.
    Please help a a 1st time kitten muma.
     
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    @Floki
    Hi,
    Poor fellow. Yes, normal milk you are right should not be given. If he is not eating solid food, I would be suspicious that he is under eight weeks.
    The person who sold him to you sounds like a back yard breeder unfortunately.
    Hopefully, @QOTN or @chillminx or another user may have advice for such a young kitten.
     
  3. Floki

    Floki PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for this
    He is on solids seemingly, don't get me wrong, he has eaten, drank milk(kitten milk) and water, but just not much? I'm not sure how much portion wise he should intake per meal. Xx
     
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    Hi,
    Kittens usually eat a lot and should be allowed to eat as much as they want. It is best not to give too many choices but introduce new foods slowly.
    Wet food is better for cats than dry.
    I would leave food out for him and let him go back and forth as he wants.
    Also as he is so young and the breeder does not seem the best, I would bring him in to the vet for a check up. The vet can estimate his age and get him on a schedule for vaccines and worming.
     
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    Floki PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you
    I called the vet yesterday, to ask him to be checked over, and they said that routine stuff is off the table just now.
    I think I will try another vet today, as I'd rather have him checked over x
     
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    That's a good idea. Tell the vet you are worried about if he is eating enough and his overall health. Stress that he is very young.
     
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    Floki PetForums Newbie

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    Thabks.
    I've got him booked in for 3.30 today, he's such a wee toot, and don't want anything happening to him x
     
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    I'm not a professional by any means but we got our kitten at 8 weeks just over 2 weeks ago. He also didn't eat much for the first 2-3 days (though he did eat some) and I think it was just him settling in as since then he has been totally fine, clearing or nearly clearing his meals. We did weigh him every other day for the first week to make sure he was putting on weight, and then twice weekly since. He has been seen by the vet to get his 9 week vaccines too and they gave him a full health check at the same time, and he is totally fine. We feed him 4x a day at the recommended max for 2-3month old kittens and give him a bit extra whenever he finishes a meal (which isn't every time).

    I've read they should weigh about 100g per week of their life so your kitten should be ideally at least 800-900g by now to give you a rough idea.

    As an aside a lot of people here would say 8 weeks is too young for a kitten to be away from his mum (which after reading lots of posts her I think is probably true) but if you already have him it's too late for that so you just need to do your best now for the kitten. Let us know how he gets on at the vets.
     
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    How did the vets go?

    It's normal for kittens taken away from mum too young to not eat much in their first few days at home. Keep offering, little and often, and put the food in a place the kitten doesn't feel frightened or exposed.

    I would say 800-900g at this age is quite small, at 8 weeks they should be well over a kilo.
     
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    He was given worming medication, and flea treatment, and stuff in his ears. The vet said to get a selection of single meals, and keep trying til we find one he likes.
    The "breeder" was feeding him kitten whiskas, which the vet said to stop.
    So, got a few tins of applaws stuff, 1st tin I put out, he's straight too!
    He's 825, so under for a kitten of his age by what I'm reading here. If he's no better by Friday, I've to take him back to the vets. She said he is healthy, just a few kinks to sort out flea/worm/ear wise. X
     
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    Oh I didn't know that about the weight, thank you! Our wee guy was about 830g as well when we got him, though at 10 weeks he's now a little under 1.1kg so gaining well I think.
     
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    Good to hear the vet was helpful! Did they think he was 8 weeks old or younger? Just watch, when I was researching brands of wet to change Ash onto I think I remember Applaws wet isn't a complete food (so doesn't have everything in it a kitten needs if they ate solely that), I would just double check the tin to make sure.
     
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    Ok, cool, I'll have a look, thank you x
     
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    Hi,
    Yes, as @Jen8971 said, the Applaws tins are not complete foods. Applaws does make pate that is complete.
    Try if you can find Animonda baby pate.
    For young kittens you don't want to give too many different foods but find one he does well on and slowly introduce others.
    For my adult cats I give several brands and textures but for kittens I stick to one brand at first.
    I agree that Whiskas is not a good food.
     
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    When I got my kitten at 9 weeks old, she weighed 1.2kg which the vet said was a good weight for her age, she ate from the moment we got her home, always has.
     
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    That's fantastic,Thanks for the advice?
     
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    Floki PetForums Newbie

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    A wee update! He's not stopped eating or playing since got home from the vets! So relieved! Thank you all for listening to me xx
     
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    So pleased about that, it was the "settling in" period, it must be a huge shock for them when they are first taken away from the mums & brothers & sisters, My kitten didn't bother at all, straight in the house, she had a good scratch, a good look round then started meowing , she then wanted food, she is very vocal even now.
     
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