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Help! My 4.5 month old kitten is suddenly eating less?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Kyaviana, Sep 2, 2019.


  1. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    Hello! I rescued my kitten when he was 5 weeks old and from the very beginning he’s always vacuumed up his food. He’s never been fed dry kibble, I feed him Wellness Kitten wet food (I’m located in the US) four times a day. Up until last week, he was eating around 9-12 ounces a day.

    Suddenly he’s only eating about 4-6 ounces of food per day and doesn’t beg for his food anymore- but is otherwise acting normal. His poops look good, he’s playful and his fur is still soft. What’s going on? Is he just sick of his food or should I take him to the vet? I’m afraid to switch his food because I know Wellness Kitten is the best kitten food out there in the US and last time I tried anything else he got diarrhea

    I’m a first time kitten owner so perhaps I’m just worried for no reason, please also let me know!

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    My sweet goofball
     

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  3. BarneyBobCat

    BarneyBobCat Slave to an AcroCat

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    If he is behaving normally, playful and going to the toilet normal then I would say its probably nothing to worry about but keep your eye on him. We had a heatwave in the UK recently and most of our cats started eating less - has it been warm in the US?

    You could always call the vets for advice
     
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    Bertie'sMum Obedient Cat Slave

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    Does he go out at all ? Could a "kind" neighbour be feeding him thinking he might be a stray ? Cats are opportunists and if he does go out then it's possible that he may have found someone else to feed him :eek: Alternatively he may just be bored with Wellness so it might be worthwhile adding another brand to his menu.
     
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    He might have some toothache from teething. I would advise adding other brands into his food, but do it gradually and slowly, not much at a time, and see if he takes to them.
     
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  6. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    It’s been pretty hot but I always keep the AC on! Does the heatwave affect them regardless?
     
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  7. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    Haha he doesn’t go out at all! I’ll definitely go out today and pick up another brand of kitten food, any suggestions?
     
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  8. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    Thank you! I was wondering if he was teething as well!
     
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  9. BarneyBobCat

    BarneyBobCat Slave to an AcroCat

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    Teething could be it. Have you noticed blood on his gums after chewing toys? That's how we worked out barney was teething. Then I saw a tooth ping out of his mouth when eating!
     
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  10. Kyaviana

    Kyaviana PetForums Junior

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    Nope I haven’t seen any blood! Can teething make it difficult for him to eat even wet food? I’ve only been feeding him pate
     
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  11. BarneyBobCat

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    I would think so. Their gums will be quite painful
     
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