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Kitten underweight?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Seb_the_Siamese, May 6, 2020.

  1. Seb_the_Siamese

    Seb_the_Siamese PetForums Junior

    Apr 26, 2020
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    Hi everyone - hope you're all keeping well/safe

    I have been in constant contact with the breeder of my (to be) Siamese baby boy, have heard today that he weighs 650g as a 9 and a half week old (male) kitten. From my reading - this seems to be very low to me? From photos of his with his litter mates from about 4 weeks he always seems to have been smaller but I feel like the difference has gotten larger recently? Could anyone advise? I could send photos if that would help! If he is underweight should I be worried about taking him - the breeder said he should put on the weight he is lacking and grow to a normal size but I'm not so sure.

    Thanks :)
  2. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

    Jan 26, 2012
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    That is small. I've looked back through my records and I've only had one kitten that was almost that small at that age, and she had had some setbacks, and by the time she left at 14 weeks she was still petite and probably always will be. However the cat in my avatar looked like a 9-week old kitten when I got her at 13 weeks, and she did grow into a normal size cat. Photos don't really help as we can't feel the kitten to see if he is simply small but an appropriate weight, or underweight for his size. And of course at the moment you can't visit to find out for yourself.

    From your food thread, this is a 'breeder' who is letting the kitten go at 9 weeks old rather than 13, and he may well not be fully weaned yet, though I see that seems to have passed you by in the food thread.

    I would certainly worry about a small kitten leaving at 9 weeks. At that age mine are all feeding from their mother as well as usually eating wet food.
    #2 OrientalSlave, May 7, 2020
    Last edited: May 7, 2020
  3. spotty cats

    spotty cats PetForums VIP

    Jul 24, 2012
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    The breeder should be keeping him until he's a proper weight and healthy enough to be rehomed.

    I would walk away from this byb and find a reputable, registered breeder.
  4. Rufus15

    Rufus15 Banned

    Dec 4, 2015
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    Yes, walk away and go to a registered, responsible breeder instead of supporting a backyard breeder continuing to breed unwell kittens.
    spotty cats likes this.
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