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Kitten won't eat solids help!?

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by Purrrrfect, May 14, 2010.


  1. Purrrrfect

    Purrrrfect PetForums VIP

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    The kitten i am hand rearing is refusing solids.
    He spits it out every time i shovel some in his mouth.
    I am feeding him Whiskers kitten mixed with Lactol.
    Any help to get him eating would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.
     
  2. Elmstar

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    How old is he?
     
  3. Purrrrfect

    Purrrrfect PetForums VIP

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    He's around 36 days old now.
    Iv'e been trying most of the week to feed him solids.
    But he is having none of it. :( :confused1:
     
  4. Elmstar

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    Try him with some raw mince, it tends to have more smell and we find youngsters are happier with that. Alternatively try something like Hi-Life which has more meat than Whiskas. Once he starts eating that you should be OK to switch him if you want.
     
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    Thank you very much for that advise
    I will try him at his next feed.
     
  6. billyboysmammy

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    so he's around 5 weeks?

    I'll echo elmstars post, but add that sometimes they need a bit more encouragement to start eating and a syringe might be necessary. See how he gets on over the next day or two (some kittens dont want to wean until around 6 weeks so you have a little window of time yet), and if no luck you might need to syringe feed him until he grasps the whole idea of eating properly.

    Another tip is to start giving him part of his milk feeds in a saucer (before you bottle feed him), to encourage him to start taking it for himself.
     
  7. Purrrrfect

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    Thank you for that hunni, He took some milk from a bowl
    after i dabbed his mouth in it and Iv'e managed to get s
    ome food down him via syringe.
    I swapped between the bottle and the syringe.
    I have just noticed he is a little blue around the mouth.
    I have heated up a microwave heat pad to add to his
    bed along with the hot water bottle in case it's
    because he's cold. I will check on him between feeds
    to see how he's doing. he better not give up
    on me now we've come this far. :(
     
  8. doliglwt

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    Sounds like you are doing a fantastic job :thumbup: and you just need to be brave for another few days.

    What I always do once they take the formula that they're used to from a saucer, is put some mince in the milk. They love it once they chew on some mince accidentally!

    Good luck and big hugs to the kitten.
    K.xxx
     
  9. becbec31

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    My last lot were quite reluctant to wean. I eventually managed to find something they were interested in. Tinned Salmon, obviously with all bones removed, i mixed it with a bit of Kitten milk not loads just a bit, took some of the mixture and blended it with a handblender and using a syringe got them to eat a bit so they got the taste and smell and then within a few days they were happy to feed for themselves. Also i brought some plain white fish fillets (cheap frozen ones) and cooked them and they loved that, i find mine prefer fishy smelling things.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
     
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