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What to feed 5 month old kitten?

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I have a 5 month old kitten who only weighs 2.7 pounds. She's sick on and off and has gone blind recently. She does eat but nothing that would put "meat" on her bones. She stopped growing, too. Any suggestions on what I can feed her that will put weight on her? I don't want to get her fat but some padding would be nice.

Thanks.
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Has this cat been to the vet to find out what is causeing the blindness and failure to thrive??? If so what did the vet say is wrong???
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She's been to the vet on and off ever since she was 2 weeks old. She lost sight in her right eye from her mother smacking her and clawed the surface. Scar tissue grew over it and that's how she lost sight. She gets URI's a lot and her vet said she's a carrier so with her stress level going up and down the rhino-virus keeps popping up all the time. As for her other eye, the left one, he's unsure as to what happend. It got cloudy under the surface and just spread from there. She's been on eye meds for most of her life trying to keep the cloudiness from spreading but it finally took over. All in all she is healthy. She plays, sleeps, purrs, uses the box and eats but can't seem to keep on the weight. She's on liquid vitamins the vet gave me but I was hoping to add to it with a good/great kitten food. Right now I'm switching her over to Iams kitten food because a friend who breeds Persians swears by it for kittens.
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If she is on grocery food the Iams is a step up ... But I would actually look at a higher protein and fat food like Royal canin and it would be easier to digest .,.

I hope some of the others chime in on this , but I would suggest looking into and talking with your vet about L Lysine and possibley Nutri cal
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They would have the Royal Canin at Petsmart? I hope they do. What help would the L Lysine and Nutri Cal be? More nutrients to help her out? I've never had a skitty cat/kitten before so all this is new to me. Thank you for your help.
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Originally Posted by ChrissyR View Post
They would have the Royal Canin at Petsmart? I hope they do. What help would the L Lysine and Nutri Cal be? More nutrients to help her out? I've never had a skitty cat/kitten before so all this is new to me. Thank you for your help.
I think L-Lysine would be really good for her to be on. She needs all the extra nutrients she can get. I would suggest Royal Canin too, I have heard good things about it and I know Sharky knows what she's talking about. Iams is not a very good quality of food. I wish it wasn't so promoted by vets and shelters and everything. Good luck with her!
post #7 of 8
L-Lysine is good for kitties with chronic viral infections. It helps to suppress the virus. You'd need to talk to your vet about the correct doses. Many vets carry L-lysine in gel form, or you can get tablets at Walmart or other stores and crush them, then measure out the correct dosage.

Nutrical is available at Petsmart. It's a calorie and nutritional supplement.

And good quality food can make a big difference in health too. Sharky knows what she's talking about and I've heard lots of good stuff about Royal Canin. It is available at Petsmart.
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I picked up the Royal Canin Babycat formula for her and an under 4 month old kitten we have. He's fine but I figure it can't hurt either of them to be on it. Wookies vet recommended Nutro Kitten wet food if I wanted her on wet, too. I picked up 2 pouches of that. Also, when I asked him about the L Lysine and Nutrical he told me the vitamins he has her on is more then enough. The stuff is called Stat and sorta smells like vanilla.
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