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Kitten stopped Eating

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I'm new to your CateSite, but enjoying it a lot !! I'm a mom of two boys (11 & 13 ), a Mini Schnuazer and of course our new Kitten !

A week a go we went to a local breeder of Siamese Cats and picked up our new family member a male chocalate point kitten, we've named him Shu Linn.

Within a couple of days he had slowed and finally stopped eating and was barely drinking. We kept our eye on him and after 4 days we took him to our Vet. After his exam the vet advised us to continue to offer food including chicken, kitten food - dry and canned and fresh water.

When he hadn't improved within two days it was back to the vets. After an exam and some tests, I was given A/D Diet and KRM and a lesson in feeding a kitten via syringe !

I have been feeding him about every two hours, for the past 12 hours and he seems to "perking up". We have another vet check this morning to see how he's progressing.

We think this "illness" is a reaction to stress of moving into a new, busy household. I've been keeping the breeder up to date as she is very concerned for the kittens health.

Has anyone had a similar thing happen ? Any suggestions for getting the kitten eating again after we've got him over the immediate crisis ? I've had kittens/cats/animals all my life and I"ve never had this happen.

Bonnie
post #2 of 10
How old is this kitten? How have you made the transition between his home and yours?

Siamese are very sensitive cats that could be easily stressed by any brutal change in their life.
post #3 of 10
That does seem to be a bit unusual, given there is no disease obvious. Did he have a littermate that he was quite close to that he could be missing and grieving for? You might try rigging up a kitten carrier and carry him around next to your chest a lot to see if that comforts him.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
this little guy is 12 weeks old and not my first kitten or siamese cat. However I've never had such trouble.

my vet feels this is stress related and he also mentioned that Siamese cats are very sensitive.

He spent the day at the vets office recieving IV fluids and I/D feline food. He is doing better ( thankfully ) but will be going back tomorrow to the vet for another round of fluids.

He had blood work done and nothing was found out of the ordinary.

I'm starting to worry that there is something in my house he can't tolerate.
I get him home and he won't eat, again. I feel so bad for hi and I just don't know what else I can do for him.

bonnie
post #5 of 10
I'm sure you must feel bad for the little guy, but it sounds like you're doing all you can.

Do you think he's scared of the dog? (just a thought)
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
well the thought had also crossed my mind that it was the dog, but I really don't think so.

My dog is a small mini schnuazer and has had cats in her house before, although not a kitten.

When we came home, I left the kitten in his crate, and let the dog sniff him and him sniff her.

then we moved the kitten into a large dog kennel, which had his bed, food and a litter box. this allowed him to view the living room / kitchen where most of our activity happens.

At this point he likes the dog, curling up near her or walking over her if she's in the way.

I have not seen her chasing him or anything like that, although I suppose that can't ruled out.

bonnie
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well, it is with great sadness that I must report that my kitten passed away.

He was begining to rally, but in the end just did not have the strength to make a come back.

He died in my arms at home.

I did return his remains to my vet and asked that a necropsy be preformed to try and determine what cause the kittens death. Unfortunately no answer was found during the necropsy.

I have spoken to the kittens breeder and she will replace the kitten for us in approximately 2-3 months when a new litter becomes available.

Thank you to everyone who offered possible solutions they were all appreciated. I'll be back when our new kitten comes home.

Bonnie
post #8 of 10
Oh, you must be devastated, I'm so sorry. What a shock for that to have happened.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by fulinn View Post
Well, it is with great sadness that I must report that my kitten passed away.

He was begining to rally, but in the end just did not have the strength to make a come back.

He died in my arms at home.

I did return his remains to my vet and asked that a necropsy be preformed to try and determine what cause the kittens death. Unfortunately no answer was found during the necropsy.

I have spoken to the kittens breeder and she will replace the kitten for us in approximately 2-3 months when a new litter becomes available.

Thank you to everyone who offered possible solutions they were all appreciated. I'll be back when our new kitten comes home.

Bonnie
I'm so sorry
post #10 of 10
My God this is awfull... I am so sorry...
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