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Is my kitten over eating?

post #1 of 3
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Hello every one.
About four days ago I found a 3-4 wk old kitten in the alley by my house. She was left in a box without food and had endured a bit of bad weather.

Anyways, to make a long story short, I've been keeping her since that day and she seems to eat like there is no tomorrow. I figured she would eat like a pig the first day but not for four days. Now she looks very fat and I'm afraid she's eating herself to death.

Is it okay to see this kind of gain in weight/size after only a couple days? I don't think she's constipated because she poops all the time.

Any input would be appreciated.
post #2 of 3
First of all, you deserve a lot of praise for caring for this kitten. So give yourself a pat on the back!

It's not surprising that she's eating the way that she has been since you took her in. Who knows where the mother cat is and how long she has apparently been separated from her. A 3-4 week old kitten ideally shouldn't even be getting food from any other source but her mother, so she was more than likely malnourished when you found her. So you can't blame her for taking full advantage of the new food supply.

You had mentioned that she "looks very fat." My guess is that's because she has worms, not because she's overeating. Worms cause that bloated look that you seem to be seeing. She needs to go to the vet for a full examination and a dewormer.

Most cats are able to self-regulate their food intake. Kittens should be given pretty much as much food as they want because they are growing at a rapid weight and need a tremendous amount of food during this stage.

Kittens should be fed a food specifically designed for kittens, so that they receive the appropriate level of protein and fat. If she really is only 3-4 weeks old though, I'm pretty surprised that she's even willing to eat canned or dry food because again, she should be nursing almost exclusively from her mother. What have you been feeding her, out of curiosity? And how often?
post #3 of 3
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I've been giving her canned food. I tried milk, and kitten formula but she didn't like it. I wasn't sure what else to try cause i've never done this kind of thing before. I might also be a little off about the age, 3 to 4 weeks was just a rough estimate from the pet store people.

What does a de-worming usually cost and how long does it take? How soon does it need to be done? I will get it done as soon as I get paid but I need to find the cat a new home asap.

Then again, although I am enjoying the cats temporary stay at my home, it's probably better to take her to the humane society first thing in the morning. I found a place that will take in strays and orphaned kittens and they don't put them down. At least then she can get proper care right away. I feel as though I may be doing more damage than help. Thanks for the advice.
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