Hello! I have a kitten that was rescued with mama and siblings at 1 week old. This kitten I have had to bottle feed since 3 weeks of age. She is finally gaining weight! YAY! In fact, last week she weighed .4 pounds, and this week she tipped the scales at 1.1 pounds! Anyway, she is now 7 weeks old and, although the vet is not concerned, I am. She refuses to even try any food, or lick any formula. She isn't even drinking water! Thank heavens she's using the litter box. All the same, no matter what I try she won't touch anything that isn't in a bottle. How can I convince her to try to eat? Also, she doesn't clean herself at all. It's not unusual to have her fur all hard and poop stuck to her bottom. I have to wash her with a wash cloth all the time and I'm giving her baths which I really don't like to do because she's so little (she also has a touch of upper respiratory). She's on amoxi drops for that. Please, any suggestions would be great.
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5/6/05 at 5:01pm