TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Pregnant Cats and Kitten Care › Kitten doesn't seem to be growing
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Kitten doesn't seem to be growing

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
One of my cats had 3 kittens almost two months ago. Two died after 3 weeks. After about a month the mother's milk bag dired up. I started feeding the remaining kitten kitten glop, but she didn't really care for it. I've been feeding her wet cat food lately. It's the Wiskas pouches. She loves it, but she doesn't seem to be growing. What am I doing wrong?
post #2 of 16
Are you feed the kitten wet kitten food cuz I thought Wiskas was for Adult cats.
post #3 of 16
She needs to be fed as much premium kitten food as she will eat. Whiskas pouches are very low quality and will not promote good health in any cat.

Beyond that, she needs to see a vet who will determine how she is doing overall and identify any problems.
post #4 of 16
Try to get her Royal Cannin Baby Cat 34 or Nurtro. You can get it at Petsmart. I suggest to get her to try to eat dry. It is much better for their teeth and digestion. If any of my siamese have wet they have the worst bowel movements. Mix the dry food in water at first.
You should see a significant weight gain after two weeks.
post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by megmar6853
Try to get her Royal Cannin Baby Cat 34 or Nurtro. You can get it at Petsmart. I suggest to get her to try to eat dry. It is much better for their teeth and digestion. If any of my siamese have wet they have the worst bowel movements. Mix the dry food in water at first.
You should see a significant weight gain after two weeks.
This is actually not quite true. Cats don't gnaw on dry food, they crunch once and swallow. It doesn't clean their teeth at all, actually it makes them worse because of the carbohydrates. It's just like when you eat crackers or dry cereal - you want to brush your teeth afterward because it gets stuck in there. And dry food is full of grain, which cats aren't meant to digest. Dry food is nothing like a cat's natural diet.

Cats came from the desert and are meant to get most of their water from food. They don't get thirsty enough to make them drink all the water they need. This is a big reason why so many cats have urinary stones and so many middle aged cats have kidney disease.
post #6 of 16
My cats get terrible runny stools from all wet food. All of my mentors have all said that dry is the only way to go.
post #7 of 16
I have to agree with semiferal here ... the points she brings up are excellent ones and the only thing I have to add is to expand on the "dry food is full of grain, which cats aren't meant to digest. Dry food is nothing like a cat's natural diet" part ... grains (such as corn and rice) rank higher on the glycemic index - a table of numberic values for foods where the higher the index number, the more sugar the food item produces when broken down - and when cats are fed a mostly dry food diet, their blood glucose values are higher. I do not have any medical evidence to back this up, but I believe that feeding a mostly dry food diet to cats is a contributing factor to the raging incidence of feline diabetes.

~gf~
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all your suggestions. I'm going shoping for a better food today.
post #9 of 16
My vet told me to feed dry food only... he said canned food isn't all that good for them, that it's to please the owners needs, not the cats. Yes, the cats like the taste of the canned food, but it's mainly to please owners, because they feel like they're giving their cats treats and spoiling them. So, we give my cats and kittens dry food. Though, when the kittens are little, I give canned food, so they will eat. Mine wouldn't eat canned food though... only the dry. But it works for me!

My vet recommended either Iams, Eukanuba, or Science Diet. I feed my kittens Iams.
post #10 of 16
I would definately recommend higher quality kitten food to help your kitten reach its full growth. Wet food is very palatable and easy for kittens to eat and not nearly as bad for the teeth as most people think. In fact the additional water in wet fo od is very good for feline urinary tracts and kidneys!
post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by megmar6853
Try to get her Royal Cannin Baby Cat 34 or Nurtro. You can get it at Petsmart. I suggest to get her to try to eat dry. It is much better for their teeth and digestion. If any of my siamese have wet they have the worst bowel movements. Mix the dry food in water at first.
You should see a significant weight gain after two weeks.
Not true. Dry food tends to rot the teeth worse then anything else. Also,the grain in dry is impossible to digest as cats are true carnivores and cannot digest grain. If you don't feed an all meat home made diet then a high quality canned (with no grain products or fillers) is the best way to go.
post #12 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by gayef
I have to agree with semiferal here ... the points she brings up are excellent ones and the only thing I have to add is to expand on the "dry food is full of grain, which cats aren't meant to digest. Dry food is nothing like a cat's natural diet" part ... grains (such as corn and rice) rank higher on the glycemic index - a table of numberic values for foods where the higher the index number, the more sugar the food item produces when broken down - and when cats are fed a mostly dry food diet, their blood glucose values are higher. I do not have any medical evidence to back this up, but I believe that feeding a mostly dry food diet to cats is a contributing factor to the raging incidence of feline diabetes.

~gf~
BINGO!
post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by CJandBilly
My vet told me to feed dry food only... he said canned food isn't all that good for them, that it's to please the owners needs, not the cats. Yes, the cats like the taste of the canned food, but it's mainly to please owners, because they feel like they're giving their cats treats and spoiling them. So, we give my cats and kittens dry food.
It sound like your vet is really trying hard to stay in business if you know what I mean
post #14 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by bengalbabe
It sound like your vet is really trying hard to stay in business if you know what I mean
Oh, he's an excellent vet, and I trust his word. I have heard a lot of controversy over this subject a lot, mainly here on TCS... it's just a matter of opinion, IMO.
post #15 of 16
if you have trouble getting the kitten to eat the food you choose than i would mix a bit of what it likes with the other and each feeding mix less and less ..... you could even try and mix a bit of kmr milk replacer with the food and see if that helps.....

my kittens are about the same age....i am giving them the same canned food i fed to momma cat...i mix a small amount of water and they take it wonderfully....the kitten im keeping is the only one who will not eat anything other than mommas milk ha ha....

i know as they grow i plan on getting the solid kitten food and mixing it with their canned ....until they are completely on solid.....

please watch out though.....if momma cat is eating solid and her food is out ...please make sure kittens can not get to it........i almost lost a kitten that way...it started choking and momma didnt know what to do so i stepped in and cleared its throat.........so now its where only momma cat can get to it


GOOD LUCK!!!
post #16 of 16
I know that there is a debate on both sides. I think that it is the owners personal decision. My vet says dry and my mentor says dry. So, I feed dry. I think that whichever food your cat grows up on is fine. I use Royal Cannin which is one of the highest quality foods. All of my cats are healthy. My nine year old siamese has been eating dry his entire life and is perfectly healthy.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Pregnant Cats and Kitten Care
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Pregnant Cats and Kitten Care › Kitten doesn't seem to be growing