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Mama looks so skinny

post #1 of 16
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Mama kitty looks so thin. She's about a year old. And when she eats she eats lol. Meaning ALOT of food. Is this normal? Like with people after they have a baby they lose all that baby fat lol.
post #2 of 16
I saw a mother cat with one of her kittens at the shelter I volunteer at and she was very thin. They have her on adult food and if your mommy cat is very thin and eating and still not gaining weight there might be something else that's causing it. When did she have her litter? Weeks? days?

If it was very recent then it might take her awhile to get her to gain weight as a female adult cat has gone through alot after having a litter so time might be the answer but I would take her to the vet just to make sure and tell your vet what food you are giving her. Then he will let you know what amount to give her.

Good luck and I hope your mommy kitty gets better with her weight.
post #3 of 16
Yes, it is normal ... feed her the best, high-quality kitten food in both canned and dry that you can afford and offer her as much as she will eat as often as she wants. She will soon build her resources back up, but a really good nutritional plan is best for her now. Best of luck,

~gf~
post #4 of 16
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Well I am feeding her pro plan dry kitten food and Nutro kitten wet food. She's a foster cat and my director thinks it may be tapeworms. Anyone else agree?
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Taffygirl_2005
I saw a mother cat with one of her kittens at the shelter I volunteer at and she was very thin. They have her on adult food and if your mommy cat is very thin and eating and still not gaining weight there might be something else that's causing it. When did she have her litter? Weeks? days?

If it was very recent then it might take her awhile to get her to gain weight as a female adult cat has gone through alot after having a litter so time might be the answer but I would take her to the vet just to make sure and tell your vet what food you are giving her. Then he will let you know what amount to give her.

Good luck and I hope your mommy kitty gets better with her weight.
She gave birth about 7 wks ago..
post #6 of 16
awww newly babies......best advice is..if you r really worried about it.take her to the vet
post #7 of 16
If it is tapeworm, you should be able to see worms segments in her feces. Or if you see what looks like dried rice on the floor, that is also an indicator.

As far as helping to build strength and weight back up, I have been giving Saffy a saucer of the KMR kitten formula every day. She seems to enjoy it. Whenever I feed the kittens I give her what is left. (Let someone else tell you if this is a correct thing to do or not, mine has had several surguries in the last couple of weeks and at first KMR was the only thing she would take in.)
post #8 of 16
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Yea I don't see anything in her stool. We dewormed her though when we dewormed her kittens. Oh god she loves wet food. Tonight I had to open up two cans she wouldn't let her kittens eat it lol
post #9 of 16
I think offering a little KMR is fine - I like to mix a little in with the wet kitten food for my Lexus girl as she is nursing - she is a little gravy-sucker and just loves it. *grin* The soupier the better for her.
post #10 of 16
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I think offering a little KMR is fine - I like to mix a little in with the wet kitten food for my Lexus girl as she is nursing - she is a little gravy-sucker and just loves it. *grin* The soupier the better for her.
Ok silly question here. What is KMR?
post #11 of 16
Kitten Milk Replacer. It is available at most pet stores in both powdered and ready-made formulas. I like the powdered myself but your mileage with it may vary.
post #12 of 16
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Kitten Milk Replacer. It is available at most pet stores in both powdered and ready-made formulas. I like the powdered myself but your mileage with it may vary.

Will that have the mama put weight on?
post #13 of 16
It should help. My foster cat was a rack of bones, too. Sugartoes had given birth to three litters within 6 months. I am still feeding her kitten food, although now she is getting into my cats food, and eating regular cat food too. She is putting on weight slowly, now that she is recovered from the spay, and no longer feeding any kittens.

Mine were also wormy, but we wormed her with the kittens, like you did.
post #14 of 16
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Yea took her to the vet today and he said her weight lose could be due to giving birth a while ago or tapeworms. So we had her treated for that. She only weighs 6lbs
post #15 of 16
Poor little thing. My momma cat couldn't keep the weight on until the kittens finally stopped nursing. She got really sick and only weighed about 5 pounds. Now she weighs 8 pounds 12 ounces!
post #16 of 16
Lexus did the same thing after her first litter. But with a good diet and care, she bounced back quickly.
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