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newly adopted kitten won't eat

post #1 of 7
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So, I guess this is a common problem, but I am still concerned. My roommate and I just adopted two kittens. Hers is a little younger (about 8 weeks) and although she has been very nervous and still cries a lot, she eats like a horse! On the other hand, I think mine is a few weeks older and she has adjusted just fine, purrs like crazy, explores the house, no problem.

But she hasn't eaten at all since I brought her home two days ago. And when I picked her out at the shelter she was suckling on momma, although she was a little too old to still be doing so. She refuses both dry and wet food, although I haven't tried a "soupy" mixture with formula yet. SO, at what point do I try to syringe feed her, if at all? When should I get really worried and maybe take her to the vet?
post #2 of 7
Two days IMO is to long without food. I would try the soupy food and maybe dab a little bit on the edge of her nose to make sure she can smell it. She may lick it off as as well and it will kick start her want of food. Maybe.

Otherwise at the very least give your vet a call. they can advise you if you need to bring the little one in or not.
post #3 of 7
Find out what they were feeding her at the shelter and try giving her some of that. If she eats that then you can switch her over to a better food in stages over a week or two..
post #4 of 7
But she hasn't eaten at all since I brought her home two days ago. And when I picked her out at the shelter she was suckling on momma, although she was a little too old to still be doing so. She refuses both dry and wet food, although I haven't tried a "soupy" mixture with formula yet.

Two days is definitely two days too long without food for such a little one. If she was still nursing her mother when you picked her up at the shelter maybe a bit of KMR on some wet food mixed with dry would tempt her to eat. Hope she starts eating soon & has many years of good health -- congratulations on your new furry baby
post #5 of 7
Try putting a little chicken baby food on it!!!
post #6 of 7
Baby food is a good idea. My litter is 10 weeks old. They go crazy for scraps of chicken. I do not recommend feeding her scraps all the time, but at least to get a little food in. Also, I know of a siamese breeder that feeds her babies a chicken broth soup, just make sure there are no oions. Oions are extremely poisionious to cats.
post #7 of 7
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well, she refused all of the many many MANY different combos of food i offered her. i mean i tried baby food, formula, tuna, salmon, chicken, fortified kitten food, and nothing! (but thanks for the many suggestions!) so i took her to the vet and it turned out she had bacteria in her GI tract that were probably upsetting her stomach. so after one day on antibiotics she started eating on her own! and surprise surprise, despite the multiple expensive foods i bought her, she likes hard food. so now i have a ton of kitten food (and baby food!) that she won't eat! go figure. if only i could now get her to stop peeing on my bed when i have to work all day! but i am a MUCH happier momma right now. thanks for all your help!
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