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post #1 of 19
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No luck today with weaning the kittens....

Boris decided its more fun to walk in the food rather than eat it!

post #2 of 19
gives a new definition to "meaty paws"
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
yep! haha!

My carpet smells of tuna . I think I'll try chicken kitten food next time...bit less stinky.
post #4 of 19
I'd put the dish in a small dish set inside a pie pan in a corner (with some sort of placemat under it) or feed them in a bathroom or other non-carpeted area. Kittens are messy eaters, and the corner placement should make walking through it to get from points A to B less attractive. Either that, or I'd set their food down in a big box with high sides, put the food in the corner of that, and cut holes in the sides so that they can get in.
post #5 of 19
Hi Minxie,

They are funny aren't they, mine were playing in the clean litter tray today, kicking the litter around every where.
post #6 of 19
try the lid to a little bowl. Maybe the bowl seems like a toy.
post #7 of 19
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Tried the lid thing - they were not interested. I'll keep trying this week. Mum cat does feed them still of course, but sometimes she gets up and walks away after a minute or so and pushes them away from her when they run up to her for more milk.

They are getting enough milk from mum though as their weight is increasing as it should be.
post #8 of 19
In time I think they will eat. I wouldn't push it, but it is nice to introduce it
post #9 of 19
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In a way, its good...a few more days of a clean litter tray!
post #10 of 19
That is so true. Also I think the bond from mom to child or kitten is priceless.
post #11 of 19
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You're right momof3rugratz - how is Skittles?
post #12 of 19
She is being a poop today. She is playful actually climbed on the back of couch and pulled my hair. Then chased the puppy out of the kitchen and hit her on the butt. Baby let out a loud cry I though she hurt her, but I guess she is playing. She just used her hand but the puppy was scared. Skittles is bigger then her LOL The dog does as Skittles tells her to. She trys to clean herself alot but she can't I used a wipe on her.
post #13 of 19
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Well if she has got the dog under her control, she'll be great with the kittens!!
post #14 of 19
That she does. Her tail was wagging so I doubt she was trying to hurt the dog right...
post #15 of 19
Sounds like your momma is ready for the kittens to be weaned. My foster momma shows no sign of that (and they have got to be about 5 weeks old now). I have taken to putting several dishes of wet food down to give the kittens a chance to test it out, if not momma shovels it down too fast and doesn't give them a chance.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Renny
Sounds like your momma is ready for the kittens to be weaned. My foster momma shows no sign of that (and they have got to be about 5 weeks old now). I have taken to putting several dishes of wet food down to give the kittens a chance to test it out, if not momma shovels it down too fast and doesn't give them a chance.

What works for some is seperating hoover-mommy from the kittens momentarily while you have them try the food.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042
What works for some is seperating hoover-mommy from the kittens momentarily while you have them try the food.
Hoover mom!! That's exactly what she is. Unfortunately momma is untouchable (though i'm trying to earn her trust), so i'll have to wait till she decides she's ready to let them eat....or else feed her to bursting and then bring in some for the kits! lol
post #18 of 19
Oy...My first litter of kits..I tried for days to get him to eat...He wouldn't of course. Later on (like a week later) I found out he was sneaking his mom's dry food when I wasn't looking...Since then I've left most of the actual weaning to their instincts and of course to the mother cat and the curiosity of the kittens.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Nagichan
Oy...My first litter of kits..I tried for days to get him to eat...He wouldn't of course. Later on (like a week later) I found out he was sneaking his mom's dry food when I wasn't looking...Since then I've left most of the actual weaning to their instincts and of course to the mother cat and the curiosity of the kittens.

You were bang on with that one. I just caught Annabelle stealing her mom's temptations (night time treat to coax her back into the enclosure for the night!). Shouldn't have worried.
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