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I have 2 4-5 week old kittens and I am having a very hard time teaching them to eat from a bowl. I have tried everything my vet has adi to do and some suggestions from others. Any help would be much appreciated. I am afraid they will get dehydrated because they will not take the bottle as they used to any more all they do is chew on the nipple. I figure this is because they are teething.

Chris and Rachel
post #2 of 5
Don't use a bowl, use a plate. Small kittens don't really do well with a bowl and they like to "get into" their food with gusto. Have a damp towel at the ready for clean up. Microwave the food for a few seconds to heat it up, and if they still are not interested, rub a bit of the food on their whiskers to encourage them. You are feeding wet food at first aren't you? If you are just putting dry down, unless you moisten it, they really don't care for it at that age. Good luck!
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Yes I am feeding them moist food mixed with KMR and i have made a mess of myself and the kittens many times trying to wipe some on there whiskers hehe. What i am doing now is trying to put a short heavy plate in the bathtub i am keeping them in for now and letting them find it themselves. About every 4 hrs or so i have been letting them come out and trying to get them to eat while they are exploring for a hr or so so hopefully they will get the idea I even let one of my older cats eat from the plate so they can watch but to no avail. Anyway ill keep trying they gotta eat sooner or later i hope
post #4 of 5
Well they are a bit young still. Try this recipe and see if it doesn't work. You can get canned goats milk at a good grocery store. It is usually in the baking section and comes as a powder.

1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin
1 12 oz can goat's milk
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
3 teaspoons clear karo syrup
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 egg (optional)

Boil water, mix in gelatin. Add other ingredients and mix with beater or blender. Serve warm or chilled.
post #5 of 5
I know what you mean aboutr chewing on that bottle! We have fostered some rescued kittens at a young age, and I remember being upset at first about the lack of gusto for feeding. I also tried some regular babyfood - the meat kind like chicken and have had success with that. Let us know how they are doing!
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