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6 Wk Old Kitten Won't Eat Solid Food

post #1 of 12
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She doesn't seem interested in solid food at all. I've tried giving her canned, solid moistened with goat's milk, solid moistened with water... nothing works. She just doesn't want it.

She's still nursing and she continues to gain weight (she weighs 1.6 lbs - is that normal?) but I think she should be eating some solid by now.
post #2 of 12
I have two 6week old kittens as well and they are much lighter than yours. Mine are 6oz and 8oz. So you must be doing soemthing right. I think my kittys are underweight. good luck. By the way....how is your litter box training going? mine seem to go everywhere BUT the litter box. ?? so weird.
post #3 of 12
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Wow, she's a little fatty! I didn't realize!

She only started using her litterbox 2 days ago and I've only caught her going outside it once (mid flow so I picked her up and put her in there!). She hasn't had a solid bowel movement to the best of my knowledge though.

Good luck getting yours to use the box! Are yours still with their mom? I put a small foil pan next to Momma's regular litter box. I guess she's learning by example.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by MrsMeowgi
She doesn't seem interested in solid food at all. I've tried giving her canned, solid moistened with goat's milk, solid moistened with water... nothing works. She just doesn't want it.

She's still nursing and she continues to gain weight (she weighs 1.6 lbs - is that normal?) but I think she should be eating some solid by now.
1.6 IB is normal for a 6 week old kitten. Last year my 6 week old kitten refuse solid food, so I decided that I would put wet food (the gravy part) on her lips and paws 3 or 4 times a day. She hated it, but I did not give up. She finally graduated from her mom's milk to solid foods at 10 1/2 weeks. She ate wet food, finally, at 8 weeks. MCARBONE4 your right your kittens are under weight, if you could, you might want to give them KMR to boast their weight up a bit.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by mcarbone4
I have two 6week old kittens as well and they are much lighter than yours. Mine are 6oz and 8oz. So you must be doing soemthing right. I think my kittys are underweight. good luck. By the way....how is your litter box training going? mine seem to go everywhere BUT the litter box. ?? so weird.
If these kittens are without their mom, sometimes the best thing to do is confine them in a dog crate with food/water and litter. Kittens, like babies, don't always know when they need to go so the idea is to provide them less area to roam in so that they are forced to use the litterbox. Once they get that down..you can expand the area that they are allowed in..but make sure to give them several litterbox options (small aluminum cooking pans are great). Also, it is best not to use clumping litter at this age...but instead use a bio-degradable brand (like Feline Pine).

Also..if these are orphaned kittens...this is a really great site:

http://www.kitten-rescue.com

Katie
post #6 of 12
I have never done this, so I'm sure others know better, but I would think the momma will eventually cut him off and he will go eat what she eats, like a big cat, when he gets hungry?
post #7 of 12
Mine were eating solid food (KITTEN food...for kittens) at exactly 6 weeks. For the others than weren't eating, whenever they got hungry I filled a bowl with KMR and they drink it up like crazy.
post #8 of 12
it took mine a while to get the hang of it. i had to eventually put a little on their lips or paws and then once they licked it off and realized it was good they just started eating it on their own. good luck!
post #9 of 12
Okay, I have been working with my six week old kittys for a while and I think I have 2-3 of them interested in soft food. The problem I'm having is mother kitty wants to eat all the soft food I put down, so I guess I'm going to have to separate her. One of the kittys seems to be total hold out. I try to put the canned on him but he's not interested. Tonight I took a small amount of ham and was treating them all and the 3 kittens loved it.

Has anyone else had to separate the mother while feeding the kittens??
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by EMW
Okay, I have been working with my six week old kittys for a while and I think I have 2-3 of them interested in soft food. The problem I'm having is mother kitty wants to eat all the soft food I put down, so I guess I'm going to have to separate her. One of the kittys seems to be total hold out. I try to put the canned on him but he's not interested. Tonight I took a small amount of ham and was treating them all and the 3 kittens loved it.

Has anyone else had to separate the mother while feeding the kittens??
Is there a reason you need to seperate mom from her kittens?? Even though weaning starts at 6 weeks of age...it typically takes a period of time before the kittens are fully adjusted to canned food. You may want to take the kittens into a seperate room and allow for them to have their own can of kitten food...but then I would return them to mom. Also, it is preferable to place kittens at 10-12 weeks, after they have received their first distemper shot (so they have been seen by a vet).

Katie
post #11 of 12
All I meant was to separate her when I'm trying to wean them, not really separate them.. I had progress today too. They are not completely weaned yet but everyone has tried a little of kitty food or I gave them a small piece of ham which they really liked..
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by EMW
All I meant was to separate her when I'm trying to wean them, not really separate them.. I had progress today too. They are not completely weaned yet but everyone has tried a little of kitty food or I gave them a small piece of ham which they really liked..
Ok..now I understand..some people want to completely seperate kittens so they can place them earlier...but I understand you want to allow the kittens to eat away from mom.

Katie
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