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post #31 of 52
Sometimes peeing outside the litterbox indicates a urinary tract or bladder infection. He should probably see the vet again to check this out! Cats are naturally very neat, and it doesn't take much to litter train a kitten. He should probably see the vet again to check this out!

All these issues can be worked on with training and vet care, but honestly purchasing a kitten who has health problems is simple buying yourself a lot of heartache! Poor little baby...I hope he starts doing better.
post #32 of 52
While I am not, in any way, trying to defend the breeder, she isn't here to defend herself and they may have been other circumstances of which we are not currently aware. I don't think it is fair for us to so harshly judge the breeder when we do not know all of the facts.

Sometimes, when kittens go to a new environment, stress and exposure to the elements of that new environment can wreck havoc on young systems. Issues with getting a kitten to eat or inappropriate elimination behaviors can result. I am not saying this kitten doesn't have problems, it is clear that he does, but blaming the breeder is quickly pointing a finger of blame where it may not be warranted.

No matter what you decide to do with this baby, you must get him to eat something. Try some chicken meat baby food (human variety - no veggies or onions, meat and broth only) and see if he won't eat that. While it isn't a long-term nutritional plan, many cats love it and eat it readily when they aren't eating anything else.

As for the inappropriate elimination, stress is a primary factor for cats to develop a urinary tract disorder or infection. I have never seen it happen in a kitten of this age, but I won't rule it out completely. Additionally, we have to remember this is a little baby and he may have a few accidents -- you should probably keep him confined to one room of your home for a few days along with his litter box, food and water dishes, a few toys and a warm cozy bed until he gets the hang of using the box consistantly. Spreading out boxes in different rooms will be confusing for now. Keep things simple and keep his range of freedom a bit more restricted until he learns he needs to use his box.
post #33 of 52
Thread Starter 
Well I was able to feed him some kitten food today by mixing it with chicken flavored baby food, he still didn't eat as much as I would like him to, but it's a start. He is still meowing constantley though, so this is a major problem (as I don't want my neighbors to be disturbed, I live in an apartment complex). I am still contemplating in brining him back to the breeder.
post #34 of 52
I agree. Try the substitute mothers milk. I found with Isis, she wanted to use an eye dropper as oppose to a small nippled bottle in order to eat. I normally gave her 2-3 eye droppers full every 2-4 hours. Also with Isis, she was not eating hard food. I took canned food and deluted it with water. Make sure it mashed up really well (use a fork) so that it can be sucked through an eye dropper. Feed y our kitten a combination of the deluted canned food and the replacement milk and he should start puttin on the lbs. Isis was 1.2 lbs at 5 weeks when we took her to the vet. (needless to say she was not gotten from a breeder.) Since last week we have been able to turn her on to hard food by softening it up with the replacement milk and now she eats it without the milk. Since last week Isis has gained around .8 oz and now weight 1.10 lbs. Try some of these and let me know how they go! Best of luck to you!
post #35 of 52
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Originally Posted by gayef
I am not saying this kitten doesn't have problems, it is clear that he does, but blaming the breeder is quickly pointing a finger of blame where it may not be warranted.
In this particular case, the reason why the breeder needs to be blamed is that this kitten is 11 weeks old and only weighs 17 ounces. The breeder was feeding the kitten adult cat food. The O.P. has had the kitten for less than a week.

An 11 week old bengal kitten should weigh at least 3 to 3.5 pounds. So, yup, I'm pointing a finger at the breeder. There is no way this kitten should have been turned over to a new owner at the weight he's at.

The Vet is also brain-dead for not making a big deal about a 17 ounce emaciated looking kitten coming in for a routine check-up.
post #36 of 52
Thread Starter 
Truthfully I'm seriously thinking about returning him, just because I don't have the energy to deal with worrying about what to feed him 3-4 times a day and hoping that he gains weight. He does feel a little heavier today, but right now I have plans to go to an animal shelter and adopt a kitten/cat that I fall in love with that does well with other cats, but is somewhat independant, and of course the big thing: EATS. I feel bad about this for the sake of Apollo, as it really isn't his fault at all, but I think he deserves a home where someone can devote a LOT of attention to him and his needs. Hopefully the breeder can help find him a new home.
post #37 of 52
I am no expert on cats or kittens, but I am a mother. Maybe you will feel better about the decision if you stop thinking of it as taking the kitten back to the breeder and start thinking of it as taking the kitten back to it's mother, which is what it sounds like he needs most of all. Maybe you can talk to the breeder about just keeping the kitten a couple of weeks, get it healthy, get it litter box trained and get it old enough to be away from it's mother. Then you can get him back, the way you should have gotten him in the first place.
post #38 of 52
Excellent advice, Telynn ... but no matter what is decided here, I just sincerely hope everything works out for the best.
post #39 of 52
Thread Starter 
Yes, thank you everyone for giving me such great advice and helping me to come to a decision. I am going to call the breeder tomorrow to see if she will be able to take him back, as I don't have the energy nor time to devote to him to make him better. I know kittens are work, but I honestly don't think that a kitten I paid a lot for should be this much work. Hopefully the breeder will be able to find a suitable home where he will be loved and cared for. The only hesitation I have about bringing him back is the fact that it is a four hour drive, and the way there will be hell (as Apollo hates the carrier and will cry the entire time).
post #40 of 52
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Originally Posted by hoppybunn
Yes, thank you everyone for giving me such great advice and helping me to come to a decision. I am going to call the breeder tomorrow to see if she will be able to take him back, as I don't have the energy nor time to devote to him to make him better. I know kittens are work, but I honestly don't think that a kitten I paid a lot for should be this much work. Hopefully the breeder will be able to find a suitable home where he will be loved and cared for. The only hesitation I have about bringing him back is the fact that it is a four hour drive, and the way there will be hell (as Apollo hates the carrier and will cry the entire time).

Well,? what's the verdict?
post #41 of 52
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Originally Posted by Renovia
Well,? what's the verdict?
Yes, I've been wondering too...whatever happened with the kitten??
post #42 of 52
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for taking such an interest. I decided to give it another shot with him, and doing what both the breeder and the vet said, and he seems to be doing really well. I think he's put on weight, he's definitley a LOT more active, acting as a kitten should and getting into trouble. I don't have problems with him peeing on my bed anymore, and he's definitley a lot more kitten-like (before he would either just sit there, or cry...now he's jumping and running all around and such). He and my other cat get along great, though I think Apollo likes Kit more than me...which is just fine, as I really am just glad that we all get along now. He is still pretty small, but I am taking him to the vet in the next week or two to get him checked up on, but he definitley feels a lot better when I palpate him (before you could feel every bone like the ribs and the hip bones. You can still feel them, just not as prominent, there is definitley more muscle tone and fat on him). Hopefully everything will continue to go well, because I have really grown attached to him, and I don't want to ever give him up.
post #43 of 52
*sigh* I just love happy endings! I am so glad you decided to keep this little guy.
post #44 of 52
Just read through the whole post for the first time ........ what a beautiful story ..... glad everything is going good ....... send some pictures so we can see your little baby .....way to go to you for hanging in there !!!
post #45 of 52
Aww! It is so awesome! You guys have come such a long way. He's going to be your best friend watch!
post #46 of 52
thats geat new about your kitten please carry on the good work
post #47 of 52
Great to hear you kept the kitten oh and


well not really
post #48 of 52
so glad to hear the great news about your lovely kitten! you should definetly get some pictures of him on here so we can see your little fluff of joy! hah lol
post #49 of 52
I just read the whole story and Im so glad that your keeping your baby. How sad that the breeder sold him to you in that condition. Sounds like he is doing much better though.
Pictures Pictures Pictures Please.............
post #50 of 52
In a different thread you said the vet thought Apollo had something seriously wrong. Is the little guy doing well enough to change the vets mind now? I hope so!!!
post #51 of 52
what's the update on this???
post #52 of 52
Thought id add my six pence worth

I am so happy that you decided to keep Apollo, as I was reading through your post I was dreading the fact that you might take him back to that breeder, who knows what would have happened to Apollo then.

Thank you for giving him such a great home and please please please send us some pictures of this wonderful little baby
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