Mon, Dec 4, 2023

I got this kitten from a friend of mine, he is about 8/ 8 and a half weeks old. I noticed signs of him not eating, I tried giving him food and putting food on his mouth for him to lick but other than that he will not eat. He will only drink water, he doesn’t vomit nor has any signs of pain. He does sleep a lot but can be playful. I asked if he has ate when he was being taken care of and he wasn’t eating at all either only water. I believe he was only eating from his mother because he made it to 8/8 and a half weeks, but normal kitten food not one bit. Please let me know what I can do, what could be the problem and any help! Please and thank you!!

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Offering a variety of foods can help stimulate your kitten's appetite. Try warming up the kitten food slightly, as the warmth can enhance the aroma and make it more appealing. You can also try offering wet food if you haven't already, as the texture and moisture content can be more similar to what they were used to with their mother's milk.

Hydration is key, so it's good that your kitten is drinking water. However, if he's not eating at all, he may not be getting enough nutrients.

Gently encouraging your kitten to eat by placing a small amount of food on your finger and letting him lick it off can sometimes coax them into eating. Be patient and try this a few times a day.

It's also possible that your kitten may have an underlying medical issue that's affecting his appetite. Dental problems, infections, or intestinal parasites are common issues that can cause a lack of appetite in kittens.

Monitor your kitten closely for any signs of deterioration, such as continued refusal to eat, lethargy, diarrhea, or any other unusual behavior. If you notice any of these signs, or if the kitten hasn't eaten for more than 24 hours, it's critical to seek immediate veterinary care.

A playful kitten that is sleeping a lot can be normal, but if you notice any changes in his energy levels or if he becomes less responsive, this could be a sign that he needs medical attention.

I would recommend taking him to the hospital if possible. Because he is young, not eating can be fatal. Testing is required to determine the cause and treat accordingly.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.