Table of contents:
- Don't change his food
- The more it smells the better
- Try it
- Hot lunch
- Feed the kitten with your fingers or a syringe
- Things to avoid
- Medical care
2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Your new kitten it's playful and cute just that does not eat much or not at all. Kittens consume a lot of energy and shouldn't go too long without eating.
If your pup isn't eating solid food, it could just be that has not yet been fully weaned or it could be a problem with the type of food. He may also be sick or depressed.
If you realize it is depressed, as they have less energy and more sleep than usual, have lost interest in their regular activities or exhibit aggressive behavior, spend more time with him, let him play and show him more love. The most common reason puppies get depressed is because they don't get enough attention.
In any case don't let it go hungry for more than 24 hours. If you find that he is not eating at all he should be seen by the vet. You might, however, do a few attempts to whet his appetite.
Don't change his food
If your kitten regularly ate solid foods in his native home, find out the brand and try giving it to him. If the kitten was not used to varying food when he was with his mother, he probably won't want to try something different, especially after arriving in a new home. Bring him some of the food he was used to to see if he can eat it.
The more it smells the better
Cats in particular find smelly food appealing. In an effort to find a type of food that a kitten who does not want to eat will like, get him something with a strong aroma, as a fish-flavored cat food, or pour a little canned tuna oil on its croquettes.
All it might take to tempt your kitty to eat is improve the food with something unusual. Chicken pieces (cut into thin pieces), a little low-sodium salt or meat broth added to your croquettes may be enough to get her to eat. Be careful, however, not to overdo it.
Sometimes you may be able to get him to eat by serving him the heated dinner. If it's canned food, try putting some in the microwave until hot (a few seconds should be enough). If, on the other hand, you are feeding it with croquettes, try mixing them with hot water, so that it will heat and soften them at the same time: sometimes the problem could be the hardness of the croquette dry. Some kittens may have been weaned too early or simply have difficulty chewing dry food. In these cases, soften food or even soaking it completely and mashing it into a pulp will make it easier for him to eat.
Feed the kitten with your fingers or a syringe
Try to give it to eat with your fingers, placing a small amount of food on the finger and bringing it to the kitten's mouth. Try not to force your finger into his mouth as it may irritate him, but let me lick the food at its own pace and be patient. If finger feeding doesn't work, try the syringe. Gently holding the kitten insert the syringe into your mouth tilting it. Do not insert it directly into his mouth as this will cause the food to go straight down his throat and could choke him. Fold the kitten over to the right or left side and squeeze a small amount of food on the back of the tongue. Repeat the process several times until you think you have eaten enough.
Things to avoid
Do not feed your puppy from the table or in any different time from his meal. He may not be hungry because he snacks for the rest of the day. Do not feed it and then stand there staring at it, it can be annoying behavior even for a kitten then let him eat quietly. Also, don't keep the kitten's plate right next to the litter box. Cats are clean animals, and they may not like eating right next to their potty.
Experts say that if a kitten hasn't eaten within 24 hours, a visit to a veterinarian is an order. The kittens they consume a lot of energy thus playing and growing they do not have a reserve of calories like adult cats. Taking him to the vet will also avert the risk of further illnesses that can be caused by his debilitated condition.
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