Learn what to do when your kitten wont eat or drink and understand what is happening with your pet.
Why your kitten doesn’t have thirst nor appetite
Although there could be many reasons why,
the solutions to get it eating are all the same. Let’s think kitty for now:
- some kittens just are fuzzy, our Siamese kitten in particular
- some are stressed out after been "kidnapped" away from their mother, stressreduces appetite
- some pets only touch the food their previous owner was giving to them
- some don’t know what food is, especially the ones that are taken away from their mother too early
What to do?
When you just got your kitten, try to make it at least stressed as possible. Give your kitten a room to herself shut off from the rest of the house with food and water and a litter box.
- Find out from the previous owner what they were feeding.
- Mostly kittens prefer wet food to dry food, so if you only have wet food, then make it mushy adding some water.
- Some pets still need to learn what food is. Mix the wet food with a little bit of water and try putting a little bit in his mouth by the gum. Try putting a bit of canned food on his nose and see if he licks it off. After tasting the food, your kitten might want more.
- Some baby cats will be ok when you bottle feed them wet food with water.
- Buy kitten milk from your pet shop when the animal is not weaned properly yet.
- Try getting Purina Kitten Chow in the yellow bag. Some people call it kitty candy. Try softening some in a little warm water until soft. Leave in the water so it will have a crunchy flavor.
Your last resort: try Hills A/D wet prescription diet, I call it cat miracle food.
What not to do?
If your kitten is less than 6 months old: don’t feed it any dairy products, don’t feed your kitten regular milk: it is really bad for your kitten’s digestive system.
Most kittens won’t eat for the first 24 hours when you bring them home. They are stressed and trying to learn the new environment. If your kitten wont eat or drink after 2 days, call your vet or an experienced kitten lover.