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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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I just adopted a kitten a kitten 4 days ago, she refuses to eat hard food and will pick at soft food. My other cats(3 ) to be exact didn't really like her at first and while they do not hiss any more they are not warmed up to her completely, she came from the shelter super skinny and has been neutered and has all of her shots and everything is negative. I am not sure if she is just warming up to the house or she is sick. Her personality is very timid and docile and she will get attention if no other cats are around. She let the other cats at the shelter bully her, so i dont think she got much food there. I have raised 3 cats since they were smaller than this and we have had struggles in the past but not refusing to eat like this. I am very worried and my vet told me not too and to take her in later next week if she continues. But i want her to eat some more food. She will drink water like no other and she sleeps alot. I am just wondering any tricks to get her to eat better or eat hard food?? anything that will help her??
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 04:03 PM
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it sounds like you introduced her immediately to your other cats as soon as you brought her home. it's possible that what she really needs for a while first is to be isolated from the other cats, so she feels she has her own space and feels safe. if she was bullied by other cats at the shelter and she already feels bullied at home now, then that could be why she has no appetite.
also, are you feeding her the same stuff the shelter was feeding her? a change in food might be a little shocking to her. but I assume since you already have cat experience, you've stuck to the same food. if that's not working, try anything! more tasty foods!
what was her history at the shelter? did she have very little appetite there already, too? if she was eating good and starting to gain weight at least, find out everything you can about what they were doing and try to match it at least for a while till she gets her bearings.

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Is the kitten eating alone or with other cats? If you aren't already, I would separate her out for mealtimes. She may be getting nervous or just getting distracted by her kitten attention span. If you give her a quiet place to eat (like the bathroom) she may take better to her food.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 10:41 PM
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I agree with separating her from the other cats and going back to whatever food she was eating at the shelter if she's not eating that already. If she isn't eating at all and you just need to get something in her you can try really enticing food like Fancy Feast - yes, it's not the best, but that stuff saved my cat's life when he refused to eat anything else. There's a reason they call it kitty crack. Or even canned tuna, which obviously isn't a complete meal but sometimes that's what it takes to get cats to eat and that's what matters. If things are really dire your vet can also prescribe appetite stimulants. But hopefully she just needs some peace and quiet while she adjusts to her new environment. Good luck!
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