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I just got Chloe on Tuesday. She is 9weeks old. We were given food with her from the store. The first day she ate it up when I gave it to her. But now she's not wanting it. She has eaten maybe a nibble in two days. She drinks the water but doesn't want the food. It is Nutro Max Cat for kittens. I went and bought Iams kitten food and she smelled it and turned away from it also. Should I try a wet canned cat food or just give keep giving her the dry and hope she gets hungry enough and eats it?
 

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Since you just got the kitten I would let her settle in for a few days up to a week and let her get used to her new home. It's pretty normal to have a kitten not eat alot the first few days and not use the restroom for the first day or two.

At least your kitten is drinking water, so she is not dehydrated. I would maybe buy some canned food and see if she eats that and give it to her as a treat or a meal. Iams isn't a great brand of food with the ingredients they put in there and maybe you can consider another brand that kitty may like. They usually sell small trial sizes so you don't have to waste big containers of food.

She should start eating normally within a few days though, if not then contact your vet to check up and good luck! :wink:
 

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She is drinking plenty of water and using the litter box. Last night and this morning she isn't as active as she was the first few days here. We do have an 8week old lab puppy that is quite interested in her and could be stressing her out some - though she doesn't really seem to mind him much. I think I will try some canned food later today. If she isn't eating something by tomorrow I think I will call the vet.

Thanks for the advice! <<))
 

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kitten not eating

Hi, hope you got your kitten in to see the vet today!

You absolutely cannot let a small kitten go without eating for more than a day, two at the most; at that age, he has no reserves. A healthy growing kitten is the original food processor!. Not eating is a serious sign and deserves prompt attention!

Please let us know what happened!

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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Didn't the breeder suggest a vet's visit? It's always a good idea when you buy a kitten. I always called the new owner the next day to see how the kitten was doing. Most said the kitten didn't want to eat the first day, sometimes two, but they all ate before the third day. Did you use the same brand the previous owner used? It's best not to change brands suddenly. Call and find out what food she was on before you got her. Perhaps the owner had her on all canned food, in which case she might refuse dry food. Regardless, and even if the breeder gave you a health certificate and a record of her shots, I would take the kitten to your own vet.

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I wish the breeder had kept the kitten with mother and littermates another couple of weeks-to learn a bit more about being a cat. The most important point is, as Dr. Jean said, your kitten is a tiny baby and needs nourishment, so you'll want to take her advice. Kitten needs a vet check.
 

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Thanks for the advice. We got the kitten from a pet store. Shortly after my last post we called them and they took her back to see what they could do for her. They got her to the vet. The vet thinks she has a virus of some sort. They gave her fluids and medicine to help. She is staying at the store so they can take care of her and get her better. They believe she will pull through.
The store employees working with the animals seem to be very good with them. They asked if we wanted a refund. Of course we don't - we want Chloe back and healthy. It's amazing how fast you get attatched to a cute little furball. I hope she is better soon. I miss my little baby furball.
 

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Jeanie - I agree with you. I think she and her litter mates would have been better with the mother for a little longer.
 

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I would like to discourage people from buying dogs and cats from a pet store. First, they don't have the room or time to exercise them often enough-even if they're good hearted. Second, many pet shops buy their animals from a puppy or kitten farm (mill), where kittens and pups are raised as fast as possible to make as much money as possible. The animals often get very little love or attention.

I suggest you buy from a breeder who raises animals underfoot, loves them, and is attempting to improve the breed. Very often, although they're raised under better conditions, they cost less! I am no longer a breeder, but I used to breed collies and more recently, Siamese cats. I knew about the puppy mills and I knew many breeders. When you want to buy a kitten or pup, a reputable breeder will ask numerous questions, enough to make sure you will be a responsible and loving owner--and that your whole family consists of animal lovers, that the kitten will be kept inside and the pup in a safely fenced yard. They often have you sign a contract to make sure the pup or kitten is offered to them if you can no longer keep the animal. That way they can screen the prospective buyers.
 
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