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Just not eating well

alyssa elkinsalyssa elkins east brunswickMember Posts: 169
edited 2 November, 2005 in Food & Nutrition
I seem to have little or no appetite lately. I don't eat much of anything, not even real chicken and tuna when my owner tried that. I go to the vet for bloodwork tonight, but I'm afraid that they won't find anything wrong. My owner is contemplating having to force feed me if they find nothing. I seem to act and look normal though, I run and play like a normal kitten. I'm 16 weeks old. Now she's worried that I'have stopped growing so much. It's too soon for me to stop growing! What could be wrong that I'm not eating enough? She's tried every brand of catfood and every kind of real meat too, with the same results--I'll just nibble it a little then walk away. I don't want to starve. I don't want to die. I just don't know what is wrong with me.


  • Tabitha Smith-ElliottTabitha Smith-Elliott Gainesville/Hall County, GAMember Posts: 11,582
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Ahhhhh you're so adorable!!! You may have just stopped wanting to eat as much as you did when you were very young. Has your mom tried heating your food up a tiny tad? Sometimes that will help. Or try getting some catsip milk (milk made for cats) and mix in with your food or at least offer it as a snack to get something inside you. Luckily your mom is smart enough to be taking you to the doctor. I do hope everything checks out OK. Keep us posted!!
  • edited 27 February, 2006
    There are a lot of things that could cause a kitty to stop eating. Then, once you stop eating, it\'s hard to get your appetite back again. It\'s good that you are seeing a vet and I hope you will come back here and tell us what they think is going on with you. I think you\'re very pretty.
  • Rachel NosalRachel Nosal LincolnMember Posts: 135
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Has your Mom tried food that is almond-shaped? Persians and Himalayans sometimes do better with this type of shaped kibble. Nutro Natural Care and Royal Canin are two brands that make it. Cats eat between 12 and 20 times a day once they start to mature. I think Ditto eats about 60 times a day because he only take 4-5 pieces and then is done. Are you being free-fed? It's good your Mom is taking you to the vet. I'm sure they will have a solution.
  • MARY HEFFERNANMARY HEFFERNAN Valley of The MoonMember Posts: 13,688
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hi, Caligri -- just stopping by to see how your blood work went, and if they had good answers for you. We agree with the others that is it wise to have the doc take a look when we stop eating normally. Take good care, and keep us posted. Purrs to you, sweet little one, -=VIJAY & the fiends
  • Deb O'NeillDeb O'Neill PerkasieMember Posts: 8,659
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hi, Caligri! How's your appetite doing now? Let us know how you're doing!
  • alyssa elkinsalyssa elkins east brunswickMember Posts: 169
    edited 27 February, 2006
    A thank you to everyone for showing their concern. I have good news. When I was brought back to the vet, I was weighed again and instead of losing weight, I had gained over half a pound. In a week and a half's time. Therefore the vet ruled out any eating problems at all. I'm actually a perfectly healthy kitten! Maybe I only appeared to be eating very little because food is left out for me all the time. That will continue until I'm six months old and switch to an adult feeding schedule.
  • edited 27 February, 2006
    I\'m glad you\'re okay! It\'s great that your human wanted to get you checked out, just in case there was a problem. It\'s nice that she worries about you.
  • MARY HEFFERNANMARY HEFFERNAN Valley of The MoonMember Posts: 13,688
    edited 27 February, 2006
    We are so glad nothing's "off" Caligri! My cat mother learned that Tonkinese grow "up and out"...I would get round and then I would get tall and thinner, then round, then tall! It was a bit disturbing, but I was healthy. Finally everything evened out, but good to be checked, just to be sure!
  • Angela ClarkAngela Clark Fort SmithMember Posts: 15,094
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hi Jacque, I didn\'t know this about Tonks. That might explain why my vet once called me fat. Caligri, my vet said that it is best to free feed cat food, like you are doing now. But because Velvet has had problems and her diet needs monitoring, mommy uses a measuring cup to measure out a certain amount each morning. In the evening she gages how much has been eaten and if more is needed or if it is too much. Also, with you getting older, your eating habits will naturally change. I went from eating 2 3 oz cans of cat food at a time to eating 1 can at a time, literally overnight. Mommy observed this for a week then decided it was just a natural change for me. I know, I know, \"take the cat to the vet.\" But this was during a time when we were at the vet at least bi-weekly because of our ringworm, regular shots, Velvet\'s vomiting, etc. Since the vet didn\'t notice any weight loss and mommy had read that my appetite could drop off around six months she didn\'t worry. And all the vet ever said about me is I\'m psycho. I think I\'ve mostly outgrown that though.
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