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Historically, runts are called that because they are the smallest and sometimes the weakest kitten in a litter. Kitty Mama can usually tell if the runt is unhealthy and will occasionally push the runt aside because she knows it won't make it. We learned that the hard way by rescuing a kitten abandoned in a field. Lucy only lived a year and we feel her health was compromised from the beginning and Kitty Mama KNEW it. If you haven't seen the kitten alongside it's siblings, there is no way to tell if it is truly the "runt" or not. Most times, runts just grow up to be smaller than their littermates. With proper medical care, they can be just as healthy and active as anyone else in their litter.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 8/4/08. Helpful? / 0