|Purred: Fri Aug 17, '07 2:21pm PST |
I was the runt of my litter, and my momma cat was not a particularly big cat. When momma met me, my sisfur Natasha was much bigger and friendlier. At 6 months, mom figured I'd put on weight, but not grow much in lenght. When she took me to the vet two weeks later, the vet said she was surprised I was at the 6 pounds mark, I looked smaller than that. The vet asked if I ate normally, and mom was like "well... yes, he seems to really relish his kitten food!" The vet predicted I would stay a small-ish kitten, and so to be good about feeding me properly to watch out for the butterball effect... Boy was she wrong! I doubled in lenght within a month, and even though I am no skinny runt (10 lbs, mom guesstimates, but we'll get the official word from the vet once she sees me for a birthday checkup! ), I carry my weight really well!
The thing I could think of is that living with other cats, as your runt probably is, it is possible that other cats eat part of his food, especially if he has graduated to dry kitten kibble. It's just inevitable when you house rescue cats: I lived with 15 cats including my mom and sibs, and while my foster mom fed us all pretty well, sometimes she had to make sure other cats didn't steal my food . Bigger cats will do that to runts: it's just the laws of nature. Mom even suspects that while I was offered plenty of food at the foster home, I really didn't start eating the meals I was meant to (despite the foster mom's best intentions) until I came home to her!
If that's the case for this kitten, the good news is that once he goes to a forever home, he'll probably have a similar growth spurt.
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