|Purred: Thu Sep 5, '13 10:56am PST |
|Baby food is a great place to start! Make sure it doesn't have any onions or garlic in it (both Beechnut and Gerber make meat baby foods with just meat and water). Baby food has a stronger odor than cat food and can stimulate the kitten's appetite. If she'll eat some of that, then try mixing some in with canned kitten food. You can also try some kitten milk replacer (she's technically old enough to NOT need it, but kittens love it and it's nutrition dense). If she does need to be force fed or watered, instead of plain water, go get a bottle of unflavored Pedialyte (or generic equivalent). It will both hydrate and keep her electrolytes in balance. Also, warming up canned kitten food helps bring out the aroma of it.
She definitely needs a trip to the vet. There could be an underlying medical condition that's leading to her lack of appetite. The vet can also give her some fluids under the skin that will speed up the re-hydration process. I can almost guarantee that she's got at least one intestinal parasite, if not more, so the vet will want to do a fecal to see what's there and treat accordingly. In general, any kitten found as a stray should probably see the vet anyhow. With her unwillingness to eat, she should definitely go.
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