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 Post subject: coco...new member
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:08 pm 
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Hi all new here from the uk.we got our new kitten on friday..coco...she has settled in ok over the weekend..playing...letting us love and stroke her...using her litter tray no probs...but eating very little?is that normal?

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:46 pm 
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First of all, welcome to the forum! The stress of moving to a new environment affects kittens differently .... yours seems to be settling in great. As for eating ... as long as Coco is eating something, give her a little more time. She may be experiencing some digestive problems -- especially if you're feeding her a different type of food, but I think her appetite should increase as she gets settled in a little more. Naturally, if her appetite does not improve -- and, remember, kittens don't eat a whole lot -- they need multiple feedings per day just like a baby -- then by all means take her to the vet for a checkup. Her poops will tell you a lot. Congratulations -- she is beautiful.


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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:48 pm 
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She's adorable!! :welcome:

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:55 pm 
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She's so beautiful! Congratulations!

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
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AdGem wrote:
Hi all new here from the uk.we got our new kitten on friday..coco...she has settled in ok over the weekend..playing...letting us love and stroke her...using her litter tray no probs...but eating very little?is that normal?


I think it's normal for the first 24-48 hours maybe, but you're on day 5 now so, no, not normal, it's probably getting very close to time to hit the panic button imo, as she should be eating with a great appetite about now.

What are you feeding her, and what is her behavior when you do feed her? Does she initially approach it with enthusiasm? Sniff and walk away? Show no interest at all? Are you feeding her something that she was used to when she was with the breeder?

In times like this you might want to revert to things like cooked chicken or turkey to see if you can get her eating. You cannot afford to be stubborn when feeding a cat, especially a kitten. If you are feeding her something that her nose tells her is not food or is not edible, then you have to throw that food out, or give it away, and get something better, regardless of how much you bought of it, or how much it cost you. Also if a kitten isn't eating, it needs to be remedied relatively quickly. They don't have a big "reserve" like adult cats do, so they can go downhill pretty quickly. It's not unusual for a new kitten to arrive with, or get, some sort of cold shortly after coming to a new home, and if that is the case it needs to be sorted out by a vet asap. If a kitten is having trouble smelling food because of a runny nose for example, that may prevent them from eating, which can become serious pretty quickly.

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:40 pm 
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Her face is precious, and I love her color/markings!


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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:54 am 
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Thanks for all your comments :)

Shes defo not ill or anything like that i think we have ourselves a fussy kitty lol.

The breeder was feeding her whiskers with a raw mince minx and a dry kitten food...she snacks on the dry but completely turns her nose up at the wet mix..im thinking its the whiskers?she will sniff then walk away.i cooked a gammon joint and gave her some she went absolutely crazy and loved it....she is slso all over us when we eat so now she has a spag bol chin from trying to pinch haha.this morning i cooked her some chicken breast which shes eaten.so what shall i do about her wet food i would like a high quality one but do i buy a few and see which brands she eats or will she get a upset tummy?



By the way she is very very loving always rubbing her head on our faces sleeping on us....shes a diamond

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:03 am 
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Good to hear she is eating! She is gorgeous and its great to hear she's settling in well.

Obviously she needs to be eating proper kitten food as it is packed with all the nutrients she needs while she is growing and in particular taurine.

I discovered Meowing Heads only after my two were adults but would strongly recommend as mine love it. They do kitten food and you can obtain this from most good pet stores. Jagger wouldn't eat dry before I found this, he loves the dry and the wet food. Obviously you need to change her food very gradually usually but if she isn't touching the whiskas anyway, maybe this is immaterial in her case.

Meowing Heads has a good meat content and has no artificial stuff in it.

Lily's kitchen is also an extremely good cat food with a high meat content and thrive tins - mine eat all three of these, so if they go off something when they're going through a fussy moment, I always have something to give them.

Or you could look at feeding her raw - most pet shops would be able to help you with this, it is very popular with many on here so would be worth looking into whilst she is young. I didn't look into it until mine were probably a bit too old, but I wasn't sure it would suit with our lifestyle either as it is easier for me to leave some dry out etc when I'm working or going to be home late, plus I'm rubbish at remembering to get my own food out of the freezer!

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:40 pm 
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To add to Claire's list - Canogan is very good too!

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:13 pm 
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Definitely find some high-quality kitten wet food. Since she appears to love chicken, try out that flavor. Buy one can of a couple of different brands and try them all out. Small cans are more expensive but less waste if she doesn't like them. Feed her just a small amount at a time and see how she does with it. It may take a few tries to find something that she's as crazy over as your cooking. :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:26 am 
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We got some purely kitten food from pets at home yesterday afternoon straight away scoffed the lot :) and so far so good no sign of upset tummy!

I have some raw mince food that the breeder was feeding her mixed with her wet...shall i carry on mixing some in with her new purley?the mean content is around 50% with the purley


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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:45 am 
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We used to feed our two Purely from pets at home as well. I never mixed it with anything and if she is happily scoffing it down, I'd leave it as it is, unless she particularly likes the mince being added. If its just normal mince with no added vitamins or anything for her I'd definitely leave it out as otherwise you are effectively watering down the intake of all the nutrients she needs such as taurine.

Glad you found something she loves - it can be hard to keep up with their likes and dislikes sometimes lol

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:28 am 
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Tabitha wrote:
We used to feed our two Purely from pets at home as well. I never mixed it with anything and if she is happily scoffing it down, I'd leave it as it is, unless she particularly likes the mince being added. If its just normal mince with no added vitamins or anything for her I'd definitely leave it out as otherwise you are effectively watering down the intake of all the nutrients she needs such as taurine.

Glad you found something she loves - it can be hard to keep up with their likes and dislikes sometimes lol



Its natures menu frozen chicken mince from pets at home 100% chicken with a few additives


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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:50 am 
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No harm in adding it in then, if she likes it, why not! Sounds like that is raw food so it may be worth looking at raw feeding long term. There are loads of posts on here to do with raw feeding. Depends on whether it suits your lifestyle really, but it is the most natural diet for them I believe. In retrospect I wish I'd looked at it sooner, but never mind, they do okay and are spoilt rotten anyway.

Main thing for now is she's eating!! She'll grow so quickly, I was really shocked how quickly mine grew - I wanted them to stay kittens as long as possible lol

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 Post subject: Re: coco...new member
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:10 pm 
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Tabitha wrote:
No harm in adding it in then, if she likes it, why not! Sounds like that is raw food so it may be worth looking at raw feeding long term. There are loads of posts on here to do with raw feeding. Depends on whether it suits your lifestyle really, but it is the most natural diet for them I believe. In retrospect I wish I'd looked at it sooner, but never mind, they do okay and are spoilt rotten anyway.

Main thing for now is she's eating!! She'll grow so quickly, I was really shocked how quickly mine grew - I wanted them to stay kittens as long as possible lol


Yea i will start adding a bit in her feeds..ive been reading a bit in raw feeding...so much to read!!

Shes a right cheeky little minx. .she now sits on us watching the tv!!her pwrsonailty is amazing...shes always after loves n cuddles rubbing her face up against us..do kittens grow out of this..i sure hope not

Also i have been reading about her colours and markings...will they change like go darker as she gets older?


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