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3 week old constipated kitten on KMR formula, help.

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3 week old constipated kitten on KMR formula, help.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.

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  • How long has she been constipated?
  • Is her belly painful or bloated?
  • Is she eating and drinking well?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
She poops once daily only. Just now blood spots in urine.
Her belly is bloated but not painful
She is drinking her formula well.
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
Are you helping her defecate? What does her stool look like? Is she straining to have a bowel movement?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
We are massaging her tummy to no avail. The stool is thick and brown - sometimes thin. She doesn't seem to be straining. She mostly defecates in her sleep.

Definitely a lot of urine.
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
A lot of urine is good. That means she isn't dehydrated. However, blood is not a good thing. She should be defecating more than once daily however. It should be every 4-6 hours. Dairy milk will only cause bloating and diarrhea which will be worse so definitely don't do that. It's best to stimulate her to defecate by running tepid water over her rectum after every meal. That should help her defecate more. You can add a little plain yogurt to the KMR and that should help. She should be seen by a vet for the blood in her urine though. Kittens can quickly become very sick so have her see as soon as you can rather than waiting. If you have more questions please reply back.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX only takes one tablespoon of formula at each feeding.
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
A tablespoon is a good amount if she is eating every 6-8 hours.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
We have been following instructions in the current issue of Cat Fancy which says two tablespoons every 3-4 hours. Is that correct?
Expert:  Dr. Christian K. replied 4 years ago.
That may be a little much for a 3 week old kitten. Every 6 hours is fine unless she acts very hungry. In most cases I just recommend feeding her when she starts to cry and act hungry rather than relying on a timetable.

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