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I have been bottle feeding a kitten since birth and have

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Hi. I have been bottle feeding a kitten since birth and have been at it for two weeks now. Recently, I seem to notice a rattling sound in her chest right after feeding. The sound disappears a few seconds after it happens and then she just goes to sleep. It only happens right after feeding. I don't hear anything at any other time and I dont see any breathing problems. Should I be concerned.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hi Dawn,

Could the rattling sound be purring?

Is there any chance she aspirated some milk?

Any coughing or sneezing?

Is she eating well and gaining weight?

Did she ever get any mothers milk or has she been bottle fed from birth?

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Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Dear Dawn,

If the baby is eating and eliminating normally and gaining weight, I would not be overly concerned about this "rattle".

Going to sleep means she is feeding well and happy.

The noise may be the milk going through her GI tract or an early purring reflex.

If (God forbid) a kitten aspirates formula, there would be coughing, breathing difficulties and fluid in her lungs.

Please let me know if you still have questions or wish to discuss this further.

I hope the baby will be just fine.

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