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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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My kitten seems to have lost interest in eating. I adopted

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My kitten seems to have lost interest in eating. I adopted her from a rescue. She is about 7-8 weeks old. She is drinking water but has lost interest in her food. When I brought her home she was eating about a small can of wet food and now isn't wanting to eat at all. I have tried offering plain rice but she isn't eating that either. She is playing and acting normal at this time.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the kitten's name?
Customer: Lacey. Is their a cost for your advice? I am trying to avoid costly vet bills.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lacey?
Customer: Her bowel movements have always been a little loose -runny.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.


I a sorry Lacey is not eating.

Since she has runny bowels she may be a bit dehydrated.

Rub a droop of syrup or honey into her gums to raise her blood sugar.

Drain the water from a can of tuna into a bowl and let hep lap it up for hydration. If she does,offer some tuna.

Go out and get a jar of baby food chicken with no onion or garlic.

Add a tsp of the rice you boiled. Warm the food bit to bring out the aroma.

Please let me know if she eats and how she is doing.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there any medication she can be prescribed to increase her appetite? I tried the rice and she would not eat it. I have always fed her wet food and she was eating it but now won't eat that do I don't think she will eat tuna. Please help.
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

There are appetite stimulants but a kitten should not need one.In fact,a kitten should have a huge appetite because she is growing.

Try warming the wet food to motivate her. Also try the tuna and the baby food. I think she will eat that.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She will not eat her wet food warmed. I warned it this afternoon and she would not touch it. If she won't eat 100% wet kitten food, I don't think she will eat wet baby food or tuna (some of her kitten food is chicken and also some is salmon flavored).
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I also tried kitten milk and she did not want anything to do with that either.
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

I would not want her to have milk with loose stools anyway.

What is the brand and name of the wet food?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is Blue Buffalo wet kitten food.
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Ok that is a good food but she may not like it.

Try a can of fancy feast. Some cats prefer fish flavors.

Did you try tuna yet?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have not tried Tuna but her cat food is salmon flavored. She has eaten all the flavor a before-chicken and salmon- without problem.
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Has she been wormed?
Any sneezing?

You have nothing to lose by trying the foods I suggested.

Its worth a try.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can I has a refund please? I am going to bring her to the vet tomorrow. How do I contact someone for a refund?
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.
I will make sure you get a refund