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Question regarding my son's newly adopted kitten and hopefully someone here can help.

She's been with us for four weeks now. Very tiny---she was about five pounds when he got her and she was (then) about six months old. I've been trying to get some weight on her, particularly before she is spayed. I've been giving her Meow Mix wet food and she loves it---but it doesn't love her. She has terrible gas and at least one of the cats (we have 4) has diarrhea, maybe her, maybe not. Tonight I saw some bright red blood on top of one of the latest stools.

Going to give up the Meow Mix and make her eat the regular (IAMS) kitten food. Any other suggestions to deal with the diarrhea and the gas? Will call the vet Monday; she is not in tomorrow. I also want this petite girl to gain some weight!

Thanks!

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I have a little fellow whose farts could peel paint off the wall. He outgrew it after his intestinal parasites were resolved and his intestine was less sensitive.

Moogie, can you find KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement)? It is in our grocery store and most feed stores. This works great on these little ones. It won't improve the diarrhea, but it will pack on the weight.

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I like the KMR mixed w/a wet kitten food. Not Meow Mix or any adult food. I have sometimes fed kittens KMR mixed w/baby food chicken/beef/veal/turkey.

****She needs to go to the vet to be sure she doesn't have Feline Infectious Peritonitis (which would be extremely bad news) or any other parasites. That would be urgent!

Good Luck w/your baby!

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I will try some yogurt. All my cats have loved yogurt so hopefully the little pipsqueak will love it as well.

I'm keeping her away from the Meow Mix and, if there's no resolution to her diarrhea, either my husband or I will take her to the vet Monday. She was wormed at the humane society but it's possible she still have parasites. I'll also try the KMR to add weight.

She appears to be in good health as she has not lost her appetite, is playing and does not appear to be in pain. I hope she does not have FIP but again, she does not appear lethargic and she's still cleaning herself and playing with the other cats.

She's supposed to be spayed February 1 but I am going to ask the vet if we can hold off for two more weeks due to her tiny frame. She's almost like a dwarf or teacup cat---or maybe she just looks small because the other cats, particularly my son's neutered tabby boy, are much bigger. (His tabby boy is only two months larger than the tabby girl and he is twice her size! He was a stray also, but we knew he'd be big because he had HUGE feet and a large frame.)

Thank you all for your suggestions.

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My kitty has problems with tuna - foul gas. She does fine otherwise.

5 pounds at 6 monthes is not bad, and many vets would be okay with spaying at that size, though the diarrhea is bothersome. Just hopefully, she won't go into heat anytime soon.

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My kitty has problems with tuna - foul gas. She does fine otherwise.

5 pounds at 6 monthes is not bad, and many vets would be okay with spaying at that size, though the diarrhea is bothersome. Just hopefully, she won't go into heat anytime soon.

Thanks. I hope she doesn't either. Our male kitty is neutered but I don't want the little princess to go through the ordeal of heat. Also, I have lost two cats to breast cancer. One was my childhood cat, who was never spayed because my parents couldn't justify the cost :mad: and the other was an adult stray I rescued who'd had previous litters and was in fact pregnant when I took her to the vet to be spayed.

I tried some vanilla Activia yogurt but the little princess turned up her nose. Will keep trying. I had a Siamese who loved all sorts of yogurt, Yoplait Thick and Creamy (formerly known as custard-style.) I just don't know for sure if baby girl is the one with the diarrhea or if it's one of the other cats. I'm pretty sure it isn't the tabby boy, but I don't know that it isn't one of the other two cats. We have one cat who's almost 15 and another who's 8, both females and in apparently good health. I keep my cats inside, so it's not like they were hunting and ate their prey or got into something bad.

BTW, if the baby princess is 5 pounds at six months, how big might she get when she's fully grown? She looks like such a little pipsqueak next to the tabby boy, who is going to be her lifelong companion. They're my son's cats and he is going to take them to live with him when he finishes college in May. Fortunately, when she and her buddy wrestle, she can hold her own!

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I've found Kaopectate (the original formula, which contains ONLY kaolin and pectin) to be helpful with diarrhea in cats. I use a 3 ml syringe to squirt it in........usually start with 1 ml BID and work up if it's not effective. The stuff generally clears 'em up in a couple of days.

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5 pounds at 6 monthes is not bad, and many vets would be okay with spaying at that size, though the diarrhea is bothersome. Just hopefully, she won't go into heat anytime soon.

OMG!!!!!

I think she's in heat!!!! She was fine this morning but this evening!!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:

Good thing our tabby boy is neutered.

And tabby girl baby princess does NOT go outside.

Calling the vet in the AM.

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Well, it's worms. All the felines got wormed today, repeat in two weeks. Baby princess is still calling out for boyfriends :mad: and our neutered boy is taking advantage of the, ahem, situation. The sweet girl is being spayed on Thursday. I can hardly wait.

It got unusually warm this weekend so maybe the change in temperature caused her to go into heat (according to a vet book I read, that can happen.) Or maybe there were males roaming outside because it was warm enough and a lot of people here let their cats out.

Honestly, I'm really upset that we didn't get her spayed earlier but she was so petite and the vet advised waiting until she gained at least a little weight.

And I did not need this right now. Enough other stress in life without worrying about my grandkitten running around looking for toms. :mad:

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Baby girl is home after her spay. She is a little quieter than usual but has a good appetite and is continuing to fart more than any animal I've ever known. How can such a petite little princess be such a stinker????? :eek:

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Baby girl is home after her spay. She is a little quieter than usual but has a good appetite and is continuing to fart more than any animal I've ever known. How can such a petite little princess be such a stinker????? :eek:

Well, in kitties, they remove pretty much any hormonal affected tissue other than mammaries - a TAH BSO plus some additional. So her gut will not be the most effective for a while, plus kitty will probably be uncomfortable. In kitties, we generally don't keep the on "clear liquids" until good bowel sounds, like we may do with humans, and their pain control is more limited. So like any living thing, holding it in a bit longer, there is gas.

Of course, at least you know she has bowel sounds.

As well, she is probably still dealing with eliminating parasites (eeewww), and that will affect digestion. The parasites have been sucking her blood, and the odor from digesting that, well, you get the idea.

As far as spaying small ones, it is so crazy but despite the fact that it "looks" like they removed a pound or two of your 5lb kitten, within 24-48 hours, they tend to be racing around, scarfing down all the food in sight. As to how large she will be later, with mixed breeds it is hard to tell, other than looking at the feet. But spaying them tends to make a bit larger/healthier looking.

Nonspays look harried, skinny and bedraggled. The nonneutered get into fights. Those neutered/spayed are quieter calmer, friendlier and while not fat, have cleaner neater coats and look much healthier. Not to mention, that having your kitten trying to have sex with the house plants, meowing to beat the band, and worse, "marking" her space is really not good.

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