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My six month old kitten is really skinny.  He was a foster kitten from a Momma cat and six kittens that I fostered for 3 months.  I kept 2 kittens, my other kitten is almost twice as big as him ( they are not related, just litter mates).

We just recently noticed that he is really too thin.  We have bought him wet kitten food and he just eats a little and then walks away.  He is drinking water.

He has been fixed, but has not had any shots yet.

Thank you for your time.

Your can could have many things going on. He obviously has a problem with eating so I would get him to the vets as soon as you can. He is too young to be this thin.

How was it that he was neutered and not vaccinated? He should be tested for leukemia, FIV, FIP and then if he is negative he needs to be vaccinated.

But start with an exam and take the vet a fresh stool for a culture. Wrap it in plastic on the morning of your appointment.

Your vet needs to see this cat and get to the bottom of why he is this thin.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!


I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

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