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I have a litter of 3 day old kittens.
2 are suckling and growing well, but the third, the first born will not suckle from his mother.
I have tried to "latch him on" with no success. Mum has very tiny teats. I am bottle feeding him and have to open his mouth to get the treat inside. Only when I get the teat right inside his mouth does he suck, and he sucks really strongly. He is gaining weight very slowly (only about 5 g a day. Is it worth continuing with hand feeding or do you think he has a problem as he does not seem able to suck by himself?

yes it is important that kittens feed often during the first few weeks of their life, it is also important that they get all the right nutrients etc.

Please see my web page about feeding kittens as it has some advice as to how best to do this. Kittens need  a specail shaped nipple to stimulate feeding, it needs to be long and thin.

here is the web page

best wishes Kate  


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Kate Tilmouth


I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.


I run my own cat website at and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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