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I adopted an 8 week old kitten from a local kill shelter on Monday 12/2/12 and have taken him to the vet 3 times since then. He has had a distemper vaccine, been dewormed, and had flea medication. I took him to the vet right after picking him up from the shelter to get a wormer and his nails clipped but he did not actually see the vet that day. When I took him for his initial visit the next day (Tuesday) they gave him AmoxiDrops for a cold, as well as his distemper vaccine. I took him back yesterday (Friday) because he had been vomiting and wouldn't eat since Thursday afternoon. They gave him fluids, something for vomiting and something for mucus in his stool, and said he has something akin to food poisoning he picked up from being in the shelter. The thing is, I still can't get him to eat anything without having to use a syringe to put it down his throat. I have tried dry food, wet food, rice with chicken broth, mashed potatoes, and kitten formula. The kitten formula is the only thing I have been able to get down him successfully (about 5 ml today.) If you have any advice as to what I could do to get him to eat or how much and how often I should give him the kitten formula it would be greatly appreciated, but I am on a limited budget as I've already spent over $200 on him this week. Thank you in advance!

Hi Somer,

I am having problems with the site here. You need to look up something called kitty glop. Type it into the search bar. You will find it in my previous answers. Feed this to the kitten. It is inexpensive to make. Keep the kitten warm. Don't let it get chilled. Get a kitten nursing bottle from Wal Mart. Try and use that to feed him. Keep him on this for about two weeks. You can then switch him over to regular kitten food then. Hope this helps. Good luck and take care.

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I can give advice on cat behavior. I can help about newborn kitten care. I can help with senior cat care. I can answer questions about cat proofing a home or making it cat friendly. I can answer diet questions. I can answer home treatments questions for cats. At present I have 13 cats in home and two ferals outside. And there's always room for one more!


I have over 40 year's experience with cats. Father was a veterinarian and I assisted him in his work. I have 15 cats at present. Most are shelter or feral rescues. I have one purebred cat. I have done cat rescues and foster care. Some thoughts to carry with you. A Cat's 10 Commandments My life is likely to last 15-20 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. Give me time to understand what you want of me. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. Before you swat me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could draw blood. And claws to strike back. And yet I choose not to attack you. If I don't act right then have me checked to see what is wrong. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so. Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters. Pass this on.

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