We adopted a 12 wk old kitten from a pet store in December, and noticed after some time that we could no longer leave a full bowl of food out. He began having gas problems, having bowel movements SEVERAL times a day and vomiting. He would gulp his food like he hadn't eaten in days. We began measuring his food according to the guidelines on the bag, and giving it to him twice a day, half at a time. I even started spreading it out on a plate so he would have to eat all around instead of taking bigger mouthfuls out of a bowl. He still swallows it without chewing, and he forages for food around our house! He's CRAZY! He's constantly on the table or counter top looking for food that we might have forgotten about (and with 3 kids, that can happen occasionally). He's even knocked over the trash can. He is really starting to get on my nerves. The food is Iams, and it's shaped like small round balls. Should I try a more triangular or sharp edged food so he won't be able to swallow it so easily?
If you adopted it, what did the rescue say about it? Did they give you any information or vet, records?
If you purchased a kitten from a pet store, again what about vet records?
In either case, the kitten should see a vet to rule out and issues, such as worms. If that is not the problem, they make a bowl for dogs called a Brake-fast bowl. It has some bumps in so a dog can not chow down. They may make something similar for cats.
My first reaction, is something is not right. Most cats are not chow hounds, and it doesn't make sense to me. I would have a vet look at him asap.
He was given to us with a packet. He's had his first series of immunizations, and we were told that he had been checked for worms. We were given a voucher for free neutering and his second series of immnz. When we first took him home, his spine was protruding, but he gained weight VERY quickly because he was scarfing down all the food that we were leaving out for him. He's very healthy; he's shiny and active....he just acts like we never feed him. He ate an avocado off of our table today. I think he has mental issues! LOL
if he was starved, he doesn't understand that food will alway be there now. It will take time. As long as he is able to find food on the counters, he will continue to eat everything he finds. You all need to make sure all food it up out of his reach, and that includes getting the kids involved. Look for one of those break-fast bowls, and that will help slow down his eating.
He will jump up to where there is food, you have to make sure he is not "rewarded" for stealing those things, but not letting them be there.
Our new kitten did the same thing when we got him. He ate like he would never get food again, he basically attacked us while we were eating and was all around obnoxious about food. After several months that behavior stopped entirely. I do not know why but it was like all of a sudden I noticed he hasnt been attacking us for our dinner. I dont remember whether all of our cats were like that when they were kittens because it's been so long, but apparently his behavior was not unique.
I personally get another check for worms since the life cycle is like it is entirely possible for him to have gotten worms again in the shelter or else where. Thats my first concern with kittens eating alot and runny poop. but it can be a sign of stress or from a new diet we all know that some of the shelters (at least here have no consitant diet. if poop is still runny get it checked for your piece of mind as well.
for cats who have been starved it takes a while sometimes years to come to realization it is always going to be there. it takes time and understanding, leaving food where they can get it all times can help and offering wet food at normal mealtimes has worked for us in the past. eventually they do learn that they are safe and food is plentiful. however food agression should be handled as soon as possible and there are many good articles on this out there.
You should have definitely taken him to your vet as soon as you brought him home. Even as a breeder (dogs) we require the new owner have the puppy checked by their vet within a certain time period after they take them home. Even though we have them checked and cleared as well, it helps to have both vets on the same page and everyone knowing all is well. It makes you more secure in your new pets well being and covers the breeders butt as well :P
I do see that you hot your kitten from a Pet shop So, in that regard, I would definitely take it to the vet. Coming from a pet shop, there is no excuse for the kitten to have been under weight! A rescue I can understand, but the store should not be placing any animal unless they are 100%.
He sounds like a mischievious lil one, lol A vet check will rule out any issues as well as help you feel better about his behavior.
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