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Unread 08-23-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation New kitten, need help. Also a new member so hey!

I got a 8-10 week old British Shorthair kitten 2 days ago. A point to keep in mind before suggesting me any particular brand of pet stuff is that I live in Abu Dhabi, UAE (Dubai) and pets arent given much importance here. Theres just a small section in the supermarket that sells pet food, kitty litter, collars, brushes and other basic stuff. There arent many vets here either. But I took him to the vet and the vet said he's ok.

So anyway, the kitten I bought: (in order of decreasing concern :P)

1- Hasnt pooed since he came here 2 days ago (its been about 50 hours) He's been eating, drinking, peeing but not pooing. I tried rubbing the warm moist washcloth on his butt thing and rubbing my hand on his abdomen but none of it works. And vets are closed Friday, Saturday here and todays Saturday so I cant go to the vet till tomorrow, so it would be great if I could get her to poo today.

2- He eats only boiled chicken. I tried giving him whiskas moist kitten food as well as dry (which is the only brand of cat food here and theres Purina too) but he doesnt eat either. I tried mixing some of it with boiled chicken but then he wont even eat the chicken. And I'm not sure the chicken contains everything a growing kitten needs.

3- He's not very playful. I'm not saying he's lethargic, just not very playful. He sleeps most of the day. When he's awake, he'll walk up to you and sit beside you and climb into your lap and he looks fine but he wont play. I bought him a few toys including a catnip spring thing but he just stares at it and wont play with it. Maybe this is just his unique personality?
 
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He just pooed. What a relief. It was light brown- goldenish. I couldnt see any worms. Isnt normal kitty poo supposed to be dark brown?
 
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He was most likely nervous and that why he wasn't pooing, and the color/density is also probably a nervous thing, but keep an eye on it, as well as the eating. You may look into feeding him a home-made diet as there are not pet-foods at the supermarket that I would feed to my animal. Maybe write down the kinds of food they have to give an idea of what we're working with.

He may not feel all too good and thats why he's not playing and bouncing like a kitten should, it took about 3 weeks when i rescued my first, she was completely malnourished and didn't even know how to eat solid food.

Make sure he's not on a clumping litter as kitten tend to put anything in their mouth and this could create a block in their intestine. And worms aren't necessarily visible and you should get him vaccinated and wormed regardless.

where are the picture of the little bugger!!!!????

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^The little bugger XD I think he's getting better. He was probably just settling in
 
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Oh my gosh what a little cutie,I'm so glad he's had a poo now,it can be worrying.I suppose he's just settling in.He'll be running around the place like a normal cheeky kitty before you know it.I have an aunt and uncle living in Dubai.I would love to visit there one day.xxxxx
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So lovely & cute! He remembers me my Brenda when was a little kitten!
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You should make an album Maya of all your cats when they were kittens,I would love to see them.Where are the promised pics of Dino.I'm so impatient.xxxxx
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Sorry you must wait a little more I'm busy with Dom now, very concerned.
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Oh love him,how is he?I hate it when they're not well.I've been giving Marley her tabs every day,she hates them.She's much better though.xxxxx
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Lots of good thoughts coming your way! keep up updated!
 
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