4 week old constipated kitten.suggestions that we can try b4 turning to vet?
Topic: 4 week old constipated kitten.suggestions that we can try b4 turning to vet?
June 19, 2019 / By Breann Question:
We have a kitten that we are bottle feeding and he seems to be constipated...he is not quite 4 weeks so not sure what to give him that will make him go.
Best Answers: 4 week old constipated kitten.suggestions that we can try b4 turning to vet?
Alesha | 3 days ago
Ironically enough I just had this same problem with my kitten. I rescued him from the roadside, he was in very poor health, malnourished and had pneumonia. The vet said he was about 6 weeks old. He started eating well but wasn't using the bathroom on his own. The first couple days I had to manually stimulate him as some of the other answers talk about. My vet recommended putting a couple of drops of mineral oil in his bottle. That seemed to work, after about 3 feedings using this method he was going on his own. I only used the oil for about 4 days & he's fine now. Good luck.
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Originally Answered: Got a constipated 5-week old kitten .?
When he gets constipated feed him baby food meat - human baby food - just the meats. My cat liked the lamb and chicken the best. That will help get him back on track.
Another thing is that the canned food does not have as much fiber (not by half) as the dry stuff, so mix some dry with the canned maybe half and half.
Some warm water if he will drink it may help his tummy when it's hurting too.
Water. Cats usually become constipated when they are not getting enough hydration. You can also try cat grass but since the kitty is too young, you might want to just stick with water.
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you could always call the vet and ask them, no need to take it in so they can charge you an arm and a leg, or even go to like PetSmart or Petco
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Stroke it. Pet it with your hand from neck to hindquarters. If you want, use a small towel or flannel. It has to be stroked in order to move things through its system. Without that, it dies.
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You didn't mention if you are feeding the kitten a homemade solution or using a kitten formula like KMR. I'd recommend KMR which is expensive, but since the kitten is four weeks old, you won't need that much of it because that is the age when you can attempt to introduce kitten food, preferably canned with a bit of KMR mixed in it to thin it out some unless the kitten takes to the food as is.
I agree with Danl about your kitten possibly needing some stimulation and you can do that with a cotton ball dampened with slightly warm water. Massage the anal area gently as this simulates the mother cleaning the kitten there. The mother does this since kittens take awhile before they are able to go on their own. Yours is close in age to do that by itself, too, but perhaps not quite ready, especially since you are estimating age.
When a kitten bites a nipple and gets irritated, usually this is a sign it is ready to start weaning, but again that is a gradual process you shouldn't rush.
If you are using something other than kitten formula, what you are feeding the kitten may be causing the constipation if it is not the needed stimulation.
You can also use a dampened slightly warm cotton ball where the kitten goes pee and massage that area gently because it may need some help to pee.
If this does not resolve the problem, I am glad you will be taking the kitten to a Vet.
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Originally Answered: orphaned kitten constipated?
First of all, stop giving her human baby formula. She is 5 months old and needs kitten food. No milk. Most cats/kittens are lactose intolerant and will get diarrhea from the formuls.
Give her kitten food. Plain and simple kitten food. Canned kitten food with a little added water will solve your problem. 5 month old kittens do not need milk, kitten or otherwise.