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post #1 of 15
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My two kittens were six weeks old yesterday. I've been trying to wean them for two weeks. They won't have anything to do with solid food! I have no idea what to do from here! Is there a chance that they aren't ready yet? Mama isn't nursing as much, and I'm afraid that they aren't getting enough food. Does anyone have any ideas or info?
post #2 of 15
What are you feeding them?
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post #3 of 15
What are you feeding them?



I have 4 kittens right now, about that age (I don't know exactly, they are rescues). Two are eating everything in sight and two are still suckling. I just figure don't all progress at the same rate. The mother will probably start teaching them to eat in a few days, anyway.
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post #4 of 15
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I'm sure they won't starve. I've been trying to feed them canned food and wetted down kitten food. My vet told me thay may not be ready for another two weeks. I just worry. I was one of the parents who took my daughter to the doctor when she got a cold.





One of them is starting to show an interest in the food dish, just not the food in the dish.
post #5 of 15
I wouldn't worry. If the mother is a good one she'll teach them. They still have plenty of time to learn.
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post #6 of 15
All the kittens I've rescued were eating some form of solid food by 6weeks. I'd usually just leave a bowl of dry food and a bowl of wet food down for them. Ofcourse most of the kittens I've rescued were bottlefed, so it was easier to keep them from getting the formula. I just introduced the food early on, even when they weren't quite down nursing....just to let them "get to know it".
post #7 of 15
<----Zelda, who was orphaned, started eating solid food late. I started mixing her formula with wet food to make a kind of gruel. At first she had no interest, then she started just sticking her face (and paws) in it and sucking it up. Very soon after she went straight to dry food. She was late with her litter training too, but both kind of kicked in one day.
post #8 of 15
Another thing...



If they are still in that "wanting to suck" stage, you can get one of those small syringe feeders and put some wet food in that and let them suck on it.



THat worked out well for a kitten I rescued a few years ago. She wanted nothing to do with the wet food and didn't want to stop "nursing" on the syringe feeders so I, at first, mixed the wet food with the formula and then gradually made it to just the wet food and then when she got used to the taste and the texture of it, i was putting the wet food on a paper plate for her.
post #9 of 15
I think they are very young to be weaning. Feral cats will nurse for 12 weeks or longer.



Just let them keep nursing and if Mama won't let them as much, they will eat when they get hungry.
post #10 of 15
I think they are awfully young as well. We've had several batches of kittens (please don't start a spay/neuter rant here - thanks - taken care of) and the Mamma ALWAYS helped them wean by 12 weeks, though SOME were interested in food before that.



Don't push it, wean them too early and they'll want to knead with their paws/claws!! and suck on EVERYTHING - blankets, pillows, people's hair, the dog, toys, etc LONG after they grow up....
post #11 of 15
On a similar subject, how old do you reckon kittens should be before going off to find new homes? I've always believed at least 10 to 12 weeks before considering it, but the cat place I am fostering this bunch for say 8 weeks is best.
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post #12 of 15
I don't think kittens should be separated from their mothers before twelve weeks. Every "expert" I've ever read has said that twelve weeks is the absolute minimum healthy time. I'm really surprised to hear eight weeks--that seems way too young to me.



Tofu-&-Sprouts is right about the sucking--my kitten was separated from his mama way early (out of my hands--he was a rescue) and he would suck suck suck all day long if he could.
post #13 of 15
That's what I thought, MollyGoat. Like I said above, I normally wouldn't even start to look for new home before that age, let alone let the kittens go off to them. I have the option of keeping them here until they find homes, or letting them go the the shopfront place. I'd much rather keep them here.
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post #14 of 15
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I think they may be too young too. Mama is already starting to back off nursing. Twelve weeks seems good. I had homes for both of them, but one of them backed out. It looks like I have to keep him. Oh darn, do I have to? Thanks for the great advice everyone!
post #15 of 15
They sure are cute at that age. One of mine voluntarily got in my lap today! They've all been hissing up until now.
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