My kitten keeps being sick

(15 Posts)
Somethingtothinkabout Sat 05-Oct-13 18:25:33

She is about 16 weeks old, we've had her about 8 weeks. She's lovely and cuddly and great fun, seems very content.

But she keeps being sick. The first night we had her she was sick just in front of her bed the following morning, a tiny amount. We were feeding her dried food with water in it to soften it for her. We started to mix some wet kitten food in with her feeds and she seemed to prefer it (would wolf it down) so we started giving her just wet, but she was still being sick and it got more and more frequent.

We changed brands, even more sick, changed again, still sick. I bought a Sainsbury kitten food as it has a selection of flavours (in case she didn't like all the chicken flavoured stuff) still sick. We switched back to dry and bought cat milk to put in with it (I put the milk in with the watered-down biscuits) seemed ok for two or three days but has now been sick every day for last three days sad I'm running out of ideas.

She's been to the vet twice for her injections and I told the vet at her second one but she just said not to worry, all kittens are sick sometimes and because she putting on weight and is very bright and alert she seems ok, but I am worried.

She's an indoor cat. No plants or anything left about for her to eat. She seems perfectly content and seems to enjoy her food (a LOT!) but it always seems to be within 3 hours of eating. Sometimes she throws up her entire meal. The yowling and convulsions every other day is starting to break my heart. She's fine just before and straight after it. It doesn't look like furballs, it looks like her food. She's been wormed too. Poo looks fine.

Previous owners said she was fine (but I wouldn't trust everything they say, they were not responsible breeders as they had another unplanned litter within weeks of this one).

The brands we've tried are Iams, Science Plan, Royal Canin, Sainsbury`s (all wet kitten) and Go Cat Kitten for the dry (with water in it).

Please help! Although she seems happy and unfazed by it, this can't be too pleasant for her. sad

Sorry for typos, am on kindle.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 05-Oct-13 20:08:53

Are you feeding pouches or tinned?

I fed mine on plain chicken for 6 months because he was so sick, you can't do it forever because there's not enough taurine in it.

Somethingtothinkabout Sat 05-Oct-13 21:11:29

Oh thank you Fluffy! Would the packets of cooked chicken do or would it need to be raw then cooked at home? What would be easier on her tummy?

We're giving her pouches at the mo.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 05-Oct-13 21:19:34

Pouches don't affect mine but some have cereals in them sometimes, which is what upsets mine.

I used to buy bags of frozen chicken breast and boil them as needed.

Try a small portion and see how she gets on, there's another thread on here tonight about digestive problems.

TheSilverySoothsayer Sat 05-Oct-13 21:42:06

I don't suppose you are making the same mistake as I did 17 years ago when DCat was a kitten - serving wet food too cold? It doesn't sound like it from your post, but just in case...

PipkinsPal Sat 05-Oct-13 21:43:01

Worms?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 05-Oct-13 21:44:04

That reminds me of mum heating the cats food in the microwave for exactly 5 seconds so it was blood temp.

TheSilverySoothsayer Sat 05-Oct-13 21:52:29

I'm afraid it was straight out of the fridge blush - took me a while to twig what I was doing wrong...

Somethingtothinkabout Sat 05-Oct-13 21:57:44

Thanks for all your ideas. I will try the boiled chicken.

're the food temp, it is stored at room temperature and I often put half boiled water in with both the wet and dry food (so she would drink enough too). Do you think the opposite could be true?

Somethingtothinkabout Sat 05-Oct-13 22:01:15

Don't think worms, she was (apparently) worked by the breeders and the vet worked her on her first visit. Could she gets worms in spite of that?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 05-Oct-13 22:02:09

If its wet food I keep it in Tupperware in the fridge so it doesn't go rancid.

issey6cats Sun 06-Oct-13 22:53:31

i would try giving her the food as it comes out of the tin or packet as really at four months she is old enough to eat dry biscuits and tinned or pouches as they come, you say you are watering all her food down, you dont need to if shes on mixed foods she will certainly be getting enough water from wet food and out of a water bowl, this might be whats making her throw up an overdose of water and yes this can happen, and try to syick to one sort of food and one sort of biscuits as chopping and changing her food will upset her stomach, all mine get butchers classic tinned and feline fayre dry and apart from jasper who tends to gulp his biscuits down and then promptly lob them back up two minuteds later, non of mine are constantly been sick

Caitlin17 Mon 07-Oct-13 01:14:22

Absolutely agree with you. Do not add water to the food. Wet food is wet enough and dry food is meant to be dry. She needs to have access to a bowl of fresh water but it's up to her to drink it. Cats don't actually drink that much and they know how much they need and of course excessive drinking of water can be an indication of kidney problems but there is never any need to add water to food.

VenusDeWillendorf Mon 07-Oct-13 09:13:13

Cook some white fish for her, and feed her little and often, about five tittle meals of fish a day.

Actually you may have to feed her raw rabbit ground up with the bones.
These are lots of suppliers of raw complete rabbit in the uk.

Cats are carnivores, and it's best to feed raw food, including offal and bones - just like they would eat in the wild.

They certainly shouldn't have any cereal!!

Hope you get it sorted soon, the poor little thingsad

Somethingtothinkabout Tue 08-Oct-13 20:17:46

You all may be onto something with the water in the dry. I did it initially because of her wee baby teeth and she didn't drink water from the water bowl and it seemed a good way to trick her (kindly), but she doesn't struggle with biting dry anymore, so I'll cut the water out. It might have been making it expand even more in her tummy and she'll vomit the excess.

She threw up again today, so we've just been to the petshop and bought James Wellbeloved and Applaws which seems to be low in cereals and I've read people on here say they are good quality, I think.

If that doesn't work, then it's fresh fish and chicken for her shock

DP thinks she's faking so I feel sorry for her and I just let her eat my dinner. grin

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