So I’ve been fostering kittens off and on for about a year now. They’ve been mostly no trouble outside of the normal mess associated with them. But about three weeks ago I got a little single kitten who had been found outside. He’s clearly not feral as he’s a complete cuddle bug and loves being held. When I got him, he was 1lb 9oz. Not great for a 6 week old kitten but not terrible. So it was my job to get some weight on him.
I weighed him last night. 1lb 8oz. I’ve been tracking his weight so it’s not a huge surprise but damn if I can get him to eat! He acts hungry. Meowing and getting excited when I put food down but once he sees/smells it, walks away. I’ve tried everything! Changing foods, changing, bowls, heating it up, canned, dry, dry that’s been soaked in hot water, adult food, kitten food, everything. I’ve tried sprinkling bonito flakes on it (dried fish), hand feeding him, nothing works, The best I can get him to do is, if I put wet food on a spoon, he’ll take a few licks, maybe a small bite and stop. If I bring the spoon back like seconds later, he’ll do the same thing.
I’m getting worried not only because of this but because of the vet saying that if he doesn’t start gaining weight that might be indicative of FIP which, of course, has no definitive test to diagnose it. And they might not be able to continue with him. Does anyone have any other advice on how to get a kitten to eat?