Kittens are often a bundle of energy! Kittens love to explore their new world and take in all the sights, smells, sounds, and experiences. We panic when our kitten becomes weak or sleepy. Is there something wrong with my kitten? Is she ill? What can I do to help her?
These are questions that I know I am not the only pet owner to have. We care about our pets’ health and want to ensure they stay healthy. Even though kittens can be very playful, they spend most of their day asleep. A kitten’s weakness or lethargy could indicate a medical condition. You may need to consult a veterinarian.
This article will discuss the most common reasons your kitten is tired and weak. It also includes advice on when to call a veterinarian.
Why is my Kitten so sleepy and weak?
Your veterinarian should be contacted immediately if your kitten seems weak or sleepy. Your veterinarian should be contacted immediately if your kitten seems lethargic or weak. Lethargy and weakness are common signs that can be associated with many medical conditions.
1. Intestinal Worm Infestations
One of the most common diseases kittens contract is worms. Worms can also infect adult cats at any age. They can cause a cat to become weak and lethargic . Because kittens are smaller and less likely to be bitten, they are more susceptible to severe symptoms and may develop complications.
Kittens are very small so they eat very little. Your kitten might vomit food that it has eaten. It may be time to reduce the amount of food and feed it more often than the usual 2 to 3.
3. Severe dehydration
My kitten may also be weak or sleepy due to severe dehydration. Their bodies depend on water for their physiological functions. A kitten that is dehydrated will have reduced blood volume and poor circulation. This means less blood flow to their brain and muscles. This can lead to weakness or sleepiness.
4. Gastrointestinal Problems
Cats can become weak and sleepy due to GI (gastrointestinal) issues. It is almost common for kittens to lose appetite due to discomfort in their gastrointestinal tract. This can also cause them to become less hungry and may affect their ability absorb nutrients from the food they eat. They become tired and weak if they don’t get the nutrients they need.
What are the Other Signs of Illness in Kittens
- Appetite loss
- Diarrhea and/or Vomiting
- Coughing and breathing problems
- Discharge from eyes and nose
- Gums that are too pale or white
- Urine difficult to pass
Why is my kitten not eating?
A loss of appetite is a sign that something is not right. If your cat suddenly stops eating, be aware. There are many possible causes, such as infections, renal failure and pancreatitis. In addition, there may be intestinal problems or cancer. It isn’t always fatal. A simple toothache could cause your cat to stop eating.
- Recent Vaccination
Do you notice a decrease in appetite in your cat after routine vaccinations were administered? The reason your cat isn’t eating may be due to an adverse reaction to the shots. Side effects can occur in some animals. Vaccines are lifesavers for many animals. Side effects that are often temporary and mild include loss of appetite.
It is possible that a kitten won’t eat their food because the dish hasn’t been washed properly. After every meal, wash the bowl with detergent and rinse it well with water. Ceramic bowls are also an option, as they don’t retain food smells as well as plastic.
A new kitten may not eat due to pain in the gums or teeth. Teething pain can happen to kittens just as it does for babies. Teething pain can be so severe that your pet should not be allowed to eat. To rule out the possibility, consult your vet.
It is just as important where your kitten eats that what you put into it. Consider the location of your kitten’s food bowl if they are not eating. You should ensure that the kitten can eat in an area away from the litter box.
Remember that your kitten will prefer a single meal if there are other pets. Your kitten may be willing to try again if you place their food bowls apart.
What is the average amount of sleep for kittens?
Keep in mind, if you have just brought a kitten home, that the rule of thumb says the cat should get as much sleep as possible. A newborn kitten spends most of its day sleeping, which can be as long as 22 hours. Although kittens tend to sleep less as they age, even though they are six months old, they still get 16-20 hours of sleep per day.
Although it might seem like your kitten is asleep, his body is actually busy with repairing itself. These naps are essential for the development of his brain, and neurosystem.
The muscles and bones that have been strengthened over the hours of sleep are what give kittens their agility and elegance. A good night’s rest is important for your kitten’s health. If your kitten doesn’t get enough sleep, her temperament could worsen and she might even become sick.
What do you do if your kitten won’t eat?
There are many things you can do to get your kitten to eat. You should take your kitten slowly when transitioning to new foods. Your kitten may feel a bit sick if you try to do it all at once. It should take between seven and ten days.
These are some things that can help a kitten who isn’t hungry.
- You can try different types of kitten food.
- To make the kitten more interested in the food, heat it to body temperature. This is particularly important if the food was kept in the refrigerator.
- Make sure the bowl is clean and in good condition.
- Use soap and water to thoroughly clean the dish.
- You can change the location of your food bowl to a quieter area.
- At dinnertime, keep pets and children away from the kitten.
How do you diagnose your kitten?
Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam on your kitten to determine if it has been eating. This includes listening to his heart and lungs, and feeling the abdomen for abnormalities. A veterinarian may also request diagnostic tests, such as radiographs (xrays) of the abdomen of your kitten or an evaluation of a stool sample to rule out parasites. Follow your veterinarian’s instructions and inform your vet if your kitten is not responding to the medication.
Caring for your kitten at home
It may seem tempting to give your kitten home remedies or take over-the-counter medication, but this is not the best idea. Many of these “treatments,” while helpful at best, can be toxic at worst. Your kitten is very fragile and will not tolerate any new supplements. Your kitten can also be poisoned by many over-the-counter or human medications. You should consult your veterinarian before using any home remedies or medications.
Your veterinarian will help you get your kitten back to the food dish quickly. It is difficult to not panic if your kitten seems tired or weak. It is almost always an indication that your kitten is not well. You can take your kitten to the vet for treatment. Your kitten will soon be able to recover quickly. If you are going to introduce a new food type to your kitten’s diet, it is important not to change too much. Keep an eye on your kitten’s appetite and consult your veterinarian if there are any other episodes of your kitten not eating. Enjoy kittenhood and all it has to offer!