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If not just move it or amend Susan..

so you mostly all know we have a new kitty.
a Rescue cat, whose age we are not sure of, cos her mommy got killed (presumed) and her kittens were found and , well, rescued.

so she had a, not so good start in life.

she is underweight, well she was when we took her to the vet for first check up and vaccination, and vet said we had to get her weight up before she would do it..

so now... she is on the vets recommended soft food, (she also has, or hopefully, had a sore spot on the roof of her mouth)

she has increased her eating a lot in the last couple of weeks..

now that is the question..

she loves to be cuddled. and purrs away, but I have to really encourage her to eat.. she takes some time to eat also.. eats a bit, leaves it, almost as though she is waiting for the food to go down, and through, her little stomach (I presume that)

well I am presuming a lot, I just don`t know.

so to get her to eat more, she ate in her alloted place, then,I would take her on my lap, mostly when I am wearing my furry dressing gown..

and get her to eat, as I cuddled her, stroked her,, and led her back to the food dish..

on and off

so question,, any comments on her behaviour? I read that cats are not greedy and don`t overeat,,, and obviously she stops eating when she feels full..

so what is with this cuddling and encouraging that she needs to eat?

she is very playful... loads of energy in between sleeping

Susan just amend or move this, whatever you think is best... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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She sounds like she is fine. I have a couple cats who are total pigs, they eat all their food and then clean up everyone else's bowls, if I am not [sign in to see URL] rest are dainty eaters.
My mom and Dad's cat is a very dainty eater. Mom can give her 2 tablespoons of food, and she will take all day to eat that. Sometimes she would not finish it and did not like it when it was hard. So now they give her ONE heaping tablespoon in the morning and one in the evening. And that is all she [sign in to see URL] petite.
I would not force her or coax her to eat more. You could be starting her on a bad [sign in to see URL] she may end up fat later on in life.
AS long as she is happy, full of energy and sleeping [sign in to see URL]'t force her to eat more. Let her eat what and how she likes. Maybe do a little moist food, 3 times a day to keep it fresh.
It is in my experience that a cat, will NEVER starve unless they literally can not physically eat. I've even seen one with a busted jaw, lap up moist [sign in to see URL] was messy, but it ate!

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oh thanks for this Queeny, I was hoping, that with all your experience, you could soothe my worrying...



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I totally agree with all Queeny said. I think of the dainty eaters as browsers. They eat little bits all day long and that is pretty much how all of mine eat. I would not coax her to eat on your lap. You could be creating a very bad habit. Put her food bowl away from her water and away from her litter box. If it is near the water, they tend to contaminate it. If it is near the litter she may refuse to eat it. I would also keep a small bowl of dry food available to her, other than her wet food. When the roof of her mouth stops hurting she may just want it and it will help keep her teeth clean.

Hobbes looks like skin and bones, but he is lively, lovey and healthy. He loves to be held. It is just the way he is built. Jacob has a similar build. Joseph, on the other hand, is chubby. I think a lot of that is genetics. If she is lively and curious, she is probably healthy and she will eventually be the weight she is meant to be.

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Yeah, my little Miss Gaia (10 years old) and Miss Kitty are both very dainty eaters.
As is Mom's Mimi.... Mom's cat INSISTS on fresh spoonfuls of moist cat food, 3 times a day. AND even [sign in to see URL] close to 'certain' times! emoticon

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I might add too Nanny that if she is a new kitty that it takes a while for them to settle in. Everything is new to her and once she settles into her new setting and gets comfortable she will get more on an eating schedule. If she lost her mama early on then she may have been handled a lot as a kitten. She is just used to being cuddled and handled which is good. Some cats hate to be cuddled. My Tiramisu loves to be petted but not so much picked up and is definitely not a lap cat. Just give her time and you will notice that she gets more into an eating schedule. I agree with Susa on the kibble. I would put a small dish of it out for her and she can eat it if she wants to. I am so happy she has you Nanny!! What a lucky cat! You are my hero emoticon

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