- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2015
Hi Bees! I’m not on here often, but I’m trying to exhaust my resources, at this point.
My husband and I randomly brought home a new kitten on Friday night. My older kitten, 11 months old, wasn’t too happy (hissing at its smell), but we kept them separated, and he was fine. By the next morning, he was curious about the kitten that we were keeping in the spare bedroom. We kept them separated all day, only exposing them to each other for a few minutes a few times on Saturday, which went alright… a little batting, but nothing crazy. They were curious about each other. We also had a cookout, so there were more people in the house than normal, but my older cat is pretty social. He slept for the first half, then hung out with everyone during the second half of the party. Saturday night was the last time he ate his food.
I slept with him and my husband slept with the new kitten on Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday morning, I got up to feed them, feeding them separately, but that was the first time my older cat wouldn’t eat. He was so interested in the new kitten we were keeping in the spare bedroom, he wouldn’t touch his food. He still woke me up with kisses to feed him, and gave me kisses when I prepared his food, but when I put his food down, he wouldn’t touch it. Well, they were getting along so well, we decided to let the kitten out for a while, and they adjusted to each other really well. By the end of the day Sunday, they were sleeping by each other. Monday, I stayed home, and I woke up with both of them sleeping at my feet.
Yesterday (Monday), the older cat still wasn’t eating. He was also really sleepy all day. I called the vet, and they said to try keeping the kitten in another room and keep feeding time normal for the older cat, but he still wasn’t eating. They ended up having me bring him in. They said everything checked out fine and that he’s probably being stubborn. They said to keep an eye on him, make sure there’s no vomiting or diarrhea, they gave me pheremone wipes, and told me if he still isn’t eating by this afternoon (Tuesday), to give him some canned tuna.
This morning, I woke up to yellow bile vomit in the bathroom. I can’t say it was definitely the older cat, but he does typically try to vomit near his litter box in the bathroom if he can help it. I fed the cats this morning, keeping the kitten upstairs in our bedroom, but he wouldn’t eat again. When I brought the kitten down for food, she wasn’t interested at first, so no one touched their dishes. But some time between feeding them and an hour later, one of them ate. When I talked to the vet, the tech had an attitude with me, and said she’ll have the doctor call me back.
I called my friend who was a vet tech once, and she said that he probably vomited because he made himself so sick from not eating. I offered him tuna, and he ate that up (of course). I tried mixing it with his food, but he was less excited. I put some chunks on top of his food, and he was more willing to eat the chunks off the top.
The vet tech called me back and was a bit more understanding, told me to fast my older cat until late in the day, and separate the cats for the day…. the cats don’t like to be separated anymore. They started throwing themselves at the door and trying to play with each other through the door.
What would you do in this situation? I stayed home to keep a super close eye on the older cat today, just to make sure he’s okay… but I’m seriously at a loss. I don’t want my older cat to get even more stressed out by separating him from his new companion… but I just want him to eat. He’s still loveable, but he’s just so intrigued by the kitten. He hasn’t shown any signs of aggression since Saturday. Today he’s SUPER active. They were playing for hours this morning.
Sorry this is so long. I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a straight answer, but I know it’s so hard when you can’t just ask the thing what’s wrong and what you can do for it! I just want my little boy to feel better.
Thank you so much, in advance.