Why Does My Kitten Whine So Much?

Your kitten is probably sick. If the whining has been going on for more than a few days, your cat may have an ear infection or another illness such as diabetes or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Ear infections are very common in kittens and usually cause crying and squirming of the young animal. Squealing can be caused by other conditions, including: poor nutrition; parasites; tumors; nerve damage from chronic ear mites and other skin problems. Your veterinarian can diagnose these conditions through examination of the ears, blood tests and x-rays if necessary.

What do I feed my kitten? Why does he/she eat too much?

Kittens need to eat about 10% more food than adult cats to maintain their body weight when they first arrive at your home (the approximate daily requirement is 3 – 4 times that amount). Adult cats typically gain 1½ pounds per week while kittens gain 0¼ pound approximately every 2 weeks until they reach their adult size! There are several things you can do at home to make sure your pet gets enough calories: increase his/her water intake before meals (especially if you notice him/her drinking less) add fresh greens like romaine lettuce into his/ her diet offer cooked vegetables topped with meat scraps use a measuring cup instead of a bowl for portion control provide unlimited access to water throughout the day place dry food in front of him/her so he/she doesn’t feel left out