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Old 01-03-2014, 03:16 PM
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Our 12-week old kitten got his distemper shot this morning and has not had any food or water the whole day. He's just been sleeping and occasionally opens his eyes and does some grooming but does not move around. I did some reading on the internet and read that some cats can be lethargic for several days. I'm worried that he might get dehydrated. How long is it safe for a kitten to go without food and water? Should I call the vet if he's not eating by tomorrow morning? They are open tomorrow but not on Sunday. Is there anything I can do to make him feel better?
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:25 PM
 
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Our 12-week old kitten got his distemper shot this morning and has not had any food or water the whole day. He's just been sleeping and occasionally opens his eyes and does some grooming but does not move around. I did some reading on the internet and read that some cats can be lethargic for several days. I'm worried that he might get dehydrated. How long is it safe for a kitten to go without food and water? Should I call the vet if he's not eating by tomorrow morning? They are open tomorrow but not on Sunday. Is there anything I can do to make him feel better?
Yes, if for no other reason than to play it safe and ease your mind. The fact that you are concerned is reason enough to call. I think 24 hrs is a bit too long for your kitten to go without any water. You might try to give him/her a little water with an eyedropper if he doesn't start drinking on his own.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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A three month old kitten should not go more than a few hours without food. Get some smelly canned food, add a little warm water to it, to make a nice mooshy pudding and try coaxing him to eat. Just do a little at a time. Finger feed him if you have to. Take a little on your finger and stick it under his nose. If he licks it, keep going. If he doesn't, try gently smearing a little over his lips, once he gets a taste it may spark his interest.

While this kind of reaction is not uncommon, he really should not go until tomorrow morning without any sustenance, you are right to be concerned.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:12 PM
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Thanks! He agreed to eat if I bring food to his bed and hand-feed him. We also dropped a little water in his mouth. Also took him to the litter box and he peed. I'll call the doctor tomorrow morning if he's not back to normal by then.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:58 PM
 
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Ah yes, that's the way, cater to him, way to go! Keep us posted!
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:49 PM
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I'm so happy, the little kitty is doing much better! He spent 10 minutes kicking around a cashew nut on the floor and then finished a small can of food. He's now purring on his bed. Thanks for your support, love this forum.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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Yay!
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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I'm so happy, the little kitty is doing much better! He spent 10 minutes kicking around a cashew nut on the floor and then finished a small can of food. He's now purring on his bed. Thanks for your support, love this forum.
Glad to hear he's doing better. Thought he would be. Vaccinations can knock the wind out of their sails for a little while sometimes.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:02 PM
 
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I'm so happy to hear your good news! I have to take 2 of ours in on Tuesday so seeing your update makes me feel better about bringing mine in for their shots :-)
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:29 PM
 
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So glad your kitten is feeling better!
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