If there is a partial blockage, swallowing can be difficult and
painful, but the cat does not necessarily
regurgitate. A cat with a painful esophagus makes repeated attempts to swallow
the same mouthful and eats slowly. There may be noticeable weight loss, and as
the condition becomes more painful, the cat may stop eating altogether.
swallowing can be associated with mouth infections, dental infections, sore
throat, or tonsillitis. Cats with these conditions also often have drooling and
halitosis. Sometimes, the cat can eat softened or liquid foods but not hard or
dry foods. Some cats will lick the “gravy” off canned foods but not eat the
During the first few weeks of life, a kitten’s primary concerns are feeding, keeping warm, developing social skills and learning how to excrete on his own. In most cases, humans will simply watch the mother cat perform her duties. However, if the kitten in your care has been separated from his mother or if the mother cat has rejected her young or cannot produce enough milk, caring for him is up to you.