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
is the process of transitioning kittens from mother’s milk to solid food.
During weaning, kittens gradually progress from dependence on a mother’s care
to social independence. Ideally, weaning is handled entirely by the mother cat.
However, if the kitten in your care has been separated from his mother or if
you are fostering a litter or a pregnant cat about to give birth, seeing the
young ones through a successful weaning process may be up to you.