Need help getting kitten to eat solid food
My husband found an abandoned kitten at work a week and a half ago and brought her home. We took her to the vet and got her checked out and made an appointment to come back for shots, etc. He said she was 3-4 weeks old at the time. We've been feeding her kitten formula in a bottle and that's been fine. The vet said we could start her on kitten chow. I tried mushing it up in warm water, but she turned up her nose at that. Then I tried wet kitten food, mashed up with a little formula and warmed, and she wouldn't eat that either. So last night I started mixing a little of the warmed wet food with the formula and putting that in the bottle. I had to cut the tip off so it would come out, but she likes it. How do I transition her to eating out of a plate? I'm using a tiny dish (one made for olive oil dipping), so I know that's not it. I dip my finger in it and rub it on her lips, but no go. Is she just too young yet? Her baby teeth are in good now. After I feed her, I put her in her litter box (a pie pan) and she goes. We are keeping her in a rabbit cage for her safety. We have two other cats and they are staying far away from her for the most part, but sometimes their curiosity overcomes them and they have to come closer to check her out. It always ends up with them hissing or growling and then hastily beating a retreat. We keep her in a room by herself at night, with a towel over the cage. We also take her out on our screened porch for exercise. She really likes to romp around out there. We haven't let her roam about the house yet, because she does still go outside the box once in awhile. Plus, I'm afraid she'll chew on electrical cords or something. We've never had a little kitten. Our other cats were bigger when we got them...or when they found us. Thanks for any advice. BTW, her name is Taji.