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A. Classical dwarfism such as is seen in people is extremely rare in cats but there are many other reasons for stunted growth. If she is otherwise well I would get your vet to check her at your next wellness/vaccination visit but she should be sooner if there is any evidence of ill thrift such as chronic diarrhea/vomiting or poor appetite as she is still old enough to maintain a good growth rate from here

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Small size as a kitten may indicate a runt and is often the most outward sign. The size of an adult cat is hard to predict. Multiple factors include breed, gender, nutrients, and illness. Litter runts who survive six to eight weeks are likely to grow close to full size.
Genetics. Even amongst humans, one sibling can be much shorter than another. It just depends on what genes are inherited. Not all cat breeds are the same size or build either, and a litter of kittens can have more than father so might inherit different genes also.
Cats, like people, vary in size. If they`re healthy and active, its fine. Some cats and dogs are just small for their breed. If your kitten is doing well; she just might be one of the small ones.
The Genetics Could Play a Role

Genetics can play a big role in determining their size! For instance, a mother cat is small in size and has genes that code for a petite frame. If the father cat also has similar genes, there`s a high chance that their offspring will inherit those genes as well!

It`s quite hard to define specific small cat breeds, as even the larger breeds will sometimes have the odd small kitty, but there are some which are naturally smaller in stature. Singapuras, munchkins and Siamese cats are cats that stay small but we have even more to show you.
There are many different variables to account for size difference. Genetics does play a role, as does feeding. Larger, greedier kittens will nurse more often and push runts out of the way. Also a kitten could have a birth defect that keeps them from putting on weight, like a heart murmur or a digestive issue.
Male cats tend to be more social and affectionate with both humans and other cats. They commonly form strong bonds with other cats in the home, even when they are not from the same litter. Females, on the other hand, are often more standoffish. If you are looking for a cuddle bug, adopting a male may be your best bet.
Like most mammals, male cats of any breed tend to be a little larger in size than their female counterparts. However, in general terms, both male and female cats tend to weigh between 6 to 12 pounds and stand about 8 to 10 inches high.
Cats are considered “full-grown” when they reach 18 months, which is equivalent to the age of a 21-year-old human, according to PetMD. Between the span of those 12 to 18 months, a cat can continue to grow in size. Some breeds do not even reach full size until they are 2 years old, says PetMD.
The good news is that most kittens calm down with age. Cats develop much quicker than their hooman families so you can expect your kitten to slow down at around 9-14 months as they advance into adulthood.
If you have a young cat at home and want a second, consider adopting one kitten of the opposite sex, as same-sex cats are much more prone to fight each other for dominance. Your resident cat will still be young enough to recall having fun with her littermates, and the new kitten will be more than happy to oblige.
Kittens with poor nutrition grow slower and can end up smaller. Diet: Proper nutrition means proper growth. Your kitten should get a balanced, nutritional diet of kitten food for the first year of its life. Some can require kitten food longer (like the larger cats who are still growing), but most average 10 lb.
Unlike puppies, a kitten`s paw size does not indicate how big they will grow to be. However, tall back legs are often a sign that a cat is going to be bigger than average. Keep in mind that a cat`s breed, gender, and upbringing will impact their adult weight, making it tough to predict exactly how big they will be.
World`s Smallest Cat Breed: Singapura

The smallest cat breed in the world, the Singapura may be half the size of the average cat (as little as 4 pounds!) but he has a big presence. This tiny breed is active and affectionate and wants to know what everybody`s doing all the time.

When Do Kittens Become Adults? Most kittens are considered adults around their first birthday. For some larger breed cats, like Maine Coons, it can take up to 18 months to 2 years to reach their full size.
Fading Kitten Syndrome refers to a kitten`s failure to thrive during the period between birth and when they wean from their mother or from a bottle for hand-fed kittens. This period lasts about four to five weeks (when a kitten is most vulnerable to sickness).
Single kitten syndrome is the idea that young kittens, when raised with other young kittens and cats and then adopted into a home by themselves, can become aggressive, anxious, stressed, and even develop behavioral issues like inappropriate chewing/scratching and inappropriately using the litterbox.
Young kittens often miss their mom and siblings and show signs of separation anxiety after being taken into the new home. However, it doesn`t take them too long to adapt to the new home and develop bonds with their new family. Once this happens, they typically forget their mom and siblings.
Studies have shown families who adopt two kittens from the same litter are far more likely to keep those cats in their home long-term than families adopting a single kitten. Most adult cats, in contrast, are not very tolerant of other adult cats outside their family group.
Myth: Male cats are more affectionate towards humans and bond really well with their owners. Female cats are aloof and, because of their mothering instincts, prefer other cats to humans. Reality: This usually comes down to your cat`s individual personality.
A comprehensive poll of feline veterinary practitioners several years ago actually rated male cats as more affectionate than female cats. “Male cats are often more friendly than female cats,” says Susan Saffron, author of several books on pets and founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals.
Are Male Cats More Affectionate to Female Owners? While a cat`s gender doesn`t seem to make a difference in terms of affection, Posluns notes that studies of cat personality also suggest it has little influence on the type of relationship with their owner.
Many pet owners say that female cats are quieter, calmer, and less playful than males. Females also tend to be more independent and happy to spend time alone, so a female cat can be a good choice if you`ll be out at work all day and just want to be welcomed with a purr when you get home.
When buying a pet cat, many people want to know which one is more intelligent and will be a better learner. But let us tell you that there is no such thing as the more intelligent gender among cats.

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Q. My kitten is around 8 months old she is about half the size of her brother and hasn’t grown very much at all, I was thinking maybe she has dwarfism?
ANSWER : A. Classical dwarfism such as is seen in people is extremely rare in cats but there are many other reasons for stunted growth. If she is otherwise well I would get your vet to check her at your next wellness/vaccination visit but she should be sooner if there is any evidence of ill thrift such as chronic diarrhea/vomiting or poor appetite as she is still old enough to maintain a good growth rate from here

Q. I recently added a new 2 month old female kitten to my house and my male 5 month the old kitten has turned aggressive and chases the kitten down..
ANSWER : A. It is possible it could be play behavior but without seeing it in person, hard to say. Is the male kitten neutered? You may want to consider doing so. Also, try re-introducing the kittens slowly by creating a safe space for the new kitten behind a closed door in a room. Keep her there for at least a week so she is protected but your male is still able to smell her. After a week or 2, you can then graduate to using a baby gate so they can then not only smell each other but safely see each other as well. If that is going okay, after another few days you can bring the gate down. Also, be sure to have feeding bowls in separate locations and at least 2 litter boxes.

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Q. I have a 1yr old male 38 lb Labradoodle and my gf just brought a month old kitten home. Can they interact? If not, for how long?
ANSWER : A. Interactions whenever a new pet is brought into the house should start off slow, then can be increased in time. The best steps when introducing a new cat is to allow your cat or kitten to have a room in the house all to him or herself. Allow your dog to sniff under the door to get used to the kitten’s scent, and even show your dog articles such as bedding the cat has slept on. After a few days, an introduction with your dog on leash, or a barrier such as a gate where both pets can look at each other but not see each other is best. This will allow each to get used to seeing the other without the ability to jump, bite or scratch the other. Once the two are used to this, then a face to face interaction can begin. If at any time a fight or scuffle breaks out, separate the two pets and try again at a later time. The amount of time this introduction takes can vary depending on how the two react to each other.

Until your kitten is older, or you are sure both are fine together, do not leave the two pets together unattended. Even a well-meaning and playful dog can accidentally break a leg of a kitten or worse without meaning to! A safe room for your kitten to be in while you are away, or a barrier to allow your kitten to escape to safety if needed will help until both are big enough to play alone safely.

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Q. I have a 9 week old kitten. At what age do they start spraying? We have a 12 yr old cat that has sprayed a door, I think. Could it be the kitten?
ANSWER : A. It is not unusual for an established house cat to start acting out once there is a change in his environment. In this case, the new kitten could be a stressor for the older cat as he tries to get used to the new change of an added house member. To answer your question, cats generally do not start spraying until the are around 5-6 months old.

Q. Why is my 5 month old kitten biting and removing the 1 week old kittens from their box?
ANSWER : A. You should have one litter box for each cat ( or group of cats, that live together in good terms like kittens in the same age) plus one extra litter box in your home. Boxes should be also localised in different places in the house like in different rooms or corners of one room. In your case 5 month cat can “think” that all litter boxes are his, so he removes rivals from them.

Q. Why does my English bulldog have re occurring urinary tract infection since she’s a 8 weeks and she’s 9 months now? And now they say she may have ki
ANSWER : A. As I’m sure your vet has told you it’s pretty unusual for a dog to have had multiple UTI’s starting at 8 weeks of age. I think it’s likely that she has a congential problem, which means something didn’t develop correctly inside or outside her body and it’s making her prone to the UTI’s.

There are a few bladder abnormalities that can contribute to UTIs, including urachal diverticulum (a little pouch or out-cropping of the bladder) and ectopic ureters (the ureters do not enter the bladder at the appropriate spot). On the outside, she could have a redundant vulvar fold, which is predisposing her to trapping fecal matter at her vulva, and the bacteria is ascending up to her bladder and causing recurrent UTIs.

The other possibility of that she got a UTI initially and it was never treated appropriately, i.e. The appropriate antibiotic wasn’t used and it never really resolved, but it seems like it’s coming back. I think this is less likely, as it’s really uncommon to begin with to see UTI’s in dogs this young. I also once saw a 4 month old dog with bladder cancer, but that’s incredibly rare and I think highly unlikely in your dog.

Your question got cut off at the end but it sounded like you were about to say that she may have kidney problems. If that’s right clearly this is becoming a serious problem for her.

Your dog needs a competent vet to work up this problem. It’s likely that she’s going to need some advanced imaging, including possibly an x-ray procedure called a cystogram and possibly an ultrasound. You might consider taking her to a veterinary internal medicine specialist at this point, if one is available in your area.

Q. We have a 3 yr old Weiner dog, she is having pus in her eyes, I took her to the vet he gave me derma vet ointment, used it as the doctor prescribed
ANSWER : A. If the pus really isn’t all that bad, and it’s just some discharge, your pup may benefit from a diet change. It could be that the food you’re feeding just isn’t right for your dog, and that’s okay! Dogs grow and change over time, and now that your dog is fully matured, a diet change may be in order. Try something like Taste of the Wild, maybe a grain free dog food, Orijen, or Ziwipeak. These are all really great food options.

If the pus is really bad, and continues to get worse, see your vet again and let them know what’s going on. Maybe you could try a diet change, and then see if there are any improvements.

Remember, you should always gradually change a dogs diet. By gradually, I mean you put a tiny bit of new kibble in with a bowl of the old kibble. Reduce the old kibble by just a few bits of kibble. Throughout the course of at least two weeks (or as long as you want depending on whether or not you want to finish off the old food) you slowly add more of the new kibble while removing some of the old kibble. This makes the process gradual, and won’t cause any tummy-upset in your dog.

Q. My new kitten who is 8 weeks old has a lot of gas. I have bee feeding her kitten chow & fancy feast wet food,
ANSWER : A. Try to give her boiled chicken or buy good quality food for kittens. You should start a new diet gradually by mixing it with old food ( 1/4 new : 3/4 old for couple of days, 1/2:1/2….) You can add to food some probiotic for cats. You can also give her some symeticon for babies to relief the symptoms. See your vet if it won’t help or you will notice vomiting or diarrhoea.

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