Yesterday, our 3 week old kitten accidentally scratched me while he was walking around our floor. He licked the scratch afterwards. No blood. Only a painful puncture made by his paws. Just to give you a background about him. He lives with his mother kitten whom we temporarily adopted. He is sometimes playful with his siblings and sometimes a loner(wants to be left out inside the box). Before he was the fattest of them all, now he only has average weight. Right now, I feel excessive saliva production but not to the extent that I am drooling. Is this because I'm getting paranoid. I only got 3 hours sleep because of horrible thinking. Please help!
I believe you are just experiencing some paranoia as you thought....unless the mother cat or kitten in question is showing some signs of being very ill...there is virtually little chance they are rabid.....relax!!
Kittens, like people, go through growing stages in body as well as in personality...what we humans do with that growth in 15 years, your little fella will do in one year.
Kitties are also hunters by nature, and the kittens will respond to instinct much more readily than an older cat who has learned to curb their instincts. So kitten biting or scratching you is an instinctive defense mechanism as he has no experience yet to know that you are a safe creature in his life. Play with him with toys always, so your hands never become a plaything.
As for the weight loss, perhaps the kittens need to see the vet for worming. No matter how healthy mama cat seems to be, the little parasites make it into the best kept kitties sometimes.
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