We've had this question before, on this forum and I can only give the same answer I gave back then.
Some people think it's really cute to feed kittens by hand. But eventually they come to realize that this only results in the fact that the cat can't figure out to eat from a bowl.
Put some food out on a plate - and just leave it there for his own discretion. It might sound cruel, but once he gets hungry enough, I'm certain of the fact that he will start eating. Most cats eat when their hungry - simple as that.
I don't know what sort of bowl you use for your kitten. But try using a plate instead - and then slowly increasing the size of the bowl.
Did you write his age wrong by mistake? I take it you mean he's three months, right? Otherwise please tell me otherwise.
Best of luck to you and your kitten.
Anonymous:alfinnlay - That is true- I agree.
I must confess I wrote my answer with the thought that the kitty was alright otherwise healthwise.
If that isn't the case them my answer doesn't apply. But most cats - who are in normal living conditions and health - eat when they are hungry.
you are right about another thing too - which is of course that if the cat doesn't like what you are feeding it - it won't eat it on it's own accord. (Trying feeding it something else, would ofcourse be a sound advice.)
Anonymous:you are right, Al. And of course we don't want to think the kitty is ill, but it should ALWAYS be taken into consideration. And you are so right - cats can hide their illness very well - unfortunately.
I think we can come up with some good alternatives for food. I know I've been surprised many times, about what a kitten might fancy.
StormyDid you write his age wrong by mistake?Oh my goodness of course!! I meant to write he's 5 MONTHS old! I'm so sorry I made you imagine a 5 week old kitten weighting 3kg.
Thanks for your prompt replies!
So... yes everything is okey health wise, we have regular veterinary check ups. I was told he's just being pernickety and it appears to be true as he's very playful and lively kitten otherwise with bright and clear eyes and good exploring instincts.
He has dry food available at all times and I give him raw meat about 3 times a day which he'll persistently eat from my hands only. He won't eat it if I leave it in the bowl although I know he's hungry! The same happens when I give him boiled marine fish.
He'll rarely eat the dry food. It's Natural Balance Indoor Formula (is it good to feed??).
I will try Parmesan cheese, thanks for the tip! If this doesn't help it seems I'll have to just leave the meat/fish in his bowl and wait till he finally follows his instinct... oh god that's gonna be difficult for me!! By the way do you think I should try giving him wet food? I've heard many cats eat it eagerly.
Oh and sorry if you've discussed this topic before and all my questions are answered already. In this case I'd greatly appreciate it if you linked me to the related page. I'm new here and haven't figured my ways around yet.
People are waiting to help.