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I have 2 8 week old kittens. One of them is very playful and

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I have 2 8 week old kittens. One of them is very playful and the other not so much she sleeps a lot more. Is that normal?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long has the kitten been lethargic? Any changes in her appetite?
Customer: I have only had them 2 days so not sure on appetite but she does eat dry food
JA: Could she have eaten something unusual?
Customer: I don’t think so they are in my spare room so they can’t get to anything
JA: What's the kitten's name?
Customer: biscuit
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Biscuit?
Customer: no just very lethargic. She will get up and play and then sleep. The other kitten plays a lot more
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Biscuit.

How long a day is she sleeping?

Is she eating and growing well?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
I would say she sleeps quite a lot of the time, her sister is much more playful. They have dry food
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

And is she eating and growing well?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
I have only had them for 2 days. I would say her sister eats more
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

And is the kitten under weight?

Has she had any vomiting, diarrhoea, bloating or fast breathing?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Not sure on her weight they have their 9 week check on Saturday I am going to try to change their appointment to tomorrow I am quite worried about biscuit. When she breathes sometimes it sounds like she has a cold?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

So her breathing is wheezy or raspy?

Does she breathe faster than her sister?

Any sneezing, runny eyes or runny nose?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
her breathing is wheezy I don’t think she is breathing faster than her sister though
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
No sneezing
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Would you be able to count how many times she is breathing in one minute?

Are her gums pink and wet?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
18 times in 1 minute? Is that normal? Her gums are light pink
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Yes, this is perfectly normal and reassuring.

I agree from your description that a vet check is sensible but would not be overly concerned for now.

The vet will listen to her heart and lungs and check her weight, ensuring all is well.

It is expected for kittens, even from the same litter, to have different energy levels. There may be nothing wrong at all but a check up tomorrow is the right thing to do.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Ok thanks for your help that has reassured me a little
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Not at all!

If there is anything else, please let me know.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
She does meow everytime I pick her up too?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

This is very normal.

Ideally we would only pick kittens up when necessary as they do not like to be picked up. This is probably just her way of letting you know this.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Ok thank you I am probably thinking too much into it but I will get them to the vets tomorrow
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

It's always best to be safe!