Colic is a general term for abdominal pain. Classic colic in infant kittens is usually caused by an accumulation of gas in the stomach which causes the abdomen to swell, the abdomen becomes hard and bloated and the kitten shows signs of distress by crying constantly. Colic may be caused by overfeeding, bacterial infection, incorrect milk mixture or feeding too fast.

Abdominal pain will be eased by releasing the gas build-up. Gently stroke the abdomen with warm damp cotton wool until the gas is released from one or other end of the kitten. If the gas is not released, seek urgent veterinary help, the vet will give the kitten an anti-spasmodic injection and anti-biotics if necessary.

 
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