runt kitten not eating properly

i recently got two kittens brothers they are about 8weeks old.. one is very playful and loving..the other is the runt hes very tiny.. he barely eats and drinks and is not very active.the first night he cried when coming near so we left him in his bed in the room, the second day he still had not eaten anything so i put some food into his mouth and then he ate. third day he finally comes out of room and up to us and rubs against us and when we pet he cries again.. he wont eat unless u shove his face into the food.. if you pick him up he goes nuts crying.. i feel bad for him his brother is getting all the attention because we dont want to scare him more.. is it just his way of adjusting? ive had cats in the past and by the second day they are playful and loving. but this little guy is not.. i dont know what to do for him.. i dont like shoving his face into food but its the only way to get him to eat.. were going on the fifth day of having him and he really hasnt changed any..

Answer from Kate
Hi at 8 weeks old they are just starting to be weaned. Some cats are quicker at picking this up than others and a runt will probably need more time an lots of tlc to build him up.

There is a way to help cats wean please his page for more information

Looking after a runt can be more time consuming and their behavior can be very different from their sibling so don't worry too much at this stage. Read through my kitten pages for more information.

best wishes kate

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