Kitten Care – Food

Most kittens over the age of four weeks do perfectly well on adult formula cat food and do not require a special “kitten” diet. Kittens younger than four weeks of age may require kitten milk substitute (mixed with food or alone). Some kittens, especially those close to weaning age (about four weeks of age) may do better with dry food if it is moistened with water or milk substitute. Ask your veterinarian for specific detailers of feeding kittens younger than four weeks. Most kittens and adult cats do a reasonable job at regulating their calorie intake, so it is okay if fed dry-food free choice. Placing a set amount in the cat’s bowl daily regulates dry food portions, yet allows a cat to eat through the day at their own pace. Cats tend to eat multiple small meals throughout the day. In general, automatic feeders tend to result in overweight cats. Canned food, however, should be fed at specific times and picked up if not eaten within twenty to thirty minutes. For multiple cat households, “policing” moist food intake by observing the cats during the feeding time prevents one cat from eating all of the moist food. To that end, providing one serving dish to each cat helps with regulating allotted moist food intake. If you notice your kitten is getting too chubby, then cut back on the amount you are feeding. In general, daily moist food is not required and can be used as a treat. Specific feeding regimes should be discussed with your veterinarian. Fresh water should be available at all times.

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