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Author Topic: How much to feed a 14 week old kitten?  (Read 3870 times)

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How much to feed a 14 week old kitten?
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:18:17 AM »

Can anyone advise as to how much to feed my 14 week old kitten?  We feed Wellness wet food and Purina One dry food, and the instructions on the Wellness says to feed as much as the kitten will eat in 3-4 servings per day.  For my hungry little guy, that is A LOT of food.  He is a glutton and will devour whatever you put in front of him, in any amount.  Right now he's getting about 3 oz wet food twice per day plus 1/3 c dry for him to "graze" on throughout the day.  I suspect he is also helping himself to his big brother's leftovers, as well.  :catangelic:   

Since he is growing so fast, is there a weight-based feeding formula I ought to be following?
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Re: How much to feed a 14 week old kitten?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 10:33:11 AM »

Kittens that young need LOTS of calories as they are growing so rapidly, and growing bones. Growing bone takes lots of calories.   Let him eat as much as he wants, when he wants, with no concerns about his eating too much.  He needs to eat a lot. 

He might seem to be eating a whole lot more right now due to being about to have a growth spurt.

With a wee kitten, you don't go by a weight feeding plan.  That would be very bad. The goal is not to maintain his weight, the way it would be with an adult.  The goal for a kitten under six months is to pour in the calories so the kitten can grow well and not have any nutritional defects.  If you feed a kitten based on it's current weight, you will stunt it's growth, and impair it's health.

No concerns about a 14 week old kitten "getting fat".  None at all.  Fast growing babies need to eat, eat, eat!
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Re: How much to feed a 14 week old kitten?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 01:01:00 PM »

Let me also chime in with a story on my last young kitten (over 5 years ago).

Mr. Pippin, as a kitten, would easily eat more than my then full grown cats.  In fact, he was easily eating twice as much as my adult cats.

So, I agree with Margaret, let him eat as much as he wants (for now, at least).

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Re: How much to feed a 14 week old kitten?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 07:56:06 AM »

Thanks very much for the help, everyone!
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