Post # 1
My FI and I have a kitten, he’s about to turn 8 months old and is already very large in size.
He’d be pretty much as big as your average fully grown cat and he weighs a little over 4kgs/9lbs (apparently his breed grows until they’re two so that should be interesting! haha)
We are still buying him the food that he was fed by the breeder but we’re starting to wonder if given his size, would he be better of switching to adult food sooner? FI suggested this and I was hesitant at first as to my understanding, the kitten food has the nutrients he needs for growing but maybe the adult food would be better if he’s already so big?
He’s never without food (wet food twice a day and always has biscuits, plus little bits of meat as a treat which he loves!) – i’m happy to continue with the kitten food if that’s best (and I will check with our vet too) but just wondering if any bees out there can advise from experience what would be best for him?
He’s our little baby and I want to make sure we’re doing what’s best for him!
Post # 2
Our cats switched to adult food around a year old. That’s typically what the bags suggest.
Post # 3
You should feed your kitty kitten food until hes 1 years old.
Kitten food contains higher amounts of fat and protein for growth, but they also contain vitamins and minerals for healthy bone and teeth growth. Kittens who dont get enough of these can have development problems. It might seem like 8 months is close enough, but the difference is like that of a preteen vs an adult in cat development
You can switch your kittens food of course, he doesnt necessarily need wet food since you say hes getting quite big, but dont stop feeding the kitten food yet. Just ween him to a dry kitten food
Post # 4
Echoing others. When they ding a year old, they’re no longer kittens, although they’ll still act like it.
Post # 5
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Nope, just because he weighs 9 lbs doesn’t mean he’s ready for adult kitty food; feed him kitten food or the appropriate amount of an all life stages formula for 1 year. Sounds like he’s going to be a big boy! I’ve seen cats around 20 lbs and not fat at all, so he could be just a big cat. Post a pic! lol I just love kitties.
Post # 6
ilovebacon: a_day_at_the_fair: Hyperventilate: carlsolindsay:
Thanks ladies! I suspected this would be the case so it’s good to get your opinions! You’ve all confirmed my thoughts that taking him off kitten food early could deny him the essential nutrients he needs! We’re going to keep him on the kitten food until he is one 🙂 (although he is super fussy about the flavours he likes.. he’ll eat them for a little bit then go off them! we’re running out of options! haha)
carlsolindsay: I actually don’t have any pics on me at the moment (which is crazy because I have about 10,000 haha) he’s very cute, very cheeky and yes very big already! He sure is going to be big boy haha he’s really long but I think a lot of the weight comes from how muscly he is! We just love him to bits!