Post # 1
How bad is it to feed cat food to a 3 month old kitten? I wouldn’t think of doing it if it was a cheap food, but it is a high quality food (California Natural). Most of the nutritional values are close (comparing the kitten/cat food & the adult food) and both have at least 1-4x the AAFCO ‘minimum requirement’. For example: minimum protein: 30% for a kitten & 26% for a cat; the kitten/cat food has 36% protein; adult cat food has 30% protein. I compared the list to all ingredients & not one did the adult food have less than the AAFCO kitten requirements & in most it had way more than the minimum required.
The flavor of the adult cat food is the same as my dog food so my dog isn’t really interested in eating the cat food since it smells like hers. But the cat & kitten version doesn’t come in that flavor & so my dog always tries to steal their food. I feed them small portions about 5 times a day.
Post # 3
Based on what you wrote, I’d assume it’s fine; but I don’t know much either. But I’d guess you’re good 🙂
Post # 4
I’m no cat expert (just got my first kitty last month!), but the only thing I’d be concerned with are the categories where the values are close. Like how AAFCO recommends 30% protein, and the cat food has 30% protein. I would assume that the kitten doesn’t absorb 100% of the nutrients from the food – just like how when humans take vitamins, we don’t absorb 100% of what is on the nutritional label.
However, if the AAFCO recommendation is “percentage that is written on the cat food label” then I wouldn’t be worried. Not to say that you SHOULD be worried in either case though! Maybe you could feed the kitten in a separate room from the dog and then remove the leftover food once s/he’s finished?
Post # 5
I had an adult cat when I adopted a kitten. The kitten refused to eat the special kitten food I got her, and would only eat the adult cat’s food. The vet said as long as the food was of decent quality it would be fine.
Post # 6
If you are that concerned try something like EVO which is high quality and is cat and kittne food so you wouldn;t have to switch them later. I have been feeding my cats EVO since I first got them at 12 weeks.
Post # 7
As long as it has all the nutritional requirements, I would think it would be fine.
When we got a kitten, we were told to avoid foods made with fish for the first 6 months because it can upset kitten’s stomachs.
Post # 8
@heathaah: I haven’t heard of the no fish for kittens thing… maybe that’s why its for adult cats only. I’ll have to research this now too :).
@StormyRose: Its pretty comparable to EVO as far as quality. Its just my dog eats the dog food Herring & Sweet Potatoe flavor & the adult cat food is that flavor, so my dog leaves it alone. But the kitten & cat food is chicken, so my dog will sneak it if we leave the room. We feed them 5 or 6 times a day (small portions) & though I usually stay in the room while they eat, it makes it challenging.
@KatM: Yea its high quality food that I’m switching her too. She will eat her food (she does take forever lol), but whenever she gets the chance, she tries to sneak the adult cat food.
@sugarcube: That’s what I’ve been doing & if I have to I’ll keep doing that… it would just make things a whole lot easier if I could feed all kitties the same food. I have to feed kitten in a seperate room now, otherwise she’ll leave her food & try to eat the cat food. Plus the cats & dog will both try to eat her food. Its almost like a little zoo 5 times a day :P.
@Mrs. Puffin: Thanks! I feel like I’m researching more on this whole kitten/cat food than my own food haha.
Post # 9
We fed our kittens cat food right from the start because I didn’t want them to be picky about it later on. Ours is also a high quality food. I’m pretty sure it says right on the bag “Suitable for cats of all ages”. Every year we take them to the vet and they remark on how healthy they both are, so based on that I think we’re good!
Post # 10
Cats are pure carnivores, so the less “filler” in your pet’s food the better!