(Closed) Question about food for cat and kitten.

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Well, I’m not an expert but I would feed both your kitten and your cat the kitten food if you can’t get them to eat their own food.  That way you can make sure the kitten is getting enough nutrients.  πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’d be careful about that – you don’t want Bailey putting on too much weight.  If you had to go to one extreme or the other, I would give them both the same adult food, but try to suppliment Scooty’s diet with some wet kitten food.  Maybe take him in a separate room long enough to eat the kitten food?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@FlutterbyBee: I get what you’re saying, but I can’t imagine it’s a good idea to starve a growing kitten of important nutrients.  I don’t think feeding a kitten food meant for a fully developed cat is a good idea. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’m not suggesting starving the kitten by any means.  I’m suggesting supplement dry cat food with wet kitten food – maybe a can a day?  They tend to like the wet stuff more than they dry stuff anyway, so I could potentially see a growing kitten scarfing up the wet food (and getting it in the little kitty beard in the process) in no time flat.  The only other alternative is to not let them free-feed, only feed them one time a day, and make it separately.  Kittens DO need the higher calorie food, but it could be trouble for older cats.

ETA:  It’s also not good for the digestive tract of the older cat to switch from one food to another – it has the potential to cause diahrea and vomiting.  It’s better to get them both on the same dry food that the older cat is eating, and make sure to supplement the kitten with the wet in my humble opinion.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We had the same issue and we did what FlutterbyBee suggested….adult cats can gain weight really easily and that leads to health problems. We only did it until the kitten was about 6/7 months and than our vet told us that adult cat food was fine for both.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

Separating them to eat doesn’t work? Like, doing separate feedings entirely? Or do you leave food out all the time for them?

I know one of my friends has an obese cat and two non-obese cats, and she and her husband do three separate feedings each day – only the cat that is eating is allowed in the room with the food until it’s gone.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My vet told me to switch to adult food at 6 months. So you only have another 2 months to deal with this.

Can the kitten jump on counters yet? If not, feed the adult on the counter and the kitten on the floor. You can also feed the kitten in a box with a hole too small for the cat so the cat can’t eat the kitten food.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@ddw:  LoL…to me, that would feel like torturing my poor cat!  If the older cat is normaly self-regulating and isn’t oveweight, I think that limiting the feedings at this point might do more damage than good.  I have a “bulemic” cat who eats the food so fast because she’s afraid she won’t get any, and then throws it right back up.  Poor dear!  (All 3 of my cats have issues…)  They free-feed on the dry food and at night, split a can of wet food between the 3. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@ddw: When we had an obese cat we used to feed all the cats but her on top of a counter in the basement and she would sit on the floor and cry because she was too fat to get up there, it was sad πŸ™    I foster cats a lot and she was the biggest at about 28 lbs when we got her.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

@LindsayMaree:  I wouldn’t say difficult.  I’d just wonder how Bailey would do with the change in habits.  He’d probably be a cranky little booger at the beginning.  My cats know when it’s wet food time.  They circle my ankles like little sharks.  They follow me into their room, I put the dishes down, and then shut the door behind them.  (The perfect trap!)

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