Kittenhood is a playful, adorable time in a cat’s life. It is also a time for a high-energy diet that meets the demands of her growing and developing body. Read on to learn how much to feed a kitten, what food to feed her and how often she should be eating.
Cats less than one year of age are considered kittens. During this time, they need a food that is formulated with the nutrients necessary for healthy growth and development. The kibble in Purina’s kitten food is smaller in size than adult kibble, which makes it easier for your kitten to eat, but it also provides more calories for energy. It is also formulated with an enhanced nutritional profile that provides your kitten with the complete and balanced diet she needs.
Generally, kittens start to nibble on solid food at three to four weeks of age. After eight weeks of age, you can start feeding kittens dry or moistened food. The best place to start when figuring out how much to feed a kitten is to look at the recommended feeding instructions on her food. Always make sure to use measuring cups to give your kitten equal and accurate portions and always take into account age and weight when figuring out how much to feed her.
We recommend that you begin offering moistened dry food at three to four weeks old. Moistening your kitten’s food makes it easier for them to chew and swallow. During this time, it is best to split the recommended daily amount of food into several servings throughout the day.
Make sure to only moisten one of these servings at a time, rather than preparing the entire daily amount at once and leaving it out all day for grazing. Smaller, moistened servings throughout the day will keep the food fresh and encourage your kitten to eat.
When moistening your kitten’s food, make sure to add no more than one part water to three parts dry food and use warm (not hot) water.