How to Know if your Kitten is Eating Enough

The most important things to do for your kitten are to keep it both well-fed and warm. These are the major things a young kitten needs in order to survive and grow into a healthy adult cat. Keeping your kitten warm is relatively easy, through the means of a warm, cozy bed and a heat lamp if necessary. Feeding your pet though is another topic entirely. Let me now tell you everything you need to know about how much to feed your kitten and when it should be fed, in other words

Let’s now answer the question, how to know if your kitten is eating enough? Basically, this question can be answered based on the age of your kitten.

When your kitten is below four weeks of age, you need to feed it around every two hours with either cat’s milk or kitten replacement formula. Remember to never give a kitten cow’s milk. Most kittens drink around 32cc every day, which can be divided into around nine feedings a day. Give your kitten this amount or as prescribed by your vet and your kitten should be getting enough nutrition.

The weaning process, or the gradual shift from kitten formula to solid food, can begin at around four weeks of age. Do this gradually by serving your pet one part dry kitten food mixed in with three parts of its regular kitten formula. Gradually reduce the amount of formula you mix in while increasing the amount of dry food and your kitten will be weaned in no time. At this age, you should feed your kitten around 5 times a day. Note that kittens should be fully weaned at 10 weeks of age at the latest.

At 2-3 months of age, continue feeding your kitten completely dry food four times every day. You can also leave dry food out so your kitten can feed freely. This way, you can make sure your kitten never goes hungry.

At the age of 3-6 months, the feeding schedule gets easier. Simply feed your kitten 1/3-1 cup of dry kitten food three times every day. After six months, you can now feed your kitten twice a day.

A good tip to knowing if your kitten is eating enough is by weighing it. Very young kittens of around 1-3 weeks of age needs around two tablespoons of kitten formula for every four ounces of their body weight. Gradually increase this amount as your kitten starts growing. It is also a good idea to check the labels of the packages the food or formula is contained in. You can usually find estimates about how much you need to feed your pet on their labels.

If you are still unsure about whether your kitten is eating enough, then visit the vet. Your vet will likely weigh your kitten for you and advise you on how much food or formula to offer your kitten. More or less though, as long as you follow these guidelines, your kitten will get all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to continue developing normally.