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Is Kitten Food Important?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Should I be feeding my 8 week old kitten a kitten formula food or is adult cat food okay? How important is kitten food really?
post #2 of 26
Here's a great link to learn about kitten nutrition

http://cats.lovetoknow.com/Kitten_Food

Good luck with your new kitty
post #3 of 26
I feel kitten is important as most kitten foods are 10% more caloric and have more protein and fat .... ALL stage foods are great if you make sure to check fat and protein levals ... MOST adult is what some call all stage ...

Easy way to tell... look for the AFFCO statement if it says all life stage or growth and matenience it should be fine for a kitten
post #4 of 26
Kittens need kitten food for a reason! There are many things in kitten food to help them grow and stay healthy. You are recomended to keep them on kitten food until they are around 8 months to a year old I believe. Hard food is a big change from milk for your little one which mean digestion is also very hard for kittens. Kitten food is made especially mild so that they can easily chew the small kernals and digest them without problems. Kitten food is often less expensive and I highly encourage using it! We use Purina Natural Kitten Chow for both our kitties, 7 months and 11 months old. It's a good pice and it's good for them too!
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
Kittens need kitten food for a reason! There are many things in kitten food to help them grow and stay healthy. You are recomended to keep them on kitten food until they are around 8 months to a year old I believe. Hard food is a big change from milk for your little one which mean digestion is also very hard for kittens. Kitten food is made especially mild so that they can easily chew the small kernals and digest them without problems. Kitten food is often less expensive and I highly encourage using it! We use Purina Natural Kitten Chow for both our kitties, 7 months and 11 months old. It's a good pice and it's good for them too!
You obivously havent researched much... try a nutrition search on this site"_.. Kitten chow is one of the lowest in quality and ingrediants
post #6 of 26
Yes- a good kitten food is very important! I feed ALL of my foster kittens Chicken Soup for the Kitten Lover's Soul- i like the ingredients and i like the fact that it's gluetin free and all of the first listed ingredients are REAL foods and meats The nutritional content is good according to my vets as well. The price is also great on it considering all the good ingredients! They have a website online that you can order it from or you can check your local pet stores
post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
hmm looks like there not really agreement on this issue. i trust sharky though.
thanks sharky
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
hmm looks like there not really agreement on this issue. i trust sharky though.
thanks sharky
Anytime... I actually learned that from an old country vet
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
im sorry, i hope that didnt sound rude to the other people who answered my question, i appreciate you posting your opinions also!
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post


You obivously havent researched much... try a nutrition search on this site"_.. Kitten chow is one of the lowest in quality and ingrediants

I just checked the site that was left by a previous reply...it backs me up...
post #11 of 26
Mine eats a combo of raw and Evo.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by CatsAreBetter View Post
Mine eats a combo of raw and Evo.
are you saying kitten food is important or not?
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
before anyone else responds to that i would just like to ask please dont turn this into a processed food vs raw debate. i just wanted to know opinions on whether it is really important to feed commercial processed kitten food to kittens rather than adult processed cat food.
post #14 of 26
Well, problem solved. I deleted my post.
post #15 of 26
So... I have the reverse question right now...

Is it ok to feed an adult cat kitten food?

I want to take our 1-year old Inka off the Felidae for now to see if she has a food intolerance that is aggravating her bladder infection. Sharky has mentioned that the lamb in Felidae could be causing some inflammation. We still have a bag of their kitten food around (Nutrience) that is a chicken and rice formula. Is it ok to feed them that for a week or two? Here are the guaranteed analyses.

Felidae
Crude Protein min. 32.00%
Crude Fat min. 20.00%
Crude Fiber max. 2.50%
Moisture max. 9.00%
Lenoleic Acid (Omega 6) min. 3.75%
Vitamin E min. 200.00 IU/kg
Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) min. 0.75%
Magnesium max. 0.095%
Taurine min. 0.20%
Ash min. 5.50%
Calcium min. 1.00%
Phosphorus min. 1.00%
Cellulase min. 100 CMCU/kg
pH 5.5

Nutrience
Crude protein min. 33.0 %
Crude fat min. 20.0 %
Crude fiber max. 3.0 %
Moisture max. 10.0 %
Ash max. 7.0 %
Calcium min. 1.4 %
Phosphorus min. 1.0 %
Magnesium max 0.1 %
Salt min. 1.0 %
Vitamin A min. 25,000 I.U./kg
Vitamin D3 min. 1,600 I.U./kg
Vitamin E min. 110 I.U./kg
Vitamin C min. 50 mg/kg
Herbs 0.2 %
post #16 of 26
Well as we have a mix of ages in our family and the weight on all cats are fine i mix the kitten food with adult food. Until the youngest is a year old. It is hard when I free feed dry to get them to eat only the food for them. Now as long as the adult cats dont get over weight it works for me. I mix equal parts of kitten and adult. When I was trying to put wieght on one of my adult cats I used more kitten food then.
post #17 of 26
Sharky- and all those who don't advocate kitten food:

Is all kitten food bad, or are there some quality brands? I'm feeding my 8 week old Royal Canin Babycat.
post #18 of 26
i think kitten food is important, but it is too rich for some cats, so worth just trying and seeing if your kitten is one that will tolerate it or not. I personally wouldnt give adults kitten food, as it is higher in fats and protein, so can be too fattening for adults.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
I feel kitten is important as most kitten foods are 10% more caloric and have more protein and fat .... ALL stage foods are great if you make sure to check fat and protein levals ... MOST adult is what some call all stage ...

Easy way to tell... look for the AFFCO statement if it says all life stage or growth and matenience it should be fine for a kitten
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Originally Posted by Ashley45 View Post
Sharky- and all those who don't advocate kitten food:

Is all kitten food bad, or are there some quality brands? I'm feeding my 8 week old Royal Canin Babycat.
please see the above quote.... I do think kittens should get kitten food unless the other cats in the house are eating an appropriate all stage

RC is good just check on the grain level ... many have corn wheat and soy in one formula yet many dont

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Originally Posted by wmarcello View Post
So... I have the reverse question right now...

Is it ok to feed an adult cat kitten food?

I want to take our 1-year old Inka off the Felidae for now to see if she has a food intolerance that is aggravating her bladder infection. Sharky has mentioned that the lamb in Felidae could be causing some inflammation. We still have a bag of their kitten food around (Nutrience) that is a chicken and rice formula. Is it ok to feed them that for a week or two? Here are the guaranteed analyses.

Felidae
Crude Protein min. 32.00%
Crude Fat min. 20.00%
Crude Fiber max. 2.50%
Moisture max. 9.00%
Lenoleic Acid (Omega 6) min. 3.75%
Vitamin E min. 200.00 IU/kg
Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) min. 0.75%
Magnesium max. 0.095%
Taurine min. 0.20%
Ash min. 5.50%
Calcium min. 1.00%
Phosphorus min. 1.00%
Cellulase min. 100 CMCU/kg
pH 5.5

Nutrience
Crude protein min. 33.0 %
Crude fat min. 20.0 %
Crude fiber max. 3.0 %
Moisture max. 10.0 %
Ash max. 7.0 %
Calcium min. 1.4 %
Phosphorus min. 1.0 %
Magnesium max 0.1 %
Salt min. 1.0 %
Vitamin A min. 25,000 I.U./kg
Vitamin D3 min. 1,600 I.U./kg
Vitamin E min. 110 I.U./kg
Vitamin C min. 50 mg/kg
Herbs 0.2 %
Short answer from my vet YES... but ...it depends on age of adult and how active ( ie this is a vet ??? ) ... Nutrience is a Canandian brand??? I ask as the label has different things listed
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Short answer from my vet YES... but ...it depends on age of adult and how active ( ie this is a vet ??? ) ... Nutrience is a Canandian brand??? I ask as the label has different things listed
Yes, I think it is a Canadian brand, sold at our local Pets Unlimited, a chain store. If you go up to my original post you can click on the name of the brand and it will take you to their website.

Our cats are just over a year old and still quite active. I didn't think it would be a problem since the analyses seem to be quite similar, so I figured the difference in nutrition between the two foods would be small.
post #21 of 26
IMO its better to give kittens the kitten food for awhile. Many kittens have survived eating adult foods, but the kitten is made specifically with higher nutrition for growing bodies.

Adult cats (spayed/neutered) shouldn't be eating kitten food because it will put on weight too fast.

Most people feed kitten food till around a year, but I believe it depends on the type and size and activity of the kitten as to how long you should feed them. With smaller built cats (rexes, siamese, orientals, etc.) you don't want them on kitten food for a long time - they WILL get fat quickly. My rex kittens were only fed kitten food for the first 4 months of age - after that they got adult food and were fine show cats

Charlie was on kitten food till about 5 months old - then adult food and he's very solid - 7 months old and a little over 8 lbs.

Cats such as maine coons, ragdolls and other cats that are 15+ lbs when grown would do better to eat kitten food till almost a year old.
post #22 of 26
Usually it is best to feed a kitten the right type of kitten food, though it won't 'kill' them to eat adult food.

My newest kitten, now 10 weeks, for example...hates kitten food of all kids -_- I've tried several. But boy does he love the food I give my 3 year old cats. At this point I just let him munch on their stuff and give him some extra kitten canned food to help make up the difference.
post #23 of 26
I have fed kitten food to both mine when they were kittens but I don't think it's essential. It is sometimes too rich for them when very young. Both Jaffa and Mosi were eating adult food when I got them for that reason. Jaffa was 8 weeks old and I was surprised to be told by the shelter staff that kitten food was too rich for him and he and his brother were eating adult food. I switched him gradually onto kitten food until he was about 9 months. Fast forward 9 years and I was told the same thing by Mosi's breeder. Mosi was 14 weeks when I got him and I tried to change him over to kitten food (same brand as he was eating) and it upset his stomach so he went back onto adult for a week then I did a slower transition onto the kitten and he was ok with it. He stayed on kitten food until he was about 8 months.

Kitten food tends to have the right balance of fat, protein etc for growing kittens but I don't think it's essential. As I said in another thread recently, kittens grew up ok before there was such a thing as kitten food and there is no special kitten mouse in the wild.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Adult cats (spayed/neutered) shouldn't be eating kitten food because it will put on weight too fast.
When I compare my Nutrience kitten to my Felidae adult, the protein and fat content (and pretty much every other comparison) is very similar. If Felidae is a good food for an adult cat, how would the kitten food be poor? How would the cats put on more weight on the kitten food?
post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
As I said in another thread recently, kittens grew up ok before there was such a thing as kitten food and there is no special kitten mouse in the wild.
sometimes people say the simplest things that make so much sense!
post #26 of 26
Because kitten food is higher in calories then adult food - therefore if your cat is not an active one to burn off the calories, then it will gain weight on kitten food.

Believe me, I found that out with my rex kittens - when I first got Spooky as a 4 month old kitten, I was gonna keep him on kitten food a few more months. Took him to a show at 5 months of age and had breeders ask me if he still was eating kitten food - told me to switch him to adult or he'd be very fat in a short time

And rexes ARE active So when raising them - they only ate kitten food till 4 months old, then gradually switched to adult.
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