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How much should kittens weight?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hey folks,
I thought this was more of a "nutrition" question, than a kitten one, which is why I posted it here...

My two kittens are ~ 6.5 months old now and looking quite lanky...not sure on exact weight, I'll check and post back (if I can get them to hold still on the scale for long enough!).

That said, I can feel all of their ribs. Should I be able to feel their ribs? I am currently feeding them 2/3 c Nutro kitten a day (in 2 feedings) and ~1/4 can of wet a day (when I can get them to eat that much). I have also recently started mixing in some cooked meat...although they aren't that crazy about it.

So, my question is basically, should I be able to feel their ribs? If not, I'll have to try to get them to eat more (while trying to get my adult fat cat to eat less, hah!).

thanks,
Art
post #2 of 9
Only a vet is qualified to answer but... if kittys are ave size ( 8-12lbs adults) they gain roughly one lb a month till about 8 month s

My Zoey is lanky and I can feel her ribs... her vets say s she is fine yet a extra lb would not hurt..
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks,
They don't look too thin to me, but my family has said "they are so skinny", so I guess I'm just paranoid. I'll try and weigh them later and see.

Thanks again,
Art
post #4 of 9
my perisan kitten right now is 3.1 lbs at 4 months...... is that normal?
post #5 of 9
I have 7 kittens between 4-6 months old. The two 4 month old boys (will be 5 months on the 16th) are between 3-3.5 pounds each. The two 6 month old boys and one 6 month old girl are 4-5 pounds. The two other 6 month old girls are 2.5-3 pounds each.

I've always heard that the key is being able to feel the ribs but not being able to see them. I can feel ribs on all of my kitties but they are all at a healthy weight, but the two DLH girls are just very petite compared to everyone else.
post #6 of 9
Kittens can be different sizes at the same age and all be healthy, only a vet can tell you what is right for them with their build etc, some breeds are naturally bigger / heavier than others
post #7 of 9
Depends more on the body build and background of the cat. Most cats average about a pound per month up to 7-8 months old, then slack off some and gain slower.

Charlie was right on track. He's a solid 10 lbs now (holding that weight for that last 3-4 months) and is currently 15 months old. He should wind up about 12 lbs when fully mature/grown which will be at about 2 yrs old; so I'm not worried about him.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thought that I would post back and note that my kittens weighed between 8 - 9lbs on the bathroom scale a couple of days ago... Now, excactly how accurate that scale is, is anyone's guess.

And yes, I can feel their ribs, but not see them, so I guess they are about right weight wise.

Art
post #9 of 9
Remember that kittens often grow in spurts. Mosi tended to grow upwards for a while so that he was very gangly, then he'd fill out a bit, then grow upwards a bit more.. As long as they're eating ok and you can't see the ribs (you should be able to feel them) they are probably fine.
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