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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I feed my girls Wellness kitten formula wet and dry - since it is only one flavor I worry they may get bored of it - when can I start introducing some of the other flavors that are not specifically for kittens? Do I have to wait until they are one year old?
post #2 of 11
IMHO you can give canned adult to kittens ...My 3.5 yr old eats kitten still
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
ok, that sounds good. Also, they are 5 1/2 months and they split 3 3oz cans of wet daily, along with dry food available at all times. They are super healthy, active and appropriate weight. Does that sound like to much/to little food?
post #4 of 11
depends on their wt
post #5 of 11
I start my kittens on adult foods around 5 months old - unless they are sickly or a rough start or a larger breed you don't have to keep them on kitten food for more then the first 5-6 months.

If your kitten is spayed/neutered then start switching to adult food now. Just give a variety of canned foods - beef, chicken, turkey, lamb to prevent becoming picky.
post #6 of 11
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They weight about 5 and 1/2 lbs each. I am having them spayed next week. So, it sounds like I can start them on adult food, do I have to introduce it slowly? or is that only with different brands? and is 3 3oz cans a good amount for them? SHould I keep them on kitten formula dry??

Thanks for your input!! I don't know how I would have survived my first 4 months as a first time cat mom without TCS.
post #7 of 11
gernerally you are right on target for age and wt /.... see if they ate all canned most foods guidelines for their wts would say 4.5 - 9 oz a day per cat ( they are at the low end plus dry seems just right ... maybe time to up to 5.5 oz cans to save $$$
post #8 of 11
I agree on uping the canned food to larger size - those tiny cans are pretty expensive. I feed my adults about a 1/2 can per meal on the 5-6 oz size. And gradually start adding an adult dry food to the kitten food.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
saving $$$! I like the sound of that. Now that I can introduce some adult food the option of buying larger cans is there. YOu guys are great! SO, ideally, how many ounces should they each be getting daily. I feed them 3 times a day, with dry available all day.
post #10 of 11
I never really measure it - but its usually 2-3 teaspoons of canned food (maybe 1/3 of the can). Was feeding them 1/2 can but that was a little too much. They get about 1/2 cup of dry in the morning; canned at night.

I go more by their general health and looks and adjust accordingly. By the time they are about 6 months old - they should be on twice a day feedings.
post #11 of 11
The wellness canned foods are all lifestages. They are fine for kittens. I like to get the 12 ounce cans. I just slide it out into a food storage container so I can divide it up into serving sizes. As for the dry, I still feed mine kitten formula or all life stage until they are a year old.
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