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post #1 of 15
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Hey I think I read this somewhere here before on Nutro Natural and feeding adult to kits?

Can I feed the adult canned and packets food to my 5 month olds kits?

PETCO is going out of business here and their food is 70% off and this is all they have left...
post #2 of 15
I wouldnt worry about it. Once a kitten hits 5-6 months is when I start feeding adult anyways. I would say go for it.
post #3 of 15
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OK I found the other thread on this...I see some say yes to go ahead and switch depending on body type ..
if you still want to reply to me her ..that is cool if not no biggie
post #4 of 15
I've fed my kittens from age 5 months on with adult foods. Never had a problem. IMO unless its a sick kitten or a large breed kitten, you can switch them over to adult foods at 5-6 months old.
post #5 of 15
I know that GoldenKitty45 has experience and differnt opinions about this, but if you have an active kitten, just so you HAVE the information to decide what you want to do, most vets recommend feeding kitten food until a cat is 1 year old. Most cats keep growing and developing until they are 1 1/2 years old.

We fed our cats kitten food, which has a higher protein content than most adult cat foods, until they were about a year old. We don't have any fat cats.

Laurie
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by LDG View Post
I know that GoldenKitty45 has experience and differnt opinions about this, but if you have an active kitten, just so you HAVE the information to decide what you want to do, most vets recommend feeding kitten food until a cat is 1 year old. Most cats keep growing and developing until they are 1 1/2 years old.

We fed our cats kitten food, which has a higher protein content than most adult cat foods, until they were about a year old. We don't have any fat cats.

Laurie
Same school of thought here... My nearly 4 yr old is coming off Kitten NOW and going to a adult with higher protein and lower fat..
post #7 of 15
Adult foods contain acidifiers (to prevent bladder stones) that can throw off the calcium:phosphorus balance that growing kittens need for healthy skeletal formation.

Kittens should eat STRICTLY kitten food until they are fully grown.
post #8 of 15
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still split on the issue here too with replys..just like the other post I found on this issue..I swear I thought I had read tho' somewhere here that Nutro Natural Adults was good for kits as well as adults because of the quality...

I have no sick kittens..
Pumpkin is my littlest pea..the vet thinks she is just going to be small so I will make sure to keep pumping her full of the good kitten food...but all my boys are 5.5-6+lbs so I am going to go with the adult foods..

AND not to mention that I got 100 packets of Nutro Natural Adult formula today for $19.00
post #9 of 15
The adult states in the AFFCO thing on the bag( if anyone knows the real name tell me ) FOR ADULT MAITENANCE thus I would not say it was okay for kittens... if your reading on Nutro dog many are all stage and suitable for a puppy
post #10 of 15
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The adult states in the AFFCO thing on the bag( if anyone knows the real name tell me ) FOR ADULT MAITENANCE thus I would not say it was okay for kittens... if your reading on Nutro dog many are all stage and suitable for a puppy
I am not reading off a dog bag no pups here..

It is the Nutritional Adequacy Statement..I see it, I read it- but I swear there was discussion here once that some were feeding Nutro Adult to their kits..guess I was wrong..

My kits sure do love these adult pouches tho'..they are woofing it down faster than the kitten pouches
not sure why...

anyhoo...do not want to stunt my kits in growth or needed vitamins...but financially this was a great buy..so maybe I will mix the two...
post #11 of 15
I remember reading that some still give dry kitten food and any canned, adult or kitten. I think that would be ok if you feed dry too?
post #12 of 15
I have always switched kittens onto adult food before one year old. They've grown up just fine! In fact, both Jaffa and Mosi were eating adult food when I got them as small kittens (Jaffa 10 years ago from a rescue and Mosi 2 years ago from a breeder) as kitten food was too rich for them. I did gradually get them both onto kitten food but I think that once they reach about 6 months and have been neutered it's fine to feed them adult. Depending on the brand, there's not always a lot of difference between the protein content etc. Kitten food is a relatively new invention and kittens grew up ok before it existed. There's no special kitten mouse in the wild, after all!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
. There's no special kitten mouse in the wild, after all!

this is true!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by RaggieKitty View Post
I remember reading that some still give dry kitten food and any canned, adult or kitten. I think that would be ok if you feed dry too?
Yes
I feed dry food..that is going to remain kitten as I already had a huge bag..they go through the wet stuff so much faster...
post #15 of 15
My young kitten is now turning her nose up at the kitten food. This happened with one of my other cats as well, long before it seemed appropriate to move them to adult food, Charlie and her siblings didn't want anything to do with the kitten canned food.

Simone now tries to bury it. I've been feeding her a combo of Nutro canned kitten and Pet Promise all level and Avoderm all level with an added scoop of KMR and water to soften. For the first few weeks this combo was delicious to her. Now she wants to eat what the others do so to entice her to the baby food I add....baby food. Plain Gerber Chicken (no onion or garlic powder as you know).

Simone's current fav is the Avoderm canned. She just started showing interest in the kitten dry food (Eukanuba is especially smelly and delicious) but then so are the other cats. They LOVE the kitten dry and snarf it up like vacuums before Simone can eat some. I gave up and sprinked a few grains around for the adults and then plop the kitten in front of a concentrated pile so she can get a serving while the others are busy chasing around the scattered treats.

No one cooperates and Simone often tries the adult Avoderm dry and the adults want her food.
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