I have a seven-month-old (almost 8 months now), formerly feral kitten, that I adopted from a rescue a couple of months ago. He has a HUGE appetite. When I first adopted him, the rescuer / foster mom said she had been feeding him 9 oz. of wet food (three 3 oz cans of Fancy Feast) a day to "fatten him up" since he had been feral, but I could take him down to six ounces once I adopted him. She had him about a week and a half before I adopted him. Prior to that he was with another volunteer foster person for a few days (not sure what she had been feeding him). And when he was feral, a woman had been leaving food out for him and his mom and brother.
Anyway, I switched him to a rotation of higher quality, grain-free, high-protein wet foods when I adopted him. He gets one full can a day (5.5 ounces), plus a VERY small amount of Blue Buffalo Wilderness duck dry food (this is just so he will take to a dry food if I am ever going to be out of the house and miss a feeding so I can leave him a little food out).
Anyway, Magnus loves food. Not a picky eater at all. I have yet to determine if he has a favorite flavor or type of food because he just scarfs it all down indiscriminately, it seems.
Anyway, as soon as he eats a meal, he's crying for more food, literally within minutes after eating. I started giving him some raw giblets earlier this week as a snack (on top of what i was feeding him) and he seemed to really like that, however, I am not sure if I am overfeeding him by adding this to his regular meals. So now he's raiding the trash can looking for scraps so we have to hide the trash - otherwise, he's grabbing bits of egg or meat scraps out of it. And once he even stole a bite of pizza we were eating.
I told my husband not to feed him table scraps so he wouldn't get into bad habits but now he's begging whenever we're at the dinner table or I'm cooking. (I know begging for food is normal though).
Should I be feeding him more? He acts like he's starving.
My vet warned me former ferals can balloon up with weight because they will overeat if they can get it.
I had brought him to the vet a few weeks ago and his weight was perfect at that time. He still looks a good weight, he just has a ferocious appetite. He also has very good energy level. We play with him after dinner and after breakfast and get him leaping around after stuff to work off his energy. He's been climbing up his cat tree like a little panther and leaping around after his toy mice - doing flips in the air etc. So he's got good energy and plenty of exercise.
Here is a recent picture. Three weeks ago he weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. I'm not sure what his weight is now, but he looks longer I think, so he's definitely still growing. The vet thinks he'll be about 14 to 15 pounds when full grown.
Here's a few pictures from a few days ago that show his body shape. He's mostly fur at this point. I felt around his middle and don't feel a big belly or anything (not does he seem super bony either, but feels about right)
here you can see his big feet :)