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post #1 of 13
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My kittens will be 4 weeks on sunday and when they are out they try to eat the hard food i have down for the mommy. I get nervous when they do because i dont want them to choke. Should i start putting soft food down for them? Are they ready for it? Can anybody help me on this? Also is the mommy suppose to help them with the litter box or do i put them in the box and help them?
post #2 of 13
I'm in the same place with my 4 week-old kittens too now. I have confined them in my bedroom and I placed the litterbox Lexus normally uses in with them so they can both observe her and also explore it for themselves. I am also introducing solid foods now too, and I normally use baby food. Chicken seems to be a big hit in my house. If you want, try to spread a little bit of warmed baby food over a small bit of the dry on a flat saucer-like plate and see if they will take it that way. I like the Royal Canin BabyCat 34 dry food because the little bits are so small and are easier for the little-ies to get into their mouths.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am still feeding the mommy hard kitten food and they seem to want it when they are out.I'm just afraid they are going to choke on it.
post #4 of 13
You could try moistening it with a little KMR or warm water to soften it if choking is a concern.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ok i will try that now then it is time to give them a lil taste of the food
post #6 of 13
I hope you have better luck than I am having! My little-ies are fine licking the baby food off of my finger, but they are having a hard time connecting the dots between what is on the plate and what is on my finger ... they can't seem to figure out how to get what's on the plate into their mouths if it isn't delivered by my finger. My finger can be laying IN the food on the plate and they still are just not connecting the dots. We'll keep trying. They are watching Lexus when she eats with great interest and tonight, it was almost as if she rapped the ruler on the desk and called out, "OK, Children, gather round, tonight I am going to demonstrate Solid Foods!". They all were sitting around her, watching her intently. *chuckle* They are so funny.
post #7 of 13
That seems so early to me but Ninas babies are 4 wks and are acting interested too. Isn't that early...my how kids develop early these days
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by cupcake1234516
My kittens will be 4 weeks on sunday and when they are out they try to eat the hard food i have down for the mommy. I get nervous when they do because i dont want them to choke. Should i start putting soft food down for them? Are they ready for it? Can anybody help me on this? Also is the mommy suppose to help them with the litter box or do i put them in the box and help them?
I have 4 week old kittens too. I just bought Babycat food and mixed in with Veruca's kitten food. The kittens just spit out the big pieces but I think they might be nibbling on the Babycat. Also, I have been offering them some watered down wet kitten food for the last 3 days. No one was interested until today. 2 of them chowed down!

I have 4 small litter pans around their "suite". I have not seen any of them do anything in there except sleep and eat litter. I did wake to find a kitten turd in one box today. There was also one just outside the box. That is encouraging, but I have not seen anything since.
post #9 of 13
I am going through the same thing with my 4 1/2 week old babies. I started to introduce kitten food to them on their 4th week birthday (Tuesday just past). 1st day, no interest whatsover. Just wanted momma. 2nd day, a little interest from one kitten. 3rd day, same kitten and now another one are eating the solid food. HOWEVER, my problem is momma. She devours every piece of food around her, and I have to keep her out of the room when the food is down for the babies. She will not let them have even a nibble. It's a little tiring, especially since I work all day, so the only time I get to show them how to eat is in the morning and when I get home after work. And by that time, all they want to do is play.
Same thing with the litter, right now it's a bed and food to munch on. Not a potty. Although, my DH said he saw one of them squatting and having a pee in it the other day, but I don't know for sure.

I really thought it was going to be easier than this.
post #10 of 13
I put warm water over the dry food for them to nibble on. They might show interest now, but I'd wait another week before putting some canned food down.
post #11 of 13
I have seen each and every one of Ruby's babies eat solid food. They will be 4 weeks on Sunday. I was shocked when I walked in yesterday and 4 of them were gathered around Ruby's bowl. It looks like they pick up a piece, walk back to their bed, keep it in ther mouths until it dissolves and then start the process over again. Now, I have to keep my fingers crossed that they'll take to the litter box as well.
post #12 of 13
I use to start out my kittens with a little wet food and then slowly introduce them to dry but all of my kittens went straight to kitten food that I had for the momma. I have never seen kittens goes straight to dry food before. They also went to drinking water and to the litter box. They all started eating it about four to five weeks.

I guess their momma is a good teacher

They are going to be eight weeks on Sunday. They are bouncing and running everywhere. I just love them all.

post #13 of 13
I've always started with wet food, a little bit of rice pablum (infant cereal) and warm water to thin it a bit, then around 5-6 weeks introducing dry kitten food wet down to make it softer. By 8 weeks or so they were always eating just dry food whenever they wanted.
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