Feeding Your Cat – When Do You Switch From Kitten To Adult Pet Food?

The dietary requirements of growing kittens differ from that of adult cats. They need a high quality diet that is formulated to meet the needs of their lifestage. Kittens can be allowed to eat as much as they want because, unlike in puppies, overeating is not a concern among cats. Premium quality pet food already contains all the nutrients that kittens need each day, so supplementation is not recommended unless advised by your veterinarian.

 Kitten food is usually given until your pet achieves 80-90% of his expected adult weight. Most cats reach their desired weight when they’re around 9 months old. Once this milestone is reached, you can begin switching to adult pet food, but make sure to do it gradually so the cat’s digestive system will have enough time to get used to the new food. Start by feeding ¼ adult food and ¾ kitten food; after a few days, you can add ½ adult food and ½ kitten food as long as there are no adverse reactions. After a few days, you can increase the amount of adult food to ¾ while decreasing the kitten food to ¼ of the ration, until your pet’s meal is entirely made up of adult cat food. Click here for more details.

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