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Kitten feeding question

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by PippaBoolittle, Apr 2, 2011.


  1. PippaBoolittle

    PippaBoolittle PetForums Newbie

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    Another question on how much to feed kittens I'm afraid. I see the prevailing advice here seems to be feed kittens as much as they want. But about 1.5 months ago our vet told us our kitten was fat, not tubby, no euphemisms allowed... fat :( This was after a period of illness where she stopped eating, so when she started eating again I spoiled her and was probably a bit generous with her food for 2-3 weeks and that's when the vet saw her and called her fat (she did have a bit of a belly....:eek: )

    She is now 6.5 months old and I have been strictly measuring her food. She was getting 120g smilla/bozita/animonda carny and 25-30g dry porta 21 sensible. But she's always looking for more so I upped it gradually to 160g wet, 30g dry (in 3 meals)

    I'm worried she might be hungry, so I'm wondering if it would be ok to give her food until she stops eating as I've seen suggested elsewhere, or bearing in mind the previous "fat" incident should I accept mine is a greedy kitty and needs to be monitered :eek: Thanks for any suggestions!
     
  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Not sure on this but would it be possible to up the wet food and decrease the dry.It is possible ,I think,that she is not getting enough from her wet food so fills up on dry but still feel hungry.hobbs is the person you need for this I think,but I didnt want to read and run.What weight is she.Vets can sometimes be obsessed with weight .
     
  3. Aurelia

    Aurelia PetForums VIP

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    What I can tell you is that I went through a stage of believing my girls were fat too! BUT and this is important ... they have grown and grown and have now begun to 'stretch' (aged 11 months, but it started a couple of month ago) so all that excess weight is evening out, and they are in beautiful condition because of it.

    I would carry on feeding as much as your kitty likes personally :) Unless of course the illness in question was an illness that meant your kitty was putting extra weight on (thyroid problems and the like), or your kitty was becoming ill because of excess weight.

    There are a few things that vets don't usually specialise in and they are: Nutrition, Behaviour and Breeding. Advice on any of things coming from a vet I would take with a pinch of salt and do as much research as possible with more experienced 'experts' :)

    Hopefully Hobbs will be along shortly, I'm sure she'll set you right ;)

    Oh, and we must have pics :D
     
  4. Marley boy

    Marley boy PetForums VIP

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    i dont think i have ever measured my cats food out, apart from when i got my first cat i was a tad obsessive with measuring out her food when she was a Kitten. I just guess now, if they are looking fat i give them a little less. I must admit mine are getting a little plump might cut down on the treats ;)
     
  5. hobbs2004

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    Hello, don't really have anything to add to what has already been said (reduce the dry and up the wet) and asked (what is her weight?). Have you noticed whether she is more hungry after one brand than another? Are you keeping her active?
     
  6. PippaBoolittle

    PippaBoolittle PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for the replies. She's about 3.2kg and doesn't look particularly skinny or fat according to the cat weight diagram thingys, not sure if they apply to kittens though. She's an indoor cat but is quite active, and to be honest I hadn't noticed her acting more or less hungrily depending on the food.

    I'll try giving her an extra wet meal and see if she'll eat it all, I suppose once I'm conscious of her weight nothing can go too terribly wrong, I'm just a worrier!

    Haven't stuck any pics of her on the laptop yet (they're all on my phone) but will get cracking on it. I know all cat slaves think their's are the prettiest, but she really is :p
     
  7. gloworm*mushroom

    gloworm*mushroom PetForums VIP

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    Oh dear me, my cats eat about 300-400 a day and one is 3.8kg, and theyre not fat! They are chunky breed though. i think theyd eat me if I fed them 200g a day lol

    I feel like im stuffing them hahaha! I think I need smaller cats :p
     
  8. Dante

    Dante PetForums VIP

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    Sorry to ask something within the same post, but Aurelia - I've seen you mention this 'stretching' before and wondered what exactly it is? I presume it's to do with growth, 'cos obviously kitties stretch all the time - The way you've worded it makes me think you mean a different kind of stretching? Is it something they physically do? I'm curious to see if it's what I think my two have been doing a lot for the last 3-4 months, that's all :)

    Thanks!
     
  9. Aurelia

    Aurelia PetForums VIP

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    Well for the first 6+ months of their lives they fill outwards quicker than length ways, or at least it seems that way. Then at a certain point it seems to switch, and they seem to stretch rather than fill out. Hope that makes sense :lol:
     
  10. Dante

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    Aha, yep it does :) Thanks!
     
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