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    From kitten food to adult food
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    shellgg posted:
    At what age do you begin feeding your kitten adult food?
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    Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi shellgg,

    I was feeding Charlie kitten food up until he was about 9 months old. But due to the fact that he's a big kitten at 12 pounds now -- he turns 1 year old this week -- I figured he was eating enough dry food so I switched him to adult dry cat food. He also gets canned food once a day and eats dry food at will.

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    Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
    The switch from kitten to adult food should occur around 9-12 months. Be sure to switch gradually ( over a couple of weeks) as abrupt diet changes can provoke some stomach upset or put your cat on a hunger strike.

    Keep in mind about the time your cat is neutered (or spayed) his/her calorie requirement drop since the body is shifting from being a teenage to an adult. Also neutering (and spaying) decrease the calorie requirements event further. Check with your vet and monitor your cat's weight, but cats may need a 25-30% decrease in calorie consumption to maintain ideal body condition. Ann Hohenhaus


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