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I have 2 boy kittens, I want to know about canned food
Cindigal posted:
I hope I can get a clear answer about how much wet food to give to 3 and 4 month kittens. They have their dry food at all time in their respective bowls and they have the dispenser one gallon water container all the time. They seem they always hungry. I am getting mixed messages from people how to feed and how much wet food kittens should get. My son....who's not a specialist by no means.. he wants me to save money told me that they should only need 1/2 of a can of a big can....for both of them...for the whole day. Is this true...??

Whenever I go to the kitchen they are following me as if they are hungry all the time. They have their treats, which I give them at night. As I said, their bowls with dry food and the water at their disposal all the time. Why are they wanting for more food. Should they need more than 1/2 can of wet food like my son said. Then I look at the labels on the cat foods that I was shocked when it said.. you should feed kittens 1-2 cans a day... What is the right amount for kittens..??....their names is Boo..all black weighs 5 lbs and tabby.. weighs 4 lbs.. their adorable. I don't want to overfeed them nor underfeed either. Please advise.

Rohvannyn responded:
The manufacturers's instructions aren't considering that you feed wet food as well, you may not need the full amount suggested. Kittens do eat a lot, and it depends how much dry food they eat too. Do they act hungry for dry food or do they wait for the wet because they like it better? I'm glad you are including fresh water too!

One thing to consider is the quality of the dry food. They still need kitten chow which is higher in fat and is easier to chew. One half of a big can (like the 10 or 15 ounce size) might enough for them if they like their dry food too. If they are eating lower quality dry food, like the store brand, that might not have enough protein fat and nutrients for them. My cat will pretty reliably get urinary problems because of the high ash content in Atta Cat or Alley Cat, for example. So look at the nutrition information on the bag. There are decent quality foods that won't kill your wallet.

I just say this because one time I had an animal who was always hungry, we thought it was behavrioral but she was actually malnourished because of the generic food we were giving her. That isn't likely except with the really cheap bottom of the barrel food.
Rohvannyn replied to Rohvannyn's response:
Oops, I meant to say "the manufacturers's instructions aren't considering that you feed DRY food as well."


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