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Topic: Feeding Kittens

Question from Ellen in Wilmington:
I have a little kitten who is around 2 months old. He has yet to start eating kitten/cat food, but does like people food. He is still nursing. When should he start eating cat food? He seems very healthy.

Answer from Dr. Mindy Cohan:
Kittens are typically weaned from their mom's milk at 6 or 7 weeks of age. If your kitten is 8 weeks old, it is time to wean him from mom and offer kitten food (not adult cat food). Sometimes it is easier for young kittens to eat canned food rather than dry. You do not mention what type of table food you are offering. I strongly advise against feeding table food. Your kitten is growing quickly and requires a well balanced diet that can only be provided by formulated kitten food.

Sometimes it is necessary to offer a few different brands of food to see which your kitten likes the best. I recommend offering several different varieties at once rather than continuously switching from one brand to another. If the kitten remains finicky about kitten food and has not been seen by a veterinarian, schedule an appointment. There may be an underlying problem to help explain a poor appetite.

Posted June 15, 2006

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