Arden Moore is a pet
Should a kitten be fed both
author, and master pet
first-aid instructor who
often teaches hands-on
classes with her cool
cat, Casey, and very
tolerant dog, Chipper. Each week, she
hosts the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life
Radio. Learn more at fourleggedlife.com,
and follow Arden on Facebook
and Twitter at @ArdenKnowsPets.
canned and wet food?
At our kitten nursery, we feed
underage kittens formula, which
closely mimics milk they would
normally get from their mother.
At 31/2 weeks of age, we introduce
wet and dry food, but wet food
is often more palatable for young
kittens, making it easier for them
to get adequate nutrition as they
What’s going on inside a
growing kitten in terms of
growth and caloric needs?
Keeping body tempera-
How can I prevent my kitten
tures up is critical, so grow-
ing kittens need additional
calories for proper devel-
opment. Their organs
their muscles are
and more coordinated, and they
tend to be much more active than
adult cats. That is why it is vital
that they get proper nutrition and
calories to ensure they grow into a
healthy and happy adult cat.
from becoming obsessed with
food and becoming overweight?
To keep your kitten from morphing into a feline foodie, we
recommend against free feeding.
Kittens 8 weeks or older should
be fed two to three times daily
(multiple small meals are best) in
controlled amounts. Measure the
food out at each meal, and weigh
your cat once weekly to gauge
development and prevent obesity.
Is it safe to occasionally provide
a meal inside a food puzzle rather
than in a bowl for a young kitten?
Food puzzles are always a great
way for pets to stay entertained
and develop those little brains!
Using puzzle feeders encourages
kittens to use all their senses. If
you notice your kitten can’t quite
figure it out, and you’re worried
he isn’t getting enough to eat, you
can offer him his food in a bowl
and keep the puzzle feeder for
enrichment. A nice compromise
and good tool for enrichment
throughout their lives.
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