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Kitten to cat: when can kittens eat adult cat food?

July 17, 2018
Kittens need to have their rapid growth and development supported through specially tailored nutrition found in kitten food until they reach 12 months of age. At one year old, a kitten is considered an adult cat and can gradually transition to a complete and balanced adult cat food diet. Adult food is available for indoor cats too, with nutrients tailored to their different energy requirements.

How to transition your kitten onto adult cat food:

When your kitten is 12 months old, it is advisable to gradually transition from kitten food to adult food. This should be done over a 7-day period in order to introduce the new food slowly to help avoid digestive upset with the change in diet. 

How to make the switch:  Start on day 1 by replacing about 1/6th of the current kitten food with new adult food.  Increase this gradually over the next 5 days so that by day 7 the entire portion of kitten food has now been replaced with adult food.

Feeding a mixture of wet and dry foods:

Did you know? 

Owners typically like feeding their cat wet food as it looks like a more substantial meal, but wet food actually contains about a quarter of the calories of dry food.

Using wet and dry food together

Benefits of Wet Pet Food

Wet food encourages water intake. With high moisture content it can help keep your pet hydrated and helps to support a healthy urinary tract especially in cats.

Wet food contains fewer calories per gram than dry food. It can help to maintain a healthy body weight.

Wet food is closer in texture to the food that cats would naturally choose. It’s very palatable and easily digested making it the right choice for finicky eaters.

Wet food delivers a variety of tastes and textures. Compared to dry foods, wet foods have higher levels of real meats and lower levels of carbohydrate sources, such as grains.

The soft texture of wet food is easy for kittens and senior cats o chew.

Benefits of Dry Pet Food

Dry pet food is a concentrated source of nutrition and energy.

Chewing the crunchy kibble helps support oral care health.

Dry pet food is usually less expensive than wet to feed on a per-serving basis.

Dry pet food is convenient, it does not require refrigeration after opening, and can be left out in a bowl all day without the risk of drying out or going stale. Makes traveling with your pet much easier, too.

There are a growing number of cats that are overweight, so replacing some of the dry food with wet food is one way to reduce calories consumed per meal.

What human foods are toxic to cats? 

Some human foods that are perfectly safe for us to eat can be highly toxic and dangerous for cats. Be sure to never let your cat eat any of the following:

• Chocolate
• Grapes
• Raisins
• Caffeine
• Onions
• Garlic

If your cat does consume any of these things, please seek veterinary attention immediately.
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