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Q: Baby kittens?

October 29, 2009 | By ashley | 2 answers | Expired: 1622 days ago

ashley

When do kittens hit the age when they start eating? What kind of kitten food do you think is the best?

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Amber
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Oct 29, 2009

if they're about 3 weeks, they'll begin weaning very soon. we found ourselves in the same boat last year and learned quite a bit. for one thing, the KMR (Kitten Milk replacement) brand makes a "2nd step" type formula that's more like a gruel...a step kind of half way between milk and solid food. not sure how well this will work, given that they've still got mama to nurse from, but we fostered a kitten earlier this year that just loved the stuff. the whole "best pet food" debate could go on forever. personally, i don't think that Royal Canin is actually the best brand out there...not the worst, but not the best either. it's better than grocery store stuff. in any case, they do make a formula for very small kittens. the kibbles are very small...the smallest i've ever seen. also, kittens love ground beef. no kidding. brown up a little ground beef, and they'll love you forever. they'll probably take that over kibble.

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Jillian
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Oct 29, 2009

most kitten chows are fine, just avoid the super cheapies. between 4 and 6 weeks is usually when kittens are weaned {some can be very stubborn and some take to solids right away}. when i'm weaning a kitten i will either moisten their kitten chow w/formula {microwave 2/3rd kibble and 1/3rd formula for one to two minutes, mash it up, let it cool, and serve} or i will start them on wet food and gradually mix kibble into the wet until their on hard food.
when a kitten will not take to solids you should use your finger to serve it to them. i don't know why this helps, but it does. one or two finger fed bites and they're usually ready to attack the bowl.
although kittens do love ground beef {and other meats}, be careful not to spoil them on it or they'll turn up their noses at their own food {which they really need}.

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