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Q: How soon can you start giving kittens kitty food?

January 24, 2009 | By Wanettamarie | 13 answers | Expired: 1901 days ago

How soon can you start giving kittens kitty food?

My kittens are now 3 weeks old, and I was wondering when I can start giving them Kitty food

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Helena P.
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Feb 01, 2009

Usually at around 4 weeks. Sometimes a curious kitten will try out kitty food at three weeks, but they aren't too successful at getting enough to keep them full. They usually become frustrated & give up. It's better to give kitten food rather than adult cat food. The kibble is smaller, easier for them to bite and it conatains more vitamins. You can moisten the food by mixing it with canned cat food, kitten formula, or water. Be prepared for them to make a big mess, lol. Like wearing their food & getting it all over the place. This is normal. Just think like a human baby starting out. We were all messy at one time.

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Sisa
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Jan 30, 2009

I have had kittens that were younger than that. It all depends on the kitten. You can try to give it wet canned food and see if the kitty will eat it. We usually introduce young kittens to wet food by putting some of it in their mouth so that they can get a taste of it. Otherwise they would not know what to do with it!

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Breyes
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Jan 27, 2009

yes he its ready to eat kitty cat food, actually its ok to start giving them when, they two months old. my mother in law, just got a kitty cat a week ago he its two months and he its already eating, and going to litter box.

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Terri D.
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Jan 26, 2009

Put some food out and when they are ready they will go to it in the mean time seeing the mother eating will be training/teaching them

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Liz145
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Jan 26, 2009

Normally, at about four weeks of age, I introduce kitten chow softened with milk specifically formulated for cats. The kittens will not eat very much of it to begin with, and will probably make a big mess and get the food all over them (or at least all of mine did). But, they will eventually get the hang of it.

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Liz C.
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Jan 25, 2009

Four weeks is when kittens usually begins to investigate food...I would start them on a gruel made of wet canned food mixed with water, and try to avoid milk replacer...it gives them loose stools.

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Sharon B.
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Jan 25, 2009

It may be too soon but you maybe you can try when they are 4 weeks. You should try a mix of wet and dry. I am a foster parent for kittens at our local shelter and a good dry food that is very small and works for younger kittens is Royal Canin Babycat 34. This Cat Food is for 1st stage kittens during weaning and intense growth (0-4 months). Babycat 34 is the first step feeding solution exclusive to Royal Canin that is specifically designed for very young kittens from weaning to 4 months.

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scott z.
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Jan 25, 2009

Seems a little soon but put some moist food by them and if they eat it then u will know

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Heatherzopff
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Jan 25, 2009

what i do is get goats milk and do half that and half warm water, and get some good kitten wet food. mix it up and make it mushy. your going to have to put some in their mouth and get them to taste it, and the probably wont like it for a week or so. just keep doing this and eventually they will eat it. once they are really eating this, when they are about 4-5 weeks start adding some dry kitten food to it. make sure its something small, or break it up in a food processor. then eventually you can do just the dry food with a little goats milk and then just dry. when you are making the transition from bottle to food, make sure if they do not eat any of the food you still give them the bottle. if you dont you risk the chance of them getting hypoglycemia, one of mine did this and sort of had a small seizure, it was scary, but i called my vet asap and she said to feed her a bottle and give her some nurtical. if you go to the pet store they have this. good luck

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kevinskats
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Jan 25, 2009

You can try mixing a little KMR milk replacer with canned kitten food at about a month old but you have to watch them so they don't choke on it of course. Once they start on some solid food they grow quick.

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