Q&A: When should I start my kitten on dry food?

Question by ashley d: When should I start my kitten on dry food?
My kitten is 4 weeks old, and i have been starting to put kitten food where she nurses on her mom, and she has been trying to eat the food. Is it okay or is she too young? She seems to really enjoy it!

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Answer by cat lover
Kitten chow for the mother is a good idea, as she needs the extra calories, and she will teach her kittens.

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6 Responses to “Q&A: When should I start my kitten on dry food?”

  1. tigercub1 says:

    she is still nursing. i would wait for another 2 weeks. if you want to give her a little piece here and there that is fine .i dont know if they could choke on it or if they are fully able to eat it but i would wait till the normal weaning age of 6 weeks. mine was weaned by 5 weeks.

  2. QoiQoi-009 says:

    When there is food nearby a momma cat will naturally wean (switch from milk to food) her babies. it is a good idea to make the food very small, or soak in a little milk. then when the kitten no longer drinking milk stop soaking the dry food.

  3. Ken S says:

    Never
    Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
    Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
    Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingredient a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
    http://www.catinfo.org/#Learn_How_To_Rea…
    http://www.sniksnak.com/ac/petfooddefinitions.html

    Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s, constipation, and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages
    from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)
    An even bigger problem is that it IS dry and it dehydrates no matter how much your cat drinks
    Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food. Cats are not naturally big drinkers.
    95% of the moisture is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Think about it.
    Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don’t use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
    http://www.catinfo.org/#My_Cat_is_Doing_Just_Fine_on_Dry_Food
    You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn’t have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.
    THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPRODUCTS
    Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
    Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
    Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck in between.
    http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=doesdryfoodcleantheteeth
    http://www.felinefuture.com/?p=470ary&act=sho

    Please read about cat nutrition.
    http://www.catinfo.org/
    http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felineobesity
    http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm…
    Prescription diets It is extremely rare that they should be fed
    The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with the people pushing it on
    them with their own research showing how great their food is. Who is going to spend money or research for animals these
    days. The food companies that is who. Their research is designed not to hurt their bottom line
    Believe me a company researching their own products are in it for profit
    Some vets are behind the times when it comes to nutrition
    but more are reading and becoming up to date
    Times change information changes over time as more is learned. Please do your research

    . Notice grants for for this nutritional class in a vet school
    http://www.vetmed.lsu.edu/news_&_events.htm#Nestle_Purina
    http://www.mndaily.com/2010/02/18/vet-school-relies-external-funding

    Hills Science Plan, a pet-food brand owned by Colgate-Palmolive, boasts that: ‘More vets feed Hills than any other pet food.’
    Last year, Hills sponsored the British Veterinary Association’s 2009 Congress (the biggest meeting on the veterinary calendar).

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    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1244595/Is-food-youre-feeding-pet-killing–making-vet-rich.html

  4. kittyslave23 says:

    I started leaving dry food out as early as 3 weeks old. They will explore it, lick it, nibble on it, whatever. Eventually, they will get the idea it is food. My “babies” ate the dry kitten food before they started enjoying the wet food.

    Me… kittyslave23… I know my place.

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