When should a kitten start eating solid food?

Question by Opinionatedkitten: When should a kitten start eating solid food?
I recetly brought home an abandonned kitten (some weeks ago). It will mostly drink milk and it seems to be about 80 percent of its diet. It’s been a couple of weeks now and that hasn’t change. The kitten won’t touch kitten food, even soaked in water. I’m wondering if I’m not coddling it, as it where, by giving it all this milk and whether he should have mad the transition by now.
Should I remove the milk and give him no option but the solid food? He will eat solid food, but only table food and I don’t want to get him used that way – I gave him some chicken and beef because I was concerned he was eating no solid food. So I’m at a loss why he won’t touch the kitten food.
He looks very healthy and is very playful, so I don’t think he’s malnourished. Should I even worry about this? Will the kitten make the transition when he’s ready?

Best answer:

Answer by Jules
It can start eating kitten food at about 8 weeks old. And you do not give a cat cows milk. Their body can’t digest it and will get sick and have diarrhea

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16 Responses to “When should a kitten start eating solid food?”

  1. Katryna C says:

    When their are between 2 – 2 1/2 Months

  2. Tapestry6 says:

    If he is 6-8 weeks old get some kitten food. Stop offering milk just give him water once he hits that age. He will get hungry an dig in!

  3. Wiseone says:

    Milk is really not good for cats. The cat will eat solid food when it is hungry.

  4. mighty_mom says:

    8-9 weeks old. moisten dry food or mix it with canned.

  5. bryce f says:

    it should be eating after about a couple months

  6. Bizworth says:

    4 to 5 weeks old is when they will start eating kitten food. Try getting canned kitten food and mixing it with a little bit of warm water. They typically start eating ONLY kitten food by 8 weeks.

    You should stop giving cow milk because it is not good for cats.

    I think starting with canned kitten food until your kitty is used to eating kitten food only, then transitioning to crunchy food, is the best way to go.

  7. jack says:

    he should be eating solids by 8-10 weeks , some cats are fussy you might have to try a couple of different brands before you find one it likes. if its around 8-10 weeks i would remove the milk and only offer it water and solid food

  8. simplysweetnsexi says:

    Kittens should be eating fully by 8 weeks, starting to eat little bits at 4 possibly 5 weeks. I would start him on wet canned cat food, get him to eating it. After he has eaten it for a few days start mixing in dry kitten food & gradulally get him to all dry kitten food. Cats really need the dry food for their teeth. Some breeders will not ever feed wet food, it is all dry or some feed dry with raw meat. Cats are actually allergic to milk & will give them diarrhea as they get older. It is really the sugar in milk that hurts them so if you have to moisten dry food with milk a couple weeks get a small bottle of goat milk, or a cat of kitty milk replacer. If you do this, & take away all milk & table food & he is healthy, he will eventually eat when he gets hungry. Cats eat because of smell also, get the really smelly food, if they cannot smell it they will not eat it.

  9. lunamoon says:

    They can for sure eat solid cat food by 4 to 5 weeks. I have had MANY kittens and they all can- that is why you can give/sell them when they are four weeks old. Stop giving it milk, maybe add a tiny bit to the solid food if it hasn’t eaten all day as a last resort- but she will learn to eat soon enough.
    Don’t worry about it, just remain consistent.
    Good luck

  10. muttlover says:

    Hey, I just went through this! I finally weaned them by giving them fewer bottles and making the other stuff available when they were hungry. I didn’t just soften the food though. I started with mixing a little rice baby cereal and a tsp. or so of meat baby food into the formula in the bottle. Then, when they got use to that taste, I started dumping the special stuff on top of kitten nuggets. At first it was more formula than kibble. And it smelled pretty nasty too! I gradually put less and less of the formula in the bowl. I kept a bowl of fresh water nearby. After about a week I started substituting canned kitten food mixed in with the kitten kibble. The first day or two I sprinkled the powdered formula over the food, but by the end of about 10 days they were fine with just straight kibble. I started this when they were about 5 weeks old. That’s when I got them from their first foster Mom who was going on vacation. Two of their litter mates had a different foster Mom and she had hers eating out of a bowl at about 4 weeks. We knew for sure it was time to wean them when they chewed the nipples in half on the little bottles! A Momma cat will often give supplemental feedings till the cats look almost as big as she does. It’s kind of a social thing, I think. If your baby develops diahrhea or is getting up around 6- 7 weeks old, you might have to remove the bottle cold turkey.

  11. Beth says:

    I found orphaned kittens at about 3-4 weeks old. I began by feeding them a mixture of canned kitten food and the special kitten milk (as they had no trouble eating from a dish) and a week or two later I let dry kitten food soak in water and then microwaved it for about 10-15 seconds, making sure it wasn’t TOO hot, and then stood back and let them at it……they made a huge mess everywhere! Warming up the food brings out the smell, which they need in order to try the food for the first time.

    You could also try making a mushy mixture out of the dry kibble and some of the table food and perhaps some canned food as well, then gradually adjust the quantities until the kitten is eating what you want to feed it on a regular basis.

  12. Volcom4Roxy says:

    at four or five weeks of age. put a saucer of cat food moistened with warm water (not milk…cow’s milk is not good for cats) to a very runny consistency near you, and put the kittens close to it.

    They will probably walk through the food, spill it, stick their faces into it and sneeze, and othewise show that they haven’t a clue how to eat solid food, but they will taste some and lick some off their fur, and get the idea that it is good to eat. Their technique will improve with practice.

    If you owned The mother cat, she will start trying to wean them when they ate eight to ten weeks old. She will spend more and more time away from them, get up and leave when they try to nurse, and eventually push them away, swat them, hiss at them, even bite them. All perfectly natural. You will have him completely weaned by 12 weeks or so and may want nothing more to do with them, though when the kittens are grown up and no longer trying to nurse, she and the kittens may become close friends.

    Kittens should stay with their mother till they are at least eight weeks old although you havn’t told us if your going to keep him. They learn a lot from their mothers during that time so becuse she’s been away from her mother she probably wont learn to hunt and kittens weaned too early can have behavior problems.

    Their mother can and should be spayed when the kittens are six weeks old. She can come intio heat again at any time, even while she is still nursing her litter. so where-ever u found the kitten it could of just been the4 mother cat hiding her kitten there. just be careful and reguraly check the spot you found him to check if there are eny more kittens there

    Hope i helped, Tasha J

  13. Elva says:

    Hopefully you were giving him kitten formula? Are you giving the kitten canned kitten food? None of my kittens liked kitten food(till they turned into adults and would try to eat the my new kitten’s food of course.) You have to experiment till you find what works with wet and dry foods. If all else fails try some adult canned catfood. Sometimes human babyfood is suggested(but check with your vet on which to give — some human foods can be toxic to cats – onions, etc.)Science Diet gourmet turkey canned is a favorite of my pickiest eater. Rescue workers often seem to give their cats Friskies…

  14. Juanita G says:

    table food will upset there stomachs and so will to much whole milk. try watering down the milk and get him use to water gradually by adding more water and less milk each time. try different varities of cat food to find out what your cat prefurrs ann once you fine the right kind of food stick with it so the cat doesn’t get an upset tummy. try some dry food cause its helps with there vale movements. to much can food will give them the runs.

  15. StargalKittensAlexander says:

    Our feline Gizzard in no way utilizes your scratch whatever upgrade on him. In addition, i have not cut their nails in a very while

  16. KittensmiAlby says:

    get yourself a siamese feline


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