How Much Food For A Kitten?

The amount of food you need to feed your kitten depends on her age, size and activity level. Kittens can eat more than adult cats, but since they have a high metabolic rate and require about 2/3 of the calories in an adult cat’s diet (9–10 kcal per kg body weight for kittens), it is advisable to check with your vet whether your kitten needs extra calories. The average indoor-only kitten requires about 8–9 grams (0.25 oz) of dry food per kilogram (2 pounds) body weight daily; however, some breeds such as Abyssinians may need only 5 grams (0.2 oz). If you keep your pet indoors all day long, she will probably not overeat when fed once or twice a day [32]. Giving too much food at one sitting might lead to indigestion and constipation problems later on [14], so try to spread out the daily intake throughout the 24 hours by offering small meals every few hours during the course of each day [33]. A staple diet can be provided in most kitchens: fresh meaty bones such as chicken necks that are boiled slowly over several days deliver vital nutrients lacking in commercial kibble diets that contain grain fillers such as wheat gluten or cornstarch [34] while many people believe this type is not good enough for their pets either because they find its smell unpleasant or because it contains unappetizing additives like bone fragments that are harmful for young animals