How Much Should My Kitten Be Eating?

Kittens have a low metabolic rate, so they need less food than adult cats. Although it’s difficult to determine the exact amount of food required for each individual cat, you can use these guidelines to estimate how much your kitten should eat:

Your kitten will probably be able to consume one bowl of warm milk per day. If she is nursing from you or another source other than her mother, that should provide enough nutrition – even through weaning time. When she gets bigger and starts eating solid foods (she’ll start doing this around 4-5 weeks), aim for about half a cup per meal. After 6 months old, when she doesn’t need as many calories anymore but still needs some fat in her diet, try feeding 1/3rd cup three times a week at most (but no more). Kittens should never get less than 2% calcium by weight of their diet; if there is too little calcium in the diet then bones won’t develop properly and problems such as fractures may follow later on into adulthood. The best way to include dietary calcium is by adding canned sardines or similar high-fat fish with bones (such as trout) which contain 10 grams of dietary calcium per 100g serving (see below). Adding small amounts of green leafy vegetables like spinach or spring greens every few days helps ensure that adequate levels are maintained throughout the cat’s life; avoid using iceberg lettuce because it contains very little iron and vitamin A; instead consider using romaine lettuce which