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FAQs About Kitten Food

There are plenty of great kitten foods, but the best kitten food for your little cat depends on your goals—including a budget, nutritional goals, your cat’s overall health and other considerations. If you’re particularly focused on brain development, you might want a cat food with omega-3 fatty acids. If your kitty has a troubled tummy, the best kitten food for a sensitive stomach is probably a kitten food with probiotics and easily digestible ingredients. Maybe you want a grain-free kitten food that’s high in protein or a budget-friendly food that still delivers essential nutrients. Whatever motivates your quest for the best kitten food, Petco is sure to have an option that you and your kitten can agree on.

Kittens’ nutritional needs change throughout their growth and development, so your kitten’s age and activity level will play a large part in determining how much—and how often—you feed them. You can talk to your veterinarian about the best kitten food serving size and meal frequency for your kitten. In general, younger kittens need frequent feedings—3 to 4 per day—from 8 weeks of age until 4 to 6 months of age. Around 6 to 10 months of age, your kitten should eat 2 to 3 times per day, and from 10 to 12 months old, your kitten can begin to transition to 2 meals of adult food per day. If you’re using dry kitten food, you can plan to serve about 1/2 cup of total food per day, gradually increasing to about 1 cup when your kitten is 6 to 12 months old—but consult your veterinarian for specific advice.

If your kitten eats wet food, feed them according to the same schedule you’d use for dry food, but adjust the amount of food served. 2- to 3-month-old kittens should get up to 4 oz. of wet kitten food a day, and by 6 months, many kittens can eat up to 6 ounces of wet food per day. By 10 to 12 months old, your kitten may be able to eat 1 cup or more of wet food per day. Talk to your veterinarian about the proper amount of wet kitten food for your cat.

By the time your kitten is 12 months old, you can probably begin introducing adult dry cat food—and your cat may even be ready to start transitioning around 10 months old. Incorporate new food gradually to get your kitten used to it. And check with your veterinarian before switching from a kitten formula to an adult one. Some large breed cats benefit from eating kitten food until they are 18 months to 2 years old.

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