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Couple of qs about my kitten!

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itsnothingoriginal · 17/07/2013 21:52

My lovely little kitty is 13 weeks and I'm not sure how much we should be feeding her. Can't get a definitive answer by googling and guide on the pack is for adult cats.

She was on Felix adult pouches when we got her so we've continued with these and would easily eat her way through 2 per day plus whiskers kitten biscuits. Is this too much?

Also, where do your cats sleep at night? She's been happy in kitchen kitchen in her bed until now but last night was meowing like mad when I shut the door so we let her come upstairs. She went to sleep on our bed but woke us up at 5am! Not sure I can cope with that every night Shock

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crazyhamsterdisguisedasapanda · 17/07/2013 21:56

My Kittens that are a week younger than yours have half a pouch of Felix in the morning & half in the evening & I leave biscuits out dure in the day as well .
Mine sleep in the conservatory on a chair they have claimed as their own , if I just had one kitten/cat though I would let them have the run of the house

crazyhamsterdisguisedasapanda · 17/07/2013 21:57

Oh has she been wormed as 2 seems an awful lot for a kitten , even my adult cats struggle to eat that much Smile

itsnothingoriginal · 17/07/2013 22:05

Thanks! She was wormed just before we got her at 9 weeks and CP lady said it didn't need to be done again until she starts going outside which won't be for another few months. Do we need to do it before that?

She just seems v hungry but we've been restricting her to 1.5 pouches although she wolfs it down every mealtime!

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crazyhamsterdisguisedasapanda · 17/07/2013 22:14

Id mix half a pouch with a few biscuits & see if that fills her a bit better .
Is she having milk as that is what fills my kittens up so maybe she is missing that .
No need to worm her again then Smile

Fluffycloudland77 · 17/07/2013 22:20

I feed kittens on demand, if she's still hungry why not? You wouldn't tell a hungry baby 2oz of milk and that's your lot.

I avoid felix now, he seems extra hungry on felix.

I think crazy's right when she says the mothers milk is topping them up.

cozietoesie · 17/07/2013 22:21

My cats always sleep with me - but their behaviour in this weather isn't necessarily a guide to how they'll always behave. Sometimes, 4/5 am is the coolest part of the day and they try to take advantage of that to be active - the rest of the day, it's too hot and sticky.

itsnothingoriginal · 17/07/2013 22:47

Yes that's true cozie - she's only just decided to go crazy now it's cooler so is running around the living room in circles Grin

That's interesting about Felix not filling them up as haven't read great things about it. Anyone recommend anything better? Is all new to me Smile

She's not having milk but maybe I should get some kitten milk and try her with it.

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Fluffycloudland77 · 18/07/2013 07:39

I fed whiskas kitten pouches when he was small, then I put him on pets at homes pouches.

I didnt read the packet properly for his kitten kibble so he couldn't eat them. You were meant to add water to the biscuits and I didn't so he'd just look at them in his bowl and give me sad eyes.

kimthomasandaimee · 18/07/2013 13:36

Your kitten is hungry all the time because Felix is such a poor quality food. The meat content in Felix is only about 4% and the rest is bulked out with cereals and grains that NO cat needs. Try switching to a better content meat food and you will see the amount your kitten eats drop dramatically.

Kittens should be able to self-regulate so with mine, it's 'all you can eat' :)

My boy has mainly raw food (I get mine from two companies called 'Honeys' and 'Natural Instinct') at the moment and I also make my own (although you'd have to do some research to make sure you had the meat-bone-organ ratio correct so your kitten was getting the right levels of nutrients).

Some good brands of wet food include 'Lily's Kitchen', which some Supermarkets stock.

Then from the Zooplus website we get:

Animonda Carny
Grau Kitten

Then when they are adults other good brands include:


~ Both of which you can get from the Happy Cat Company.

All of the above contain high meat contents and no rubbish.

My kitten has free run of the house and was waking us up at 5.00am but now he's a little older ... nearly four and a half months, he's letting us sleep later! I make sure to feed him before I go to bed about 11.00pm and that helps.

So ...

Avoid Dry! Dry is the worst food to feed ANY kitten or cat.
Some brands of wet food are good.
RAW is best. Please consider raw feeding :D

cozietoesie · 18/07/2013 13:42

Kittens maybe should be able to self-regulate, kimthomas but they don't always so you need to keep an eye on them. I recall having a long hard struggle with Twoago and his eating (he wouldn't for medical reasons) and was so thrilled when Oneago came along and was a gutsy pig that I gave him what he wanted and he actually became overweight.

He calmed down and self-regulated as a grown cat but they still need to be at least monitored as kits in my view.

itsnothingoriginal · 18/07/2013 17:54

Thanks again. I'll look into lilys kitchen food (our kitten is called Lily so I'll remember the name of it!).

We have vets next week for leukaemia jabs so I can ask for advice. I saw a really fat cat who could barely walk today Sad so I do worry about overfeeding her..

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cozietoesie · 18/07/2013 18:00

I'd always be pretty generous with kittens, itsnothingoriginal. They're basically little eating and growing machines. Just keeping an eye on their weight is all I was suggesting - not necessarily restricting them at all. She should be fine.

Good luck with her.


kimthomasandaimee · 18/07/2013 21:10

Me again :D

I've just noticed you said that she is on Felix Adult Food ..

Unless you go raw, I'd strongly suggest to get a Kitten Wet Food to ensure the nutrient profile is correct for her extra growing needs.

You can get Lily's Kitchen Kitten Variety in SOME supermarkets but you can get it also from Amazon or Zooplus. They have some other good brands on Zooplus too so you coud get a few for variety.

Mine does like Lily's Kitchen though and I like that it is organic meat.

We don't buy kitten milk but sometimes I give my kitten some Goat's Milk and he loves a plain Organic Goat's Milk Yoghurt :)

itsnothingoriginal · 19/07/2013 19:53

Must admit I was surprised when we were told she was fed the adult Felix but maybe that's CP trying to keep costs down for prospective new owners Confused

I've noticed a bit of smelly poo etc so maybe it's not agreeing with her too well?

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