|Purred: Tue Apr 10, '12 5:54am PST |
|Okay, first of all, I would put your cats on a schedule. That way they know its time to eat, and will have their own schedule when they nap, and maybe even when they use the litterbox.
Most people would say to feed the kittens as much as they would like. When Hunter was little, I didn't. I was paranoid of him being obese as well. I fed Hunter 3-4 times a day when he was a kitten. Morning, afternoon, dinner, and before bed. As he got older now its just twice a day. Basically Hunter gets fed and dawn and dusk, or 6:00am and 8:00pm. This works around my work schedule and its been going great for 2 years now.
As for the food. My vet told me, in the wild, there is no mouse labeled "for Kittens" So, I fed Hunter kitten food for maybe two weeks and that was it. You're doing a good thing by reading ibdkitties.net. Thats where I got the list of food I feed Hunter. He eats: Fancy Feast (Classics only) Addiction, Natures Variety, Merrick Before Grain, sometimes Weruva, and for a crunch he eats Orijen Kibble. I know a lot of catsters would be like "Kibble? NO! DON"T DO IT!" But it works for Hunter. In the morning he gets a 3oz can of Fancy feast. During the day 1/8 cup of kibble and then before bed he gets 1/2 of a 5.5oz can of addiction, natures variety, BG, whatever is up for that day. He gets a rotation of different foods, and different flavors.
I always add extra water to his wet foods. He has never had a UTI, Crystals etc (Knock on wood) If you have male cats, make sure to keep them flushed out. Males have a tendency to get urinary issues more so than females. Water water water!!
That all I can think of right now, I'm sure other members will chime in. Good Luck with your kitties and I suggest you read Catinfo.org. Fabulous website written by a vet!!
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