RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Mon Dec 27, '10 11:20am PST |
|Well, thats kinda a tough one, mol, I really think, it depends on the kitten. I always free fed kittens, foals are fed this way too, Bump was free fed. But, he ate like a truck driver, and by about 1 yr old, ballpark, judges are telling me he is getting too fat, my vet said he needs to lose a few lbs, and, to sched feed them, all of them. She was pretty insistant about that, and it turned out, she was right. And they all got fed in their carriers. Actually, that turned out to save Smokey's life, I might not have noticed, she was not eating, if they were all free fed in one bowl.
Sched feeding them, and feeding them seperate, is a good way, to see, if they are not eating, and a good way to make sure, they are only eating, what they are supposed to be eating, and not someone elses.
So along come the kittens. They were sched fed, they look great, nobody is overweight, and that, if ya ever been thu it, is not, something I wish on anyone. So if the kitten is big built and tends to hoover their food, I highly recommend, you discuss with the vet, how much they should get, and its a constant adjustment, you have to increase, as they grow.
My advice is to never get to the point, of having an over weight cat, some on here, can tell you horror stories.
I am so very glad, I sched fed the kittens from the start, thats all they know, they are used to it, where as Bump thinks he is being starved. Wish I had sched fed him from the start too.
Kittens do need to be on a quality grain free kitten food, and actually 1/2 can, 3oz, 3 times a day, is really enough, it should also be mixed with warm water, so its real soupy, this keeps little boy kitties flushed out, which is imperative.
I been thru this, and I'm tellin ya, free feeding, then having to cut back and sched, because the kitty is overweight, is a heck of a lot harder, than just sched feeding from the start, so kitty does not get overweight, and adjusting up or down, as the kitten grows, or weight dictates.
Rory is a beautiful red kitten!! And tell Miss Boo Boo, that Bump said, no pickin on kittens, mol, mol, mol.
And....... he is a watchin her, mol, mol, mol.