|Purred: Wed Feb 13, '13 7:32am PST |
|I believe that your kittens would be fine having to wait the 10 hours between breakfast and a second meal. When Shade and Smudge were kittens they went about 10 hours between meals while we were at work. What we did was to feed them breakfast at around 5:30 am and then I would feed them again when I got home at 3:00 pm and again before bed. I they seemed hungry between their 2 dinners, then they got a third dinner, sometimes a fourth one too. They both have grown into large, healthy cats, so this did not hurt them in the slightest and they learned when meal times were.
At 4 - 5 months of age, a kitten does not need to have constant access to food. If they were "wild" cats, they would not be being feed constantly at that age. Also, if a kitten has food available constantly until they are a year old, they are going expect to always have food available forever and you're going to be stuck having to break them of that habit once they've become totally accustumed to it, especially if you desire to feeed qualtiy canned or raw food. Remember, free feeding can lead to obesity in adult cats.
I would also say to stop feeding the dry food altogether; it's dehydrating and much of the protein it provides is plant based rather than animal based and is therefor not ideal.
Good luck with your kittens!
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