|Purred: Mon Oct 25, '10 8:36pm PST |
|I also agree that you should stay on kitten food, as it is generally higher calorie. Ditch the Purina dry. That stuff is like poison in a bag for kitties. Dry food causes chronic dehydration (cats don't have a thirst drive like other animals), and all of those grains are more than likely going to be empty calories for your kitty. You want calories to come from fats and proteins, not from carbohydrates (check the ingredients list).
Switch to a high calorie canned kitten food, preferably a high quality and grain free one (higher protein content), but any canned food is better than any dry food. Take a look at the website mentioned above. Lots of valuable info on there!
ETA: Don't worry about "packing on the pounds". As long as your cat is otherwise healthy, feeding a high quality diet will do it's job over time. You don't want the cat to gain weight too quickly, and feeding too much/too many calories at one time will not be of any benefit because your kitty is just going to poop out the excess because there is a limit to how much they can absorb at one time. Maddox was eaten up with intestinal parasites when I got him and was horribly thin. I just fed him Wellness Grain Free, EVO, and NV Instinct can foods (supplemented with raw and a teeny bit of grain free dry food [Blue Buffalo Wilderness] every now and then) at the level recommended for kittens and he was healthy as could be after a couple of months. He is now lean and muscular rather than being fat and pudgy, but is no longer scrawny and bony.
Edited by author Mon Oct 25, '10 8:39pm PST
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