Tips on Kitten Weight Gain?
Topic: Tips on Kitten Weight Gain?
June 19, 2019 / By Charmian Question:
Yesterday I adopted a kitten from the local animal shelter. (Yes she has been spayed, is up-to-date on shots, and is Feline Leukemia negative.) She seems to be perfectly healthy, but I think she is considerably underweight. She's around 3 to 4 months of age, and weighs about 2 pounds. I can easily feel most of her bones (although her long hair covers them). I've put her on BLUE Spa Select Kitten food (dry food), and am free-feeding her, letting her have as much as she'll eat. I'm sure she'll gain weight given time, but my question is, does anybody have any tips that might help her gain weight quickly and safely?
Thanks in advance for your replies!
Best Answers: Tips on Kitten Weight Gain?
Arista | 9 days ago
If she's free fed, that's great. She will gain weight eventually. You can definitely offer her some wet food up up three time a day, just follow the brand's recommended feeding guide for a kitten her size.
You don't want her to put on a lot of weight fast, she'll do it at her own pace. She might always be a small cat. As long as she's healthy and has adequate access to food and water, she'll be fine. You don't need to supplement her diet with any vitamins or minerals as that usually just builds up toxins in their systems and where she is SOOO tiny I'd say it's a bad idea.
Just make sure she is eating, even if she grazes, it's fine. She'll get the hang of it. And make sure to bring her in for her regular vet check up so they can judge her progress as well. *This is SUPER important. (I hope that even though you adopted her from the shelter you took her to your own vet to make sure she is OK.)
Good luck with your new baby.
Oh, and just so you know, using the body score on a kitten isn't really accurate. On adult cats, you want to be able to feel their ribs with a slight pressure but you can't use that same method with babies.
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Originally Answered: Help! New kitten problem! I just got a kitten. She is 4/5 months old. How long will it take her to adjust?
Right now, she's scared to death. She's away from her "family", in a strange place with new people, new odors, new sounds, etc. It may take a few days of being PATIENT, on your part. Just visit with her, and let HER make the FIRST MOVE toward you. The more YOU try to catch, pet, or otherwise "mess" with her, the more afraid she'll be.
Confine her to one room, with all of her "essentials" ( bed, KITTEN food, clean water / NOT plastic bowl, litter box, toys, etc ) for a few days. Go in and sit on the FLOOR and read, watch TV, play, etc.......but IGNORE her.......don't try to catch her. Take some "treats" with you and see if she's interested in seeing what you have.
PATIENCE it the "key", here. Given time and space, she should come around in a few days. Just don't "push" her. Let her come to you IN HER OWN TIME........she needs to learn to TRUST YOU.......
Hope this helps, and she becomes the loving cat you hoped for.
Well first you have her on a great food. Blue is wonderful!!! If you want her to gain weight give her some canned food once a day as well as the dry food you have out for her. About 1/4 of a larger can or 1/2 of a mini can once a day will help her gain some weight and she will love it.
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My tip is too feed proper food and that means no dry food especially for a kitten no matter how good you think the quality is
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrediant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms
The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in
Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. The best food for cats does not contain any grains at all.
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php
Please read about cat nutrition.
Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/Vets.htm
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Has she been checked out for worms too? Blue Spa is a pretty good food to be feeding, so good for you. However, I'd recommend switching to wet as it's healthier. The reason is, in the wild, cats normally get most of their water content directly from their prey items and drink very little. Domestic cats are no different, and because of the fact that they are designed to take in water with their meal, they have a very low thirst drive. Cats often just don't drink enough. This leads to urinary tract infections and crystals. The bit about dry food being better for teeth is a myth and has not been proven in the least. Canned/wet food is better because it more closely mimics the cat's natural diet. More on why canned food is best:
http://www.catinfo.org/ (Excellent cat nutrition information by a vet)
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I got my kitten when she was 3 months and she only weighted 1.8 pounds! So I think what you're doing right now is fine. All I did for my kitten is let her eat whenever she wants and now shes 7 months and weighs 7 pounds! Good luck!
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There are different diets that can be tried, I would call your veterinarian and talk to him/her. They would be able to tell you the best diet and how much you should be feeding and help you with safe and steady weight gain. You don't want to go too far with it, but 2 lbs is low.
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Originally Answered: Any tips on how to gain some weight?
Don't eat plain butter, that's not good for your heart.
It's okay to put some on your food but don't eat it plain.
Eat a well balanced diet and make sure you are getting enough protein and getting enough calories. You want to put on muscle not just fat.
If you are having a hard time putting on weight you should talk about it with your doctor, you may have a health condition or something.