One of the most important decisions you will make for your kitten is to decide on how to meet its nutritional needs. This is not always a simple choice since there are so many options available for a discerning pet parent today.
In this article we are not only going to cover how much wet food to feed a kitten per day, but we will also discuss the differences in food quality and what you should look for when choosing a brand. If you are having a difficult time choosing the right option for your kitten, see our article on the best canned kitten food.
Protein for Taurine
There are some key ingredients your kitten will need. The most important nutrient cats need are good-quality proteins. This can be sourced from meat, poultry or fish.
Protein is essential in the development of muscles, tissues and the brain function of your feline. In addition, taurine is vital to the health and well being of the feline species. This amino acid cannot be manufactured in the animal’s body, so it must be utilized from its dietary intake. Where is taurine best utilized from? You guessed it. From meat, fish and poultry.
A lack of this important amino acid could lead to a taurine deficiency in your cat which will affect its heart, eyes and brain.
How to Shop for a Wet Cat Food
When choosing any cat food, whether it be wet, dry or semi-moist, the first ingredient should be a good quality protein sourced from a real meat, not a meat by-product. Also avoid foods that contain a lot of grain or fillers as these are cheap substitutes that companies use to bulk up the food, rather than use good nutritional ingredients.
Our favorite for kittens based on years of experience is the Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Grain Free Wet Cat Food (see on Amazon.com).
It’s recommended to feed the best food your budget will allow. Quality wet cat food will not only keep your cat fuller for longer (cutting down on the portion sizes) but will aid in its digestion, give it a healthier coat and help prevent many diseases. In addition, be sure to choose a cat food that is specifically made for kittens. Kitten food is higher in protein, providing your fur baby with the added nutrients and energy it needs to grow and be active.
How Much to Feed a Kitten Per Day
There’s no one answer to the question. This all depends on the age, size, individual cat and if it is it’s only dietary option.
Generally, growing kittens should be on a schedule. This allows you to control his dietary intake (which becomes more important later on in life) to avoid becoming overweight.
Your kitten should eat three times-per-day; morning, afternoon and evening. Read the package to determine what it recommends per-pound, per-day then divide that portion up into three equal meals.
The label is a good starting point when determining how much wet food to feed a kitten per day, but your individual cat will tell you if it’s too much or too little. For example, if he is gobbling up his food and always seems hungry with little to no weight gain, you may want to increase the amount and conversely offer less if he’s beginning to gain too much weight. Also see the the weight of the kitten is at the right level and take into account whether your kitten is too lean or perhaps even too chubby (which is very rare for kittens). If she needs a bit more weight see our tips on how to fatten up a cat.
A Final Note
Cats that eat a consistent diet of wet food should be given daily crunchy treats to help reduce the amount of tartar build up on their teeth. Some pet parents also opt to mix a wet food into the dry kibble for both moisture and an extra kick or protein.