Nothing is more adorable, sweeter or cuter than a kitten. A kitten has different nutritional needs than adult cats, so it is important to know when to switch from kitten food to adult cat food. Sure you want that little guy growing up to be big, strong and healthy. Just like human babies, for a kitten to develop and grow properly, they need different kinds of foods at different stages of their lives. The best way is to know the age of your kitten, that's when you get to decide about changing it's food.
Kittens can begin eating solid food at around four weeks old. Begin by feeding your kitten soft or wet canned food. As they grow used to eating solid food and their teeth continue to develop, begin to mix in dry food softened with a bit of water. Gradually increase the amount of dry food over several days, paying attention to the feeding instructions on the back of the bag
When your cat is about 12 months of age, it's time to change her diet to a premium maintenance formula. When you transition your cat to an adult diet, it's important to monitor her weight and body condition and adjust portions if necessary.
To avoid intestinal upsets, make the change from a kitten formula to an adult diet over a period of four days with the following method:
Day 1: Fill your cat's dish with 75% kitten food and 25% adult food.
Day 2: Mix adult and kitten food in a 50/50 ratio.
Day 3: Feed your cat a mixture that's 75% adult food and 25% kitten food.
Day 4: Switch to 100% adult formula.
Kittens should switch to adult food around their first birthday, but don’t rush the process. Start by adding about 20 percent adult kibble to the kitten food at around nine months. Gradually change the ratio of kitten food to adult food from 4:1, to 3:2, to 2:3, to 1:4, to all adult food over a period of two to three months. Feeding kitten food beyond the first year can lead to obesity, so keep tabs on your cat’s weight.