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Kitten to cat food transition

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  1. GMPLAX23

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    Hi guys!

    Tut turned 1 recently so I have gotten him new dry food. I want to keep him at a healthy weight. I feed him 3oz wet food by Natures Balance (pouches) in the morning and leave 1/4 cup dry Blue Basics simple ingredient indoor cat food (duck and potato/open fed) and then another 3oz pouch. all together that is 75kcal + 95kcal + 75kcal = 245kcal

    my problem is he is coming off of kitten food which i know is more calorie rich.
    Natures balance kitten wet food - 118kcal
    royal canin kitten - 184kcal / half cup (open fed)
    natures balance pouch- 75kcal = 377kcal
    *he never ate all his dry food daily*

    Tut is acting so hungry! Its pulling at my heart strings. haha
    Any I doing this right Lair Family? any suggestions or comment?
     

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    If you're free feeding he should be fine. You could always at 1/4 of a cup


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      Most people free feed kibbles and give wet food once or twice a day. The free kibbles are cause sphynx need to eat more to keep up their temperature. If you see Tut is getting too chunky you could give him kibbles several times a day.
      My Toa is too chunky so I'm afraid I'm not the best person to tell how much that should be! Hope others chime in.
       
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        @GMPLAX23 It is always a balancing act when transitioning a food and especially going from kitten to adult food. We are a multi cat home, so we chose grain free all stage wet food to,try to make it easier. Our boy is 10 months old and when he hits 1 year we will scale back a bit and like the others I am sure he will beg lol. Since we know kittens need more food, we have been free feeding more and both girls (adults) of course put on a bit of weight which we expected. So when we cut back, we will have 3 of them screaming at us like we are starving them, until a new routine is established. Here is a great chart to help you determine an ideal weight. https://sphynxlair.com/community/styles//images/Cat weight chart.png

        One thing I do find is they sleep most of the day, so free feeding more when you are home helps not only nourish them, but keeps them quiet. We started cutting back a scoop of dry in the morning and are adding to a bit more at night to tame the wild beasts. You will find the right formula. It is all about measuring and shifting and be consistent.

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        I also recommend asking your vet for a weight in pounds that they suggest so it gives you a goal. Our one girl,is very petite, our other is as big as a male and our kitten is solid with a potbelly that will slim down in due time. As much as it hurts your heart, keeping them at a healthy weight decreases the chances of many healthy issues.
         
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        • GMPLAX23

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          @Catzzzmeow thank you for the suggestions. I will be sure to keep them in mind. A vet visit is a few months away but I will be sure to keep an eye on weight gain!
           
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