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What & How to Feed Kittens age 4 to 6 Weeks old

hi there and welcome back to get in

school so I get a lot of questions from

people wanting to know what age kittens

can start eating on their own and what

kind of food to feed them kittens who

are with a mama cat who's producing milk

will continue to nurse for as long as

mama will let them I've seen cats well

over a year old nursing off of a very

compliant mother but most moms will

start weaning the kittens at around two

to three months as they get less milk

the kittens will then learn to eat solid

food by watching their mother eat so if

you are caring for kittens who don't

have a mother you'll need to teach them

how to eat on their own healthy kittens

can begin to start eating solid food on

their own as young as four weeks old if

you are caring for motherless kittens

who are younger than that then they will

need to be bottle fed kitten formula and

I'll link to a video where I show you

how to care for bottle baby kittens at

the end of this one around one month you

can start introducing the kittens to

some mushy cat a style canned kitten

food be sure you serve the food in a

very shallow plate bowls with steep

sides might be too big for small kittens

even the cap from a mason jar will work

great you can show a kitten how to eat

by gently guiding their nose into the

food so that they taste it then they

will start to eat on their own once one

kitten learns to eat the others quickly

follow and soon you'll have one big

messy kitten feast happening if you

think your kitten needs extra nutrients

and calories you can also mix in some

kitten formula or nutria gel to the

canned food

after the kittens have mastered eating

the soft canned food you can sprinkle in

a little dry food also I find that

feeding kittens a little dry food can

help prevent diarrhea and the dry kitten

varieties are usually small enough for

the kittens to crunch with their teeth

be sure to monitor the kittens while

they eat since the bigger ones can push

the smaller ones away from the food it's

usually best to put out a few small

plates so that all the kittens are able

to eat at their own pace

I recommend feeding kittens a

high-quality

kitten formula of both dry and canned

foods since these will have the vitamins

and the nutrients that are growing

kitten needs never ever feed anything

with bones or feed them people food or

anything like that this is a big no-no

and it can be dangerous to cats and

kittens to eat these things and always

make sure the kittens have plenty of

fresh water to drink just like us they

like their water very very clean be sure

to check the water bowl every single day

some of the smaller kittens in a litter

may need supplemental syringe feeding

for a while if they're not doing very

well eating on their own I also like to

weigh the kittens daily to make sure

that everyone is gaining weight even a

little bit of weight loss can quickly

become deadly for kittens this small by

the best quality kitten food that you

can afford provide clean bowls and fresh

water daily and monitor your kittens to

ensure they're gaining weight that's the

key to healthy happy kittens

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