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Weaning kittens

kayla
March 26th, 2005, 10:22 AM
Yesterday I started giving the kittens, who will be four weeks Monday, some watered down canned kitten food. After sucking some from my fingers they learned to get it from the plate pretty quickly (when momma wasn't blocking their way). My question is, how often/much should I feed them? Also, how soon should I expect them to be fully weaned?

Lucky Rescue
March 26th, 2005, 10:46 AM
They should be fully weaned by 6 weeks, but they will definitely continue to nurse, and will do so until they are adopted or until (or IF) mom calls a halt to it. Some mothers never do.

The last litter I raised, I fed them 3 times a day at 5 or 6 weeks old, because they still had mom too. They can eat amazing amounts of food!

It really depends on the individual kitten as to when they stop nursing.

CyberKitten
March 26th, 2005, 11:05 AM
I was going to respond by Lucky's advice is excellent as usual! :)

kayla
March 26th, 2005, 01:49 PM
Thanks for the replies! Just to clarify, should I be trying to feed them 3 times a day now, or just once a day until they get more used to it? Maybe once a day for the first week, twice a day for the second, then three times a day after that? Or should I feed them 3 times a day right away but just feed them less per meal?

CyberKitten
March 26th, 2005, 03:27 PM
I'd feed them trhree times a day. Even when you bring a new kitten home (sans mom), it's best to feed her/him 3 x and then twice with some free feeding dry food. (( always call the dry food YY's junk food, lol)