Thursday, February 12, 2015

Weaning Kittens to Solid Food

Over the years I have rescued my fair share of domesticated and feral kittens and there is always one kitten that is smaller than their littermates and is not ready to move forward when it comes to being weaned to solid kitten food.

Today marks the day that the kittens in my care should all start to be weaned but the kitten I call Larry in not ready to move forward with a diet change. Larry is a black and white kitten with traditional tuxedo markings and when we rescued him he was very small, no doubt the runt of the litter.
Here is a photo of Larry when I added some kitten kibble to the KMR kitten formula. From the expression you know exactly what this kitten is thinking; “You call this food?” “Rescue person what are you trying to do to me?” 

All of the other kittens had no problem with accepting the solid food that was softened with the kitten formula, however Larry refused to taste the food.  He played with the food buy using his paw to knock the food out of his bowl.  Since he was determined to not be weaned we did make up a bowl of KMR kitten formula for him.  

Going forward I plan to add a few pieces of the dry kibble to the formula and slowly wean Larry onto the solid Blue  Healthy Growth kitten food. Know that all of the kittens are getting a bowl of the replacement milk and they will continue to get this milk until they are 3 pounds or 3 months old.  We are doing this to provide them with a strong immune system.

Author Notes:  Blue buffalo makes the Healthy Growth kitten food and on the package it states that you can feed three week old kittens the food.  Know that when we took the kittens in for their veternarian checkup at three months old the Veterinarian asked us what we fed them, he said it was excellent food and that their coat and health was due to this high quality kitten food.  I searched for bluebuffalo.com online for this product, read about it and liked what I read so I bought the Blue  kitten food at PetSmart.com.  


If you have rescued kittens then I recommend that you feed them this food, because they will be very healthy, shiny coat and adopters will want a healthy and pretty kitten.

Learn more about Blue kitten food by viewing this YouTube.com video.
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