Print Kitten Weaning: Has Your Cat Outgrown Kitten Food?

When you adopted your kitten, you couldn't dream of feeding her anything but food designed for her growing body. Now that she's nearly grown, it's time to start thinking about a premium formula specially made for adult cats.

Though she still plays like a kitten, your adolescent cat is quickly maturing into an adult. And contrary to what some would have you believe, one food (whether it's kitten food or adult food) doesn't fit all cats. The nutritional needs of kittens and cats are vastly different, and it's critical to give your pet premium nutrition that's age-appropriate.

Does Premium Cat Food Matter?

Why move your nearly grown kitten to a premium adult cat food? Because quality counts. It's crucial to continue the superb nutrition she's been getting from a premium kitten food into adulthood. Downgrading to a basic nutrition brand at this stage of her life may upset her digestive system and certainly won't provide her with the same level of nutritional excellence she was raised on.

Think of a baby. When it's time to start giving him solid food, you wouldn't dream of feeding your child anything less than the best nutrition you can buy. The same is true for your maturing kitten. She needs the best age-appropriate food there is to help maintain her overall health. Premium foods such as Eukanuba® are specifically designed to provide your cat with a formula that features:

  • High-quality ingredients
  • Balanced, optimal levels of protein, fat, moderately fermentable fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which make costly supplements unnecessary
  • Great palatability–taste–based on feeding trials
  • Strict adherence to the Association of American Feed Control Officials standards
  • Nutrient-dense formulas that are appropriate for all life stages
  • Product guarantees.

See the Results of Excellent Nutrition Fueling Your Cat

What do all of these features add up to? A happy, healthy cat. With premium cat food, you'll notice these important indicators of good health that contribute to providing your cat with a long, healthy life:

  • Exceptional muscle tone
  • A shiny, luxurious coat
  • Healthy skin and bones
  • Clear, bright eyes and clean teeth
  • Small, firm stools

Founded upon decades of nutrition research, premium formulas from Eukanuba® help maintain your cat's health and provide her with the nutrition she needs for a long life. Grocery store or generic brands simply may not match the level of expertise that goes into every bag of cat food from Eukanuba.

When Should You Switch to Eukanuba Adult Cat Food?

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 her feeding portions if necessary. Because cats generally will eat only what they need, free-choice feeding is adequate for most cats. (Free choice means making food available to your cat around the clock.) Indoor cats who don't get much exercise, however, may overeat if fed free choice. For them, portion-controlled feeding twice a day is a better routine.

To determine how much food to give your cat, check the recommendations established by the pet food manufacturer, and read the label. Use the guidelines, and weigh your cat on a weekly basis. If your cat is gaining or losing weight and shouldn't be, slightly decrease or increase her daily intake, and weigh her again the following week.

How Do You Switch Cat Foods?

To avoid intestinal upsets, make the change from a kitten formula to an adult diet over a period of four days by using the following method:

  • Day One: Fill your cat's dish with 75 percent kitten food and 25 percent adult food.
  • Day Two: Mix adult and kitten food in a 50/50 ratio.
  • Day Three: Feed your cat a mixture that's 75 percent adult food and 25 percent kitten food.
  • Day Four: Switch to 100 percent adult formula.
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