What Can 8 Week Old Kittens Eat?

The first eight weeks of a kitten’s life are a whirlwind of developmental changes. As newborns, kittens are defenseless, blind, and fit in the palm of your hand, but by 8 weeks of age, they’re running, playing, and looking like miniature cats. Each week, the kitten will have different needs in terms of feeding, bathroom help, medical support, and warmth. It’s important to know how to identify a kitten’s age in order to identify what care the kitten needs, and whether the kitten is developing normally.

An eight-week-old kitten is about to enter a period in which she will gain weight quickly. Unlike an adult cat that might be fine with just one meal a day, kittens need multiple meals spaced throughout the day. One large meal that contains all of their nutrition for the day would be too difficult to digest properly. Kittens need those calories all day long! (One benefit of working from home: it makes it easier to take care of a kitten’s extra meal times!)8 week old kittens love and need to eat many times in a day. They have a tiny stomach but a big appetite!

At eight weeks old, a kitten can be fed four times a day, with approximately a half a cup served at each meal. This can vary based on your kitten’s breed and body condition and your veterinarian’s recommendation. What kind of food? Kittens may be fed dry kibble kitten food or wet canned food. The choice is really up to you, based on your veterinarian’s advice. Some kittens may have difficulty chewing dry food properly. If canned food is used, it shouldn’t be left out for extended periods of time without refrigeration. Dry kibble food can stay out longer throughout the day. When a kitten is much older, some owners decide to feed their pet “free choice” kibble, where the food is left available for much of the day. Other owners choose to feed wet canned food in single meals.

Development

By the end of the 8th week, kittens should weigh 2 pounds each and are now miniature cats.

Average weight: 1.9-2.1 pounds (850-950 grams)

At 8 Weeks Is A Kitten Weaned?

Weaning or stopping breastfeeding or replacement milk is normally done when the kitten is around 6 weeks old. The kitten then switches from a 100% milk diet to a more solid diet (mash, mousses, croquettes). If the kitten stays with its mother, weaning can be done gradually over several weeks. But if it is separated from its mother, the kitten quickly switches to a 100% solid diet. Therefore, at 8 weeks

If your kitten is still drinking milk at 8 weeks, it should be replaced gradually its milk with kibbles and in this way wean your 8 week old kitten.  An 8 week old kitten is usually ready for gradual weaning. If your 8 week old kitten had difficulty chewing dry kibble, you should moisten them with a little hot water to be able to soften them slightly

What Diet For An 8 Week Old Kitten?

An 8 week old kitten is in full growth and therefore has fairly high needs in energy, calcium, proteins, vitamins. Thus, it is recommended to start feeding his kitten with solid food.

The BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet consists of feeding a cat with food mainly consisting of raw meat and accompanied by rice, pasta and starches or vegetables. Cats being carnivorous animals, meat, according to feline professionals, would be the most suitable diet for their body, their physique but also their behavioral balance.

The BARF program recommends a daily ration of 40 to 50 grams per kilogram of the cat’s weight depending on its activity level. For example, for a young cat weighing 4 kg, the daily ration turns out to be 200 grams while the daily amount for an older, more cushy cat is only going to be 250 g. Meals can be divided into three times during the day.

More for 8 week old kittens, I advise you to prefer a diet with croquettes because this type of diet turns out to be rather complex to adapt to the needs of an 8 week old kitten. Indeed, the nutritional balance is difficult to calculate in the menus that you are going to make. Furthermore food at BARF is quite expensive and takes a long time to prepare.

Household Food For 8 Week Old Kittens

The principle of homemade food consists of concocting meals for your kitten made up of products or leftovers from your own diet (fish, vegetables, meat, etc.). However, there are proportions to respect and products not to give.

If you choose a kibble diet, you can feed your 8 week olld kitten at will. You will have to prepare for your kitten the daily amount recommended on the kibble packaging according to its weight and age and pour it into a kibble dispenser for the entire day. Do not forget to also leave him fresh water available for the whole day.

Perhaps even more than feeding at BARF, household feeding is complicated to organize and balance the needs of an 8 week old kitten. Indeed, if you opt for this type of food, it will be necessary to know how to give the menus with the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins, minerals and especially the right amount daily. This is why you will have to weigh each ingredient and cook them in an optimized way to preserve all the nutritional qualities.

Finally, note that if you have accustomed your 8 week old kitten to eat exclusively household food, on the day when you will not be able to feed it in this way, if you give it kibble, it will not tolerate them, if you had to have him babysat during the holidays or leave him in boarding for several days.

For all these reasons, a kibble diet is best for your 8 week old kitten as this is what veterinarians advise!

Best Diet For 8 Week Old Kittens

Because, generally, we do not have a lot of available time or desire to cook complete meals (meat, vegetables, cereals, etc.) for your 8 week old kitten every day, the kibbles are perfect because there is no Just measure the portion and pour into the kibble dispenser and that’s it for the day (or more)!

Feeding your 8 week old kitten with kibble allows you to respect the perfect nutritional balance but also the amount appropriate to her needs.

In addition, this type of food is the best guarantee for your kitten of the sanitary quality (no germs or bacteria).

Finally, the croquettes are convenient because they are easy to store and keep very well. In addition, it is undoubtedly the most economical food of all.

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