baby food for furry babies?

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baby food for furry babies?

Post by carbo.. » Thu, 11 Jul 1996 04:00:00



We recently adopted two little ones, the lady who gave them to us
weaned them using diluted baby food.  She had continued giving them
baby food and also canned food along with dry food.  When we took them
she gave us some jars of baby food that she had left and they do like
it, tho they will also eat cat food.  Is it ok to feed them baby food?
How long should I continue?  Questions...questions.....

                            jayne

 
 
 

baby food for furry babies?

Post by Fletcher.Gl.. » Thu, 11 Jul 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>We recently adopted two little ones, the lady who gave them to us
>weaned them using diluted baby food.  She had continued giving them
>baby food and also canned food along with dry food.  When we took them
>she gave us some jars of baby food that she had left and they do like
>it, tho they will also eat cat food.  Is it ok to feed them baby food?
>How long should I continue?  Questions...questions.....

>                            jayne

Switch them as soon as possible to an all cat food diet.  You cannot make an
abrupt switch - it will give them diarrhea.  Make the change over three or
four days, using less baby food and more cat food at each of the three
meals that they should be eating each day.  Baby food lacks certain nutrients
that cats *must* have.  Also cat food is richer in protein than baby food, and
kitten food has a higher fat content than *** cat food.  All of that
kitten energy has to come from somewhere.

Leave dry kitten food available at all times for nibbling.  You can mix
water softened dry food with canned food at mealtimes.


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Tabby-tha: "MC" (B+G)t+W H+Y 2 X C+ I+++ T+/--- A+ E+ S+ V++ Q+ B- PA+ PL++

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baby food for furry babies?

Post by Lori Crittende » Thu, 11 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Baby food is expensive and as they get bigger they will eat more and more.
 I reserve baby food for special special treats or sick kitties.  I have
found that kittens really like canned milk (the evaporated PET milk is
good and much easier on their stomachs than regular milk from the fridge).
 Usually they slowly stopped wanting it at about 6 months.

Remember, you are setting some food habits NOW for the rest of their
lives.  A good dry food with some canned cat food for a supplement or a
treat is best.  If they get used to canned food for their principal meal,
they won't eat enough of the dry and they will bug you for the canned all
the time.  Also, cats often toss up the canned food -- probably from
eating way too fast.

A couple more hints about feeding your cats:  if they don't overeat, it's
great if you can have the dry food out all the time.  Give them the canned
food maybe two or three times a WEEK (not a day!) at varied times.  That
way they won't expect it the minute you walk in the door from work or
first thing in the morning (thus trying desperately to wake you at
5:30am).  My roommate gives the cats canned food all the time so they bug
her and leave me alone.

Lori

 
 
 

baby food for furry babies?

Post by Kelly Ada » Fri, 12 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>We recently adopted two little ones, the lady who gave them to us
>weaned them using diluted baby food.  She had continued giving them
>baby food and also canned food along with dry food.  When we took them
>she gave us some jars of baby food that she had left and they do like
>it, tho they will also eat cat food.  Is it ok to feed them baby food?
>How long should I continue?  Questions...questions.....

My wife and I have used baby food (pablum) for sick cats on several
occasions.  When they won't eat anything else, its a good emergency
food.  I'm no expert, but our vet recommended it for such
circumstances.  However, I would "wean" your kittens off of it pretty
quickly (over a week or so) if I were you.

However, we also follow a standard "procedure" of introducing young
cats/kittens to as many different foods as possible once they are on
their regular diet.  We'll let them try beans, peas, cheese, egg,
melon, whatever: all in tiny amounts, but given none-the-less.  I've
noted that this leads to having more "acceptable" alternatives for
those times when the cat goes off their regular food for whatever
reason.  It also introduces some dinner time comedy: have you ever
seen a cat trying to eat a seedless grape ?  :-)