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Default Unanswered: can adult cats eat kitten food?

My problems is my kitten keeps going over to jonesys bowl and eating adult food, she has her own kitten food but i keep catching him nibbling at the adult food, i have tried feeding them in different rooms, but as the litter tray is in there i have to leave the door open, so they can both access each others food.

so what im thinking is, if i just feed the two of them kitten food, would that be okay for jonesy?, i have to keep feeding mikey his regular kitten food or he will get an upset stomach, so thought if its okay for jonesy then thats all i can think of to solve this problem...
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Hi Jan
Kitten food is actually a fairly recent addition to the feline food market, when I first had Ben and Tippy as kittens back in 1987 they only had cat food and biscuits per se.

They were always healthy, so I'm not sure what value kitten food adds, maybe just additional protein? I can see the value in kitten biscuits, small for little teeth. Personally I wouldn't see a problem in feeding them both the same wet food, be it adult or kitten - but if anyone else thinks differently then please say so
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thanks heidi, i know what you mean, before jonesy came along i had always fed my kittens normal cat food, after i left home and got my own cats (early eighties) there wasnt any specialised food, ive been feeding them both on kitten food, but im wary that jonesy might get overweight on it, so not sure, i read that you can mix adult food and kitten food together as a compromise.

when i got mikey they had been feeding him felix kitten food, so i wanted to stick to that incase he got a dodgy tummy, but when i bought more i got the "felix looks as good as it tastes" and now they are sticking their noses up at the ordinary felix, what a pair, he he
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I would just switch them both over to adult canned food. That's what I did with Queen Eva and she is doing great. She eats Wellness brand grain free, three different flavors: chicken, turkey, and beef and chicken, plus she also has some wellness canned kitten now and then. She also enjoys Tolly's Blue brand flaked chicken and his Petite Cuisine brand sesame chicken.

I supplement with kibble as snacks only.

I schedule feed, and since Queen Eva needs to eat more food more often than the adult cats she gets several extra meals a day. the other cats have already learned this routine and barely open an eye when Queen Eva gets her extra meals.
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thats good to know, it would be a lot easier to put them both on adult as i have to go to the supermarket for kitten food, but you can get adult food locally, thanks guys.
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when i got mikey they had been feeding him felix kitten food, so i wanted to stick to that incase he got a dodgy tummy, but when i bought more i got the "felix looks as good as it tastes" and now they are sticking their noses up at the ordinary felix, what a pair, he he
Ripley will not eat anything but Felix As Good As It Looks either. When it first came out it was on offer everywhere (cheaper than supermarket own brand) by the time the price went up Ripley was hooked. I swear they put something addictive in it!
By the way I don't think it will do Jonesy any harm to eat kitten food (providing it doesn't turn her into a porker!). Ripley was given kitten food but when we got Newt they were eating each others food so I ended up just feeding them the same adult wet and kitten dry.
It's funny you asked this question. Ripley will be 7 next year and some of the 'senior' food starts at that age and I was thinking the same thing as you but in reverse (if that makes sense!)
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Hi from Nancy and Maui Boy on the Island of Maui!!

Maui Boy's now 16 mo. old. I think he's considered an adult. He's a tiny little guy, only 8.5 lbs, and he has tiny little teeth. I tried him on adult cat food and he had a very hard time chewing it and ended up either dumping most of it on the floor or swallowing it whole. So I went back to kitty food (alternating between two major brands), which he loves and has no problem eating.

I did go on line and asked a contributing vet. if it was OK for Maui to be continued on kitty food instead of grown up kitty food. She said that the only real difference was in the size of the food and the kitty food has more protein in it than adult food. She said to make sure Maui drank lots of water, which he does, and for me to monitor his bathroom habits to see if any problems occur. He's problem free, has sparkly eyes, a very shiny coat, is full of energy and is very lovable. We've had no problems at all with his chowing down on the kitty food that he loves.
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P.S. Could you put a little box in each room if you want to keep them on separate food?
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hi nancy, thanks for your post, what im doing is feeding them half kitten and half adult, the vet told me to try and give the little one kitten meat for a year but its so difficult to keep them from eating each others food!
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1/2 & 1/2 seems like a reasonable compromise. It must be dry food we're talking about. The kitty chow (dry food) comes in 7 lb. bags, so wouldn't have to go to the super mkt. too often. Did you ask your vet if OK to put both cats on kitty chow until the little one become an adult .. and then transfer them both to regular chow? How old is the kitten?
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