I have the best kitten! He brings so much joy. I only have a few questions regarding his sleep pattern and eating.
Charlie is about 8 months (no on is really sure when he was born exactly) and when I first got him at two months(he is my first cat) I read in many books how wet food diets are best. So I fed him only wet food. He loves it! Our vet convinced my husband that dry food was okay. So now we feed him wet and dry. I would not give up on wet food. I also read that free feeding was not a great idea so I put him on a four feeding schedule. He gets a quarter cup dry EARLY in the AM and half a 3oz can of wet about two hours later when I leave for work. He gets his second quarter cup dry at around 4pm and his second helping of wet at 11pm when we go to bed. So over all in the day he gets 1/2 cup dry and a 3oz can of wet.
My question is how and when do we make the move to eating twice a day. Most of what I have read suggest two feedings for older cats. Should I then start feeding dry in the morning and wet at night? How do I go about doing this? At what age? I have a feeling Charlie will be very unhappy as he is very vocal about his feeding times.
That brings up the second part. Is there a way to get Charlie to be less vocal in the morning around feeding time. He generally wakes up between 4:30 and 5 am for the first feeding and act like he is starving and ready for the second feeing by 7am. Is this just a habit we have created? Can it be changed?
Sorry so long but I just want to make sure that I raise a happy healthy kitty. So far he has been such a joy I fear changing his routine will make him unhappy. THanks!
Free feeding is actually fine for kittens. They are so busy growing and developing that they really don't have a chance to get fat. I have 5 Persians and Himalayans and I free feed everybody. My adults are not fat and my youngsters are developing nicely. As long as you use a good quality dry food with limited grains and fillers (Blue Buffalo, Innova EVO, Wellness, Natural Balance, etc) there is nothing wrong with a dry food diet. If your cat doesn't drink much water, then wet food may be necessary to get water into him. But they don't necessarily need to eat wet food. I also use a kitty water fountain to encourage plenty of water drinking. I don't really know what to say about the sleep habints. Yes, you created the habit. And as long as he is waking up hungry and sees you as the source of food, he will wake you up to get some. Maybe if you tried the wet in the morning and the dry at night so he may still have some kibble left to snack on when he wakes up. But it just sounds like he is not getting enough to eat. I would consider giving him more dry food until he is an adult. And the high quality foods should fill him up better on less food.
"A kitten is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world"- Lady Morgan
i found that trying to use someone else routine just made me feel inadequate, cos my wee topsy did not fit the routine! tried Gina Ford, and was at suicide point after 2 weeks. just do what feels natural, and if not look on the web, cos there is loads of baby books, penelope leach is a genius, and very supportive. don't get stressed, do what you need to, not what someone tells you to good luck mrs humpty . http://healthreviewtoday.com/slim-vida-advanced-review.html