My kittens just turned 4 weeks old. I noticed recently they would sneak to their mother's dry food, which is a “mother and baby-cat food”, and eat it.

Is it okay to let them feed on it? Because I can see they are capable of chewing it.

And I should mention, because their mother got sick just a couple of days ago, I used to smash and grind her dry food and mix it with a little of water, so she could eat it easily.


At the age of four weeks old, kittens are usually ready to eat solid, chunky kibbles - by that age their baby teeth should mostly be already there, enabling them to do so (source: pets.thenest.com). In principle, the introduction of solid food should be gradual, so that they could get used to the different texture and hardness at their own rate. However, considering your observation that they seem to be capable of chewing it right away - I wouldn't be that concerned and I'd say it's all right to let them access this type of food.

On the other hand, please don't replace their diet completely and suddenly to solid kibbles. What I mean with the first paragraph is that it's all right if they go for them if they fancy, but they absolutely need to continue being fed a soft, wet, easily chewable kitten food as a base of their diet.

Also, please consider that the optimal nutritional profile of adults cats and kittens are different - for example, kitten food tends to be higher in fat, protein and general caloric content, but lower in carbohydrates (source: theidlecat.com). I'm not really sure whether the "mother and baby cat" food formula you're using accounts for that, so please keep their different nutritional needs in mind.

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    lila it's ok to leave some comments, people discussing the questions and answers. No longer needed comments are for comments relating to clarification that are then edited into a questions, discussion about scope that is resolved or any irrelevant comments. I appreciate your help, but wanted to clarify this. I've been pretty liberal with handling your comment flags, but you just need this guidance. It's ok to have some level of discussion and it's important to keep comments with links to chat discussion kept there, when comments are migrated to chat. – user6796 Jun 25 at 20:19
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    oh lila, I totally understand where you're coming from, that's exactly why I enjoy moderating, some may find it tedious, but I find it a stress reliever. I view flagging comments and them being deleted as vacuuming up the site! lol I think you would understand that. Please don't stop, I had just declined some flags and wanted to explain why, rather than keep you wondering. You're a good egg, would be good moderator material tbh. Take care. Add me on FB if you like facebook.com/yvette.colomb.58 – user6796 Jun 26 at 2:16
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    ... conscious about it, resonating all the melancholic feelings of old times gone by with these people. I guess Pets SE is practically my fb now :D I actually spend more time there than I did on fb back then. And it was really heartwarming how I noticed some declined flags and before I have even fully digested that, there was a quick and useful explaination by you why it happened in the context. It really gives me an encouraging feeling that even if I make mistakes, there is a guardian angel looking after me with patience, always ready to guide my, let's be honest, baby steps there. @Yvette – lila Jun 26 at 23:56
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    I'm not mad :) . – user6796 Jul 4 at 16:07
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    you are very sweet. I'm not happy. – user6796 Jul 17 at 3:59

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