I have a 4-month-old Maine Coon kitten that is slightly underweight.

The vet has given him a clean bill of health, but says the kitten is just "too busy growing and climbing trees, and just isn't getting around to eating quite enough."

Is there anything I can do to get this cat to eat a bit more?

For instance, is there a type of food that is high in fat and is known to be irresistible to Maine Coon cats?

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    What type of food are you feeding now? Wet or dry? Special kitten food or general cat food?
    – Elmy
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 10:42
  • @Elmy A bit of everything. Dry food, a variety of wet food, and tuna.
    – User1974
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 22:38
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    As I don't know your location I can't give brand names, but I'd suggest finding a local specialized pet food store and asking the employees to recommend high-calorie food options for you. There's several canned foods that are very high in fats and calories, for cats who need to put on weight, and your local shop will know what those choices are and be able to help.
    – Allison C
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 17:21
  • In hindsight, I probably could have just added cheap costco olive oil to the cat's food. I think that would have worked fine.
    – User1974
    Commented Jul 8, 2022 at 12:33

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The best advice I can give you is feeding special "kitten" food, because it's designed to have more calories than general "adult" cat food. An alternative is food formulated for "active cats".

Dry food tends to have more protein than wet food, so it's better for your kitten. You can soak it in some water to increase the water intake. Please take care to feed a cat food with a high meat content and low grain content because grain can cause severe and very expensive medical problems in the long run (read more here).

Tuna should only be fed seldom and on very special occasions, but not as a regular food. The amount of heavy metals it's contaminated with is not healthy and has a stronger effect on the small body of a cat. You can feed raw or cooked ground beef instead, but ground pork only if it's well heated. Be aware that ground pork is actually hard to digest for cats and doesn't help fattening it up.

Another alternative that was recommended to friends by a vet is instant mashed potatoes. You must scan the ingredients, though! There must not be any salt, onion or garlick in it, because all of those are extremely unhealthy for cats. It's best to buy the pure, dried potato flakes and mix one tablespoon of dried flakes with some boiling water for a cat-sized helping. Feed this in addition to your regular food because it's not sustainable as exclusive cat food.

  • "Weruva/Cats in the Kitchen/Chicken Frick 'A Zee" food was a hit.
    – User1974
    Commented Aug 16, 2020 at 14:32

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