Want some reassurance that your kitten is eating enough and developing normally? Want to know; how much should a 10-week old kitten eat, and how much they should weigh?
Here’s everything you need to know about 10-week old kittens, and some dietary recommendations from top cat food manufacturers;
How much should a 10-week old kitten eat? By 10 weeks, your kitten should be weaned onto kitten food. They should be eating at least 4 times a day and consuming around 200g of wet food and 35g of dry food.
A Look at What Manufacturers Recommend a 10-Week Old Kitten Should Be Eating
Here is what a couple of the top-selling brands of kitten food recommends feeding a 10-week old kitty:
Royal Canin Recommended Daily Amount
Royal Canin recommends giving your little 10-week bundle of joy either:
- 2 and a half to 3 and a half pouches of their wet food, or
- 1 pouch of wet food and 35-50 grams of their dry kitten food
Their wet pouches weigh 85 grams. So this means you should be giving your kitty (approx):
- 212- 297 grams of wet food, or
- 85 grams of wet food and up to 50 grams of dry.
Whiskers Recommended Daily Amount
Whiskers recommend giving a 10-week kitten either:
- 2 and a half pouches of their wet food, or
- 1 and a half pouch of wet food and 25 grams of their dry kitten food
Their wet pouches weigh 100 grams. So this means you should be giving your kitty (approx):
- 250 grams of wet food, or
- 150 grams of wet food and 25 grams of dry.
From looking at the data, both Royal Canin and Whiskers recommend similar amounts, as you’d expect. It’s important to keep in mind that no two kittens are the same though. Different breeds, sizes, levels of activity, affect how much a kitten will eat.
If your 10-week old is eating a drastically different amount to what’s recommended, that’s when you have cause for concern and should check in with your vet. If they are within a sensible range, you have nothing to worry about!
Kitten Feeding Chart by Age
Here’s a kitten feeding chart from birth up to 10 weeks when they are weaned off their mother’s milk.
|Age||Amount per Feeding||How Often|
|0-1 Week||2-6 ml milk||Every 2 hours|
|1-2 Weeks||6-10 ml milk||Every 2-3 hours|
|2-3 Weeks||10-14 ml milk||Every 3-4 hours|
|3-4 Weeks||14-18 ml milk||Every 4-5 hours|
|4-5 Weeks||18-22 ml milk||Every 5-6 hours|
|5-8 Weeks||Weaning onto kitten food||Every 6 hours|
|8-10 Weeks||See notes above||Every 6 hours|
10-Week Old Kitten Care Tips
Nutrition is one element of caring for a 10-week old kitten. It’s also a formative time in their young lives as they learn how to socialize and interact with you and other people and animals in your home.
It’s Time for a Vet Visit
Most kitten owners take a trip to their vet as they wean their kitten off their mother’s milk onto solid or kitten food. If you have already done this, you’ll have the answers. If not, now is a good time to book a check-up for your kitten.
While you’re in the vet’s office you can ask them to recommend the best food (in their opinion) and how often you should be feeding your kitty. I always ask loads of questions, it doesn’t do any harm to pick their brains while you’re there.
You vet will check your kitten over. Don’t be alarmed if he/she has a few fleas or mites in their ears. It’s not uncommon, and it’s easy to clear up at this stage.
They will also advise you on some vaccines you can give them to protect them against feline leukemia, rabies, and they may mention some other diseases if relevant where you live.
Your kitten should have been litter trained since they were around 4-weeks old. If you’re still having issues with them peeing outside of their box, you’ve got to sort it out now or it’s going to become difficult to correct.
I have some handy tips to help if your kitten is peeing on your furniture. Or, if it’s too late, I’ve reviewed some of the best carpet cleaners for cat pee, poop, and vomit here.
Socializing Your Kitten
This is the fun part of bringing up a kitten. The best thing you can do is play with them, lots!
Between 10 and 12 weeks old is when kittens are at their most playful. Spending at least 30 minutes a day playing with your kitty is going to help you bond with them. They also need the exercise and outlet for some of that explosive energy (it’s either through playing or on your furniture).
Personally, laser pointers are my favorite cat toys. It makes playing with them really easy and means you will not tire out before they do. A few healthy treats to reward good behavior doesn’t go amiss either.
There you have it, some data from a couple of the top kitten/cat food manufactures explaining; how much should a 10-week old kitten eat?
I bet you’ve found out that you have nothing to worry about and your little hyperactive bundle of joy is as perfect as you thought. If they are developing any strange eating habits or not eating enough, get them checked out!