We have 2 kittens, not quite 6 months old..The female weighs about 7 pounds; but the male weighs 12 pounds.
A - Is this too mch for a 6-month male to weigh?
B- How can we control the male's weight since they are fed at the same time?
They both have free access to the whole house and it would be difficult to keep one on a locked room while the other one ate. any ideas?
Thanks
Ken
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A - Is this too mch for a 6-month male to weigh?

It depends. You need to look at the cat, is it a large cat or is it a fat cat?
B- How can we control the male's weight since they are fed at the same time?

What do you feed them? Try feeding mostly wet (canned/tinned) food, it is more nutritious than dry food.

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We have 2 kittens, not quite 6 months old..The female weighs about 7 pounds; but the male weighs 12 pounds. ... it would be difficult to keep one on a locked room while the other one ate. any ideas? Thanks Ken

This may or may not be "too fat". It depends on the kitten - Sammy weighed that much at 6 months (at 9 months she now weights 15 pounds - she clearly has Maine Coon ancestry), but she's the correct weight for her size (she's about 3 1/2 to 4 feet long from nose to tail tip). A quick rule of thumb - you should not be able to see a cat's ribs or back bone (too thin), but you should be able to easily feel a cat's ribs with your hands. I'd check with your vet if you're not sure.
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CatNipped
What do you feed them? Try feeding mostly wet (canned/tinned) food, it is more nutritious than dry food.

Is this true?
I have heard / read from a few sources that dry food is supposed to be better for kittens.
so confused
Justin

What do you feed them? Try feeding mostly wet (canned/tinned) food, it is more nutritious than dry food.

Is this true? I have heard / read from a few sources that dry food is supposed to be better for kittens. so confused Justin

The vet world is slowly coming to realize that dry is NOT the best choice, especially for males who can develop crystals in the urine which could be life threatening for them. Honest to God, if I ever get kittens again I will NOT get them started on dry.
We have 2 kittens, not quite 6 months old..The female weighs about 7 pounds; but the male weighs 12 pounds. ... it would be difficult to keep one on a locked room while the other one ate. any ideas? Thanks Ken

Ken,
Have you spoken to you vet about this matter? If not, I suggest that you do so. It could be something medical, such as a thyroid problem. If you have spoken to them, what do they suggest? Whenever I am in doubt of something dealing with my cats, I will call my vet and ask them. Most vets will give you a bit of free advice over the phone. If they for some reason don't give any free advice over the phone, I would recommend going to another vet. Good luck with you two little furry friends.
an easy-to-read article
FEEDING YOUR CAT: KNOW THE BASICS OF FELINE NUTRITION Dr. Lisa A. Pierson, DVM
http://www.catsincanada.com/articles/feeding.html
someone posted this last year, and I have great faith in it now. I feed my cat mostly wet food now, with access to dry. Before I fed her less wet, so she'd eat more dry food, which turns out not to be so good. She has not gained weight, and her coat is much silkier.

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We have 2 kittens, not quite 6 months old..The female weighs about 7 pounds; but the male weighs 12 pounds. ... it would be difficult to keep one on a locked room while the other one ate. any ideas? Thanks Ken

My vet friend says that one may stuff a kitten until it's one year old because it has to grow.
Males are heavier than females.
After a lot of research I have come to the conclusion that dry food available all day round and wet food served once or twice a day (morning/evening) is the best solution. Evening is better if you feed once a day because it prevents the cats from waking you up in the middle of the night or early morning.
My cats (grown up) eat 100 grams of wet food each every day but some like 200g per day.
Carola
Is this true? I have heard / read from ... is supposed to be better for kittens. so confused Justin

The vet world is slowly coming to realize that dry is NOT the best choice, especially for males who can ... threatening for them. Honest to God, if I ever get kittens again I will NOT get them started on dry.

Have you any idea why cats seem to get addicted to dry food, to the point that I receive urgent messages when any part of the bottom of the bowl is exposed? I'd think it would be counter-instinctive, since it would be so different than the normal mean of a carnivore.
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