Feeding the best kitten food possible

New kittens are full of energy, so finding the best food for kittens means finding the right balance of calories, protein and flavour. Here's what to look for to keep your new feline friend as happy and healthy as possible.

The Best Kitten Food Starts with Science

There are several things to keep in mind when choosing the best food for your new kitten.

Kittens Have Their Own Nutritional Needs

While some nutrients in kitten food are the same as adult cat food, there are a few differences that will help your new kitten's brain and muscle development.

Expect your kitten’s food to have higher levels of protein and minerals, as well as higher calories, since kittens are typically more active than their older counterparts.

A Healthy Feeding Schedule

A consistent feeding schedule keeps your kitten from overeating and gives you more control during mealtime. Use this kitten food calculator* to determine a proper feeding amount, and always make sure to check with your veterinarian first.

Weight of Cat Growth less than 4 months Growth 4 to 6 months Growth 7 to 12 months and pregnancy
1 lb (0,5 kg) 1/4 cup (30 g)
2 lb (0,9 kg) 3/8 cup (40 g) 3/8 cup (40 g)
3 lb (1,4 kg) 5/8 cup (70 g) 1/2 cup (55 g)
4 lb (1,8 kg) 3/4 cup (85 g) 5/8 cup (70 g)
5 lb (2,3 kg) 7/8 cup (100 g) 2/3 cup (75 g) 5/8 cup (70 g)
10 lb (4,5 kg) 1 1/4 cups (140 g) 1 cup (115 g)
15 lb (6,8 kg) 1 1/4 cups (140 g)

*Based on Science Plan™ cat food recommendations

Serving Options

Giving your kitten options in texture helps make mealtime irresistible, which is why Hill’s offers both wet and dry kitten food. These tasty options range from crunchy kibble to savoury stews.

Dry Kitten Food

Every kibble is designed around a kitten’s smaller mouth so your new little friend can enjoy each meal. Hill’s also provides an assortment of flavours that have been approved by the discerning cats at our Pet Nutrition Center.

Wet Kitten Food

Open the top of any Hill's™ canned kitten food and you can see that each recipe is loaded with hearty vegetables, tender morsels and savoury sauces. Treat your kitten to one of our minced entrées and make mealtime a special occasion.

A Lot Goes Into Every Bite

Time, effort and research all come together to ensure your kitten's meal is one that can support a long, happy life. Below are some of the brands that keep your kitten’s health in mind.

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Science Plan™ Kitten Food

Science Plan™ uses more than 70 years of research to develop nutrition that meets your kitten’s biological needs. Maybe that's why Hill's is veterinarians' #1 recommended.

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Caring for Your Kitten


Pet Care Centre

  • Feeding your kitten: some food for thought

    Kittens grow a lot in their first year, so it is important to provide them with the proper nutrients early, so they grow up healthy and strong.
  • Bringing Home Your First Kitten

    Teach your kitten good habits by learning how to properly handle them while still at a young age.
  • The right food for your kitten

    Learn how to identify the kitten food that best aligns with her nutritional needs, keeping her active and healthy as she grows into an adult cat.
  • The pick of the litter | Hill's Pet

    Bringing how a kitten is a long-term commitment. Learn how to make the right choice when picking one out of a litter.
  • Mixing pet foods

    Learn the advantages and disadvantages of wet cat food and dry cat food to get a better sense of which food you should be feeding your cat.
  • Kitten psychology

    It's worth trying to understand the way your kitten is thinking, and why she behaves how she does. That way, you'll be able to build an even closer bond with her.

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