Feeding your kitten from four months onward
As your cat matures, maintain good feeding habits and avoid stress by letting it eat in peace in a calm place. Cats are natural grazers, and will eat 15 to 20 very small meals a day. Lots of cats will self-regulate their eating, so you can leave out the total recommended portion of food for the day and allow them to revisit their bowl.
If you choose to get your cat neutered, there is the risk they'll gain weight rapidly after the procedure as their energy expenditure reduces by 30%, yet their appetite increases by up to 26%. Choose a food that's specially formulated for sterilized cats, which is appropriate for their breed and gender, and monitor their weight closely.
You should also consider your cat's lifestyle when feeding them as an adult cat, from around 12 months onward. Indoor cats with sedentary lifestyles need less energy than outdoor cats, so it's important to give them an appropriate portion to avoid them gaining weight and suffering from connected health problems.
Setting up good feeding behaviors and providing your kitten with the right food for their needs can help them become a healthy and content adult. If you're not sure of the right way to feed your cat, get in touch with your vet for advice.