By the age of 7-8 weeks, most kittens will be fully weaned. However, these kittens still have special needs around meal time and it's important for rescuers and kitten parents to exercise proper feeding even with kittens who are weaned.
1. Feed them the right food
Kittens require more fat, protein, and calories than adult cats, so be sure that you're choosing a high quality food formulated specifically for kittens. Wet food is the best option, as it contains essential moisture content that the kitten needs to stay healthy and hydrated. Pet parents should be cautioned against feeding strictly kibble diets.
2. Feed with frequency
While you may have heard of strict feeding schedules for adult cats, you don't want to withhold food from a growing kitten. Kittens over 8 weeks of age should be given a minimum of 3 filling meals each day, including right before bed and first thing in the morning. Once a kitten is 9 months old, it is appropriate to start transitioning toward an adult feeding schedule. At 12 months old, the kitten can graduate to an adult cat food and an adult cat feeding schedule.
3. Provide fresh water
Hydration is an important part of keeping kittens healthy. Provide a shallow dish of fresh water at all times, and if you're concerned about the kitten not drinking enough water, you can entice her by adding additional water to her food, or introducing something fun like a water fountain.