Nursing Cat Nutrition Calculator

Did You Know

Nursing cats have increased nutritional demands to support milk production and recover from the birthing process. The number of kittens and the stage of nursing significantly impact the mother’s dietary needs. Proper nutrition during this time is critical for the health of the mother and the growth of the kittens. Our Nursing Cat Nutrition Calculator assists in adjusting the mother’s diet to meet these heightened requirements.


Welcome to the Animal Nutrition Calculator’s Nursing Cat Nutrition Calculator. Created to help owners of nursing cats, this tool provides dietary recommendations tailored to the needs of a lactating mother cat. By considering factors such as weight, age, breed size, litter size, stage of nursing, and current diet, the calculator offers a guide to ensure both mother and kittens are well-nourished.

Getting Started: What You’ll Need

To use this calculator, please have the following information ready:

  • Your cat’s weight (5-40 lbs/ 2.3-18.5 kg)
  • Your cat’s age
  • The breed size of your cat (small, medium, large, giant)
  • The number of kittens in the litter
  • The current stage of nursing (week 1, weeks 2-5, week 6 to weaning)
  • The main composition of your cat’s diet (dry, wet, raw)
  • How often you feed your cat each day
  • Whether you are giving your cat any dietary supplements
  • If the supplements were recommended by a veterinarian

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Tips for Feeding Nursing Cats

  • Increased Calories: Provide a higher calorie diet to support lactation, often up to two to three times the normal intake.
  • Frequent Meals: Offer food more frequently throughout the day or allow for free feeding, especially in the early weeks of nursing.
  • Quality Nutrition: Choose high-quality kitten food or formulas designed for lactating mothers to ensure nutrient-rich meals.
  • Water Intake: Ensure constant access to fresh water as lactating cats need more fluids.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Much More Food Does a Nursing Cat Need?

A nursing cat may need up to three times her normal caloric intake, depending on the size of her litter and her stage of lactation.

Can I Feed My Nursing Cat Kitten Food?

Yes, kitten food is often recommended for nursing cats because it’s high in protein and fat, which are necessary for milk production.

Why Trust Animal Nutrition Calculator and How This Calculator Was Developed

The Nursing Cat Nutrition Calculator is the result of a collaboration with feline nutritionists and veterinarians, reflecting the latest in clinical nutrition science for lactating cats. It is designed to provide practical feeding guidelines that support the health of nursing cats and their kittens.


This calculator is a guide and should not replace professional veterinary advice. Consult with a veterinarian for a comprehensive and personalized diet plan for your nursing cat, especially when considering supplements or if your cat has any health concerns.