The Chronicles of Mingo

How Much To Feed A Maine Coon Kitten?

When you Google “How much to feed a Maine Coon kitten?” you don’t get answers. What you get is miscellaneous posts of plaintive owners asking the same question. Because the short and accurate answer is “Lots”. Or, as we say in the Coon Verse, a fuck-ton.

As of today, Mingo weighs 11.2 lbs. I bought a cat scale for several reasons. One, because weight loss is an important early warning sign of trouble in my two NORMAL cats, and two, because I’m fascinated with how fast he’s growing. And how big he’s getting. Maybe a more accurate word would be ‘terrified’.

Less than a week ago, he weighed 10.2 lbs. My Siamese cat weighed 10.6. He’s not even eight months old. He’s gained a pound in less than a week. Maine Coons can continue to grow until two years old.

I feed my cats canned tuna and dry kibble. The adults get fed tuna morning and evening; the dry kibble, with lots of water back, is out all day. Back in the calm peaceful days Before Kitten, I was going through much less than a 5 oz. can a day — Rainy the Siamese is a picky eater and sometimes ignores the tuna completely. Keeping it unspoiled was a problem, because they don’t like it cold, but leaving it out of the refrigerator once opened is a bad idea.

This is no longer a problem.

Mingo is going through 2.5 oz of tuna each morning and evening, plus he gets another full meal at midnight because still growing. I add in dry kitten kibble on the vet’s recommendation. Plus he scarfs up whatever Squeaky leaves in his bowl and he’s transitioning to eating the adults’ dry kibble. It’s disappearing at a much faster rate and I don’t think it’s elves. So that’s two plus cans a day for all three cats, plus dry kibble.

I’ve always bought tuna in 10-packs. Now I’m ordering the 10-packs four at a time via Amazon. Yes, I know I can get cases of tuna, but not so far in the brand and variety Rainy will eat. When I say ‘picky’ I mean picky. I’m working on it.

So that’s how much a Maine Coon kitten eats. Now you know.

Mary Holland

Mary Holland writes alternative-world fantasy for grown-ups. Her books include Matcher Rules, The Bone Road, and The Dog of Pel. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with three cats and an ever-changing assortment of wildlife.

7 thoughts on “How Much To Feed A Maine Coon Kitten?”

    • Except for the 2-3 always available full bowls of cat kibble (his and the two adult cats) that he’s vacuuming up daily, yes he is. Poor thing.

  1. I just rescued a Maine Coon cat. He is a sweet boy. They estimated him to be 3-5 years old. Except when I got him home and he started relaxing he became more and more kitten … so I think he is maybe a year old. He has doubled in weight in the last month and still has paws to grow into.

    I came here because I googled ‘how much to feed a Maine Coon kitten’ : )

    I wondered if his desperation for food is from being dumped on the streets (he was emaciated) and I’m happy to fatten him up but he eats SO DAMNED MUCH. More than twice more than my greedy fat old lady cat. (who held the previous record on food consumption)

    Thanks for your post! I’ll keep feeding him and see how big he gets!

  2. I found what is a Maine Coon or Maine Coon mix kitten starving in the neighborhood. He is the sweetest little thing but loves his food. He about ripped the nipple off the bottle I got so I just poured the formula in a bowl. I transitioned him to about 1/3 of a small can of patte 4 times per day. Now I give him a half can 4 times a day and leave dry food out all the time. He growls at me if I get near him when he is eating but never bites if I bend down to pick it up. He starts trolling and jumping for me to put it back down.

    He is very loving and extremely playful. He fears nothing. He lives to suck on my sleeve and knead with his big paws (ouch) when I hold him and purrs like a motor running constantly.

    I guess I’ll transition to the whole can 3 times a day. He has doubled in size in a month.

    • Sounds as if you’re both lucky to have found each other. When I bottle-fed my Maine Coon feral kitten I used a hard plastic syringe because he was so aggressive I figured any plastic nipple stood no chance. And they eat enormous amounts. It sounds as if yours is much more loving than mine was. He escaped from my yard and hasn’t been found. I miss him terribly, so enjoy yours!

  3. I just adopted a Maine Coon mix kitten. He is 9 weeks old and I tried doing regular feeding schedules based on the recommended daily amount for “kittens” with wet kitten chow in the morning and at night and kitten kibble at lunch and tea time. He seemed to be a vacuum and would almost instantly eat whatever I put down for him… I was worried at first that he might be over-eating (used to competing with brothers and sisters) so, I experimented one day and just filled the bowl. He ate half of it, and was decidedly full so, he came back later to finish the bowl… Because he’s so small and only half Maine Coon, I’m still worried about whether or not he’s gaining weight at a healthy rate (right now he’s 1.1kg)… But maybe it’s a good idea to keep food available and see if I should restrict his diet after his next vet appointment in a couple of weeks…

    • If you can see his ribs, he’s too thin. They should be covered by a healthy layer of muscle, so they aren’t prominent. A friend of mine just adopted a purebred Maine Coon kitten and he’s eating everything he can find, so they eat a lot. I’d feed him on demand; he’s a growing boy and I’d worry about his weight later. There’s plenty of time for weight control.


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