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I've started switching Winston onto the food mix that I have for him (Blue Spa Weight Control, Authority Weight/Hairball Control and Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck), adding one food at a time very gradually, but I'm starting to wonder if I should maybe leave a little bit of his Royal Canin Kitten food in the completed mix. Its min. fat, according to the package, is 16.5%. He absolutely loves it (He'll eat all of it first before moving onto the new kind of food), and he seems to be in very good shape. He runs for hours every night (I can hear him from my bedroom - Comfort Wheels are NOISY!), and I can see when he's walking around that the sides of his body look sort of like this: | | as opposed to this: ( ) He's just over nine weeks old, and weighs about 285 grams.
Would it be alright to leave a little bit of the higher fat food in his mix? Many people talk about giving "runners" a higher fat food, but I'm not sure what counts as being a runner. If someone could give me some advice I'd really appreciate it! :)
 

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Keeping a spread sheet of his weighings will help you determine what kind of food you need to feed. And it will help determine the general pattern of his growth, and what his average ideal weight range should be.

He's typically still young, and at 16.5% fat, I don't really see a harm in leaving it in.

As for the "runner" type, they are essentially the ones who are near impossible to get them to gain weight. Sometimes, they have that tucked up, long legged look to them as well. (Unlike my boy's waddling shuffle along the floor :lol: )

The usual hedgehog is more teardrop in shape, with their bums being the roundest part of the body. Even though we say | | and ( ) as a means of describing technically doesn't do it justice.

So even though my boy is little at ~310g, he's still on the low fat foods because he's the usual round teardrop shape. And even though he runs a lot at night, he's good at maintaining his current weight.

So as you're decreasing the amount of the baby food, keep and eye on his weight. If it starts dropping, then it would seem that he is one that needs the slightly higher fat foods. This is where the spread sheet will come in handy, as it'd be easy to pull up all his weights and see the trends. His weight should still be steadily growing as well, until probably around the 6 to 9 month mark.
 
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