The right food for Kitten
Your kitten will probably have been already weaned when
he or she first arrives at your house, and, hopefully, will be eating
a high-quality food designed for kittens. If so, it will probably
be best to continue him on the food he is accustomed to, to avoid
the inevitable tummy upsets of a quick food change. If not - if
your kitten has been eating a lesser-quality (grocery store) food,
you'll need to convert him over to a more appropriate kitten food
gradually. Start by adding a small amount of premium kitten food
to his existing food, then gradually increase the amount each day.
Kittens require a diet higher in protein and fat than adult
cats do. From weaning until about one year of age they should be
fed a diet specifically formulated for kittens. Kittens can be touched
or held when a lot of fur is visible and kitten(s) are walking.
Orphaned kittens who are too young to eat solid food
should be fed a commercial cat milk replacement formula every two
to four hours. Kittens should not be fed cow's milk because it does
not provide all of the necessary nutrients and may cause diarrhea.
Kittens are best fed
mom's milk; it's 100-percent perfect for their needs. However, if
the mother is ill or doesn't produce enough milk, or if the kittens
are found as orphans, it is necessary to feed them a commercial
milk replacer.Use a commercial milk replacer to moisten the food,
and gradually reduce the amount of milk replacer you use, until
the kittens are eating dry kitten food at about five or six weeks
The right food for Kitten
You can offer your kitten either dry food, canned
food, or both. Be sure to choose food
which is designed for kittens. They require a diet which is especially
rich in protein, calcium, and other nutrients. Dry food should contain
about 30 percent protein and about 15 percent fat. Canned food should
contain about 10 percent protein and about 6 percent fat. Extra
protein won't harm your kitten. Proteins make your cat grow. Kittens
also need amino acids and taurine. if meat, chicken and fish are
the main ingredients, these nutrients are usually in the food.
Cat food that is for adults is
not sufficient. Your young cat will need the enhanced kitten
food until he or she is a year old. Young kittens need to eat
every few hours, because their tummies are so small. Feed them canned
food several times a day but also have a bowl of dry food available
for them to munch on whenever they wish.
Feeding kittens differs from feeding adult cats.
But if you know what kittens need, it is easy to serve a healthy
and tasty meal for your little feline friends. Feed your kitten
at the same time and same place each day. Your pet will quickly
adjust to a feeding schedule. Start now to establish regular eating
times this can help prevent future 4 a.m. wake-up calls from your
Provide plenty of fresh water at all times. In addition to a
nutritionally complete food, your new pet needs access to fresh
water to help maintain his health.
By establishing good eating habits right from the start, you
and your kitten will enjoy many happy years together. If you're
not sure where to start, ask your veterinarian for guidance.