Kitten feed

What should I feed my kitten?

Kitten feed

What should I feed my kitten?

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Are you a first-time kitten owner and wondering what you should be feeding your new bundle of joy? Kittens have a growth phase of approximately 12 months and optimal nutritional support is required during this time. Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional requirements of a kitten and answer some common questions around appropriate feeding.

Can I feed kitten food to my adult cats?

The simple answer to this is no. During growth and development, kittens are at high risk for nutritional deficiencies if not fed the correct diet. Food that is specially formulated for kittens is calorie dense, nutritionally dense and focused on optimal muscle, bone, brain and eye development. Building of a strong immune system is also key during the kitten’s developmental months. Examples of food brands which specialize in food for kitten development are Royal Canin and Montego. 

What should I feed a new born kitten?

New born kittens not nursing from their birth mother require an appropriate milk replacer. Royal Canin’s Babycat Milk is a milk replacer for kittens from birth to weaning. According to RoyalCanin.com, Babycat Milk allows for steady, harmonious growth. Moreover, the composition of Babycat Milk is as close as possible to queen’s milk, with high energy and protein levels.

From which age can I feed my kitten dry food?

From the age of 4 to 6 weeks, kittens can start to feed on dry food while nursing. This should be their introduction to their new feeding schedule as they wean from queen’s milk. Additionally, kittens should not be fed a raw diet as tempting as this may be. Raw diets, for example feeding Tuna, could lead to Thiamine deficiency. Kittens need thiamine as it is a vital nutrient required for brain and nerve development. With this being said, not all dry kitten food is suitable for the weaning kitten. Always refer to the feeding guidelines or speak with a consultant at SAYES Pet Care if you are unsure of which food is right for your kitten.

Summary

Pet parents should feed their kittens nutritionally dense foods which are especially developed for their life and growth stages. Nutritionally dense foods for your kitten allows for physical and well as motor and brain development. Start adult cat food at approximately 12 – 15 months. Always refer to the feeding guidelines or speak with your veterinarian if you are unsure of the correct time to switch your kitten to the adult range.

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