Feeding Your Kittens
10 July, 2012
When you first bring home your kitten, there are so many new questions and variables to consider. Where will he or she sleep? Will she like her new family? And, first and foremost, what do I feed my kitten? With so many different kinds of cat/kitten food on the market, how do you decide what is best for your new bundle of joy.
Kittens need protein
The first thing you need to know is that kittens and cats are inherently carnivores. Because they evolved to be carnivores, they lack certain enzymes needed to convert vegetable proteins into the amino acids they need. Therefore, your kitten can not live on a vegetarian or vegan diet. So, even if you do follow a vegan diet, make sure that your kitten does not.
Kittens, because they’re growing so rapidly, need much higher amounts of energy in their food. By the time your kitten is six months old, he or she still needs about 25 percent more nutrition than an adult cat. This is why you should feed your kitten a food specifically designed for kittens’ nutritional needs, and you should continue feeding kitten food until your feline friend is about a year old.
Read the labels
The label on your kitten food contains feeding instructions. These guidelines are very general recommendations and it’s possible that your kitten may need more or less food than the label suggests. Talk to your vet to be sure you’re feeding your kitten the right amount and type of food.
Cat foods are made with cats’ nutritional needs in mind and are fortified with amino acids to keep your cat healthy. However, dry food has a lot more carbohydrates than a cat needs. When assessing your options, note that canned foods have a higher percentage of meat.
Feed your kitten three times a day until she’s at least seven months old. Kittens’ stomachs are very small and they need to fill up regularly. Free feeding with kibble is OK if you can’t be around all day to feed them.
You shouldn’t need additional supplements as long as you feed your kitten a nutritionally balanced diet. If you’re concerned that your cat isn’t eating enough to get proper nutrition, discuss this with your vet and get his or her opinion before giving supplements.
High Quality Food
Feed your kitten the highest-quality food you can afford. Good food is insurance for your kitten’s health in the long term and it’s worth the extra money to buy products that have better-quality ingredients and fewer chemical additives. There are so many healthy brands on the market that it should be easy to find one that your kitten loves. If you buy in bulk, it will lower the overall cost.
Enjoy your new, wonderful feline family member and hope he or she makes you very happy!
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