What You Should Feed Your Kitten
5 March, 2012

When any new pet owner brings his or her first kitten home, there are many questions on his mind.  Invariably, one of the most important is what to feed our little feline friend.  Our little kittens are carnivores and cannot live on a vegetarian or vegan diet.  He or she must eat meat in some form or another or she will get sick.

BUY A FOOD DESIGNED FOR KITTENS

Kittens, because they grow so rapidly, need much higher amounts of energy in their food. By the time your kitten is six months old, she still needs about twenty five percent more nutrition than adult cats. This is why you should feed your kitten a food specifically designed for kittens’ until your feline friend is about a year old.

A HIGH QUALITY FOOD IS ESSENTIAL

Feed your kitten the highest-quality food you can afford. Good food is health insurance, and it’s worth the extra cost to buy products that have better-quality meats and few if any chemical additives.

This is delicious and healthy!

Your cat’s food preferences are generally established by the time they’re six months old, so you need to get your kitten used to eating a nutritionally complete diet at an early age. In order to avoid boredom and keep your kitten eating, choose two or three different products, in different flavors, in both dry and canned formulas, and feed them interchangeably.

FEED YOUR KITTEN THREE TIMES A DAY

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 acceptable if you can’t be around all day to feed them. Do keep in mind, however, that when you spay or neuter your kitten, his or her energy requirements decrease so the standard feeding recommendations may not work as well for kittens that were fixed before six months of age.  If this is the case, you should check with your vet to see his or her recommendations.

READ THE LABEL OF YOUR FOOD

The label on your cat 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.

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.  A mixture of both is always a good way to go.

Good luck with your kitten and new addition to your family.

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