How to translate a kitten on a ready-made diet?
Until the age of one month, the only kitten feed is mother’s milk. But then the pet should be taught to eat, which will be familiar to him in adult life. The main rules here are gradual and timely.
In normal mode, the mother herself gradually minimizes the feeding of offspring. When 3-4 weeks pass from his birth to a cat, the cat starts avoiding kittens, and milk production decreases. And the kittens are no longer enough power from the parent. In search of an additional source of energy, they are taken to try new food.
During this period, it is advisable to offer food that is suitable for the first feeding. It includes, in particular, specialized rations for kittens Royal Canin Mother & Babycat, Royal Canin Kitten, the Whiskas brand line. Also, the relevant feed produced under the brands Acana, Wellkiss, Purina Pro Plan, Bosch and others.
Experts recommend combining dry and wet rations from the first days of the transition to a new feed.
But if wet food in advance preparation do not need, then dry ones can be diluted at first with water to a slurry state. Then the amount of water should be gradually reduced so that the kitten painlessly gets used to the new texture of the food.
Completely on ready-made rations pet goes into 6-10 weeks. Mother’s milk is categorically not enough for him, but industrial feeds are able to provide a growing body with an increased amount of energy and all the ingredients for full development. However, the owner must take into account the norms shown to the animal and ensure that the kitten, who does not know the saturation limit, does not overeat.
A kitten that is already 1-3 months old should be fed in small portions 6 times a day. Well, if you can do it at the same time to establish a clear schedule. On the day during this period, 1 packet of wet food and about 35 grams of dry food are taken.
As the kitten gets older, the feeding schedule changes as well: at 4–5 months of age, the pet should eat 3-4 times a day, while eating a bag of wet food in the morning and evening and 35 grams of dry food during the day. A 6–9 month old kitten is supposed to be given food at the same frequency, but in large portions: a kitten will eat 2 sachets of a wet diet each day and about 70 grams of dry food per day.
During the first month of life with a mother’s milk, the kitten receives all the necessary substances in the right balance. Therefore, it is critical for the formation of animal immunity.
There is practically nothing to replace this food – cow’s milk does not suit the kitten at all. For comparison: in cat’s milk there is one and a half times more protein than in cow’s milk, and at the same time there is a moderate amount of fat, calcium and phosphorus in it.
But what if, for certain reasons, it is not available? A number of manufacturers have rations in case the cat has lost milk or the kitten has been excommunicated early – for example, Royal Canin Babycat Milk. This feed is fully consistent with the needs of the newly born animal and can serve as a worthy alternative to mother’s milk.