The correct diet for a kitten
At a young age, the cat should receive with food all important for the development of the substance. Only in this way the foundation of good health and high quality of life of a pet is laid. It is in industrial rations that all kitten needs are taken into account, which cannot be provided if you feed it with homemade food.
Kittens designed for kittens have several important distinctive features and benefits. Such feeds are highly digestible, in particular, protein – by 85%. After all, a pet needs an increased amount of “building materials” for growth – from the moment of birth until the end of the formation, the kitten grows 40-50 times.
Energy density rations increased. After all, the need for calories is especially noticeable at the age of 8 weeks, it gradually decreases from 220 kcal at the peak of growth to 50 kcal per 1 kg of body weight in adulthood.
It is also important for a kitten to consume more amino acids, calcium, phosphorus, copper, than an adult animal. In this case, the feed should not be voluminous, since, as you know, “the kitten’s stomach is not more than a thimble”.
Cats are known for their fastidiousness in food. The same trait is inherent in kittens. Therefore, leading feed manufacturers offer them the widest range of tastes and textures, recommending owners to alternate rations, so that food does not bore.
So, in the Whiskas line for kittens there is a pate with chicken, jelly with veal, stew with lamb, pads with milk, turkey and carrots, and so on. Royal Canin has a Kitten Instinctive wet ration in jelly, sauce, pate and dry food for specific breeds – Persians (Royal Canin Persian Kitten), British (Royal Canin British Shorthair Kitten), and Maine Coons Kit etc.
You can also pay attention to brands such as Friskies, Gourmet, Purina Pro Plan, etc.
You can teach a kitten to ready-made rations from 3-4 weeks of age. At the time of the final separation from the mother’s milk, occurring at 6–10 weeks, the pet is ready to fully switch to specially developed food for him.
Despite all their advantages, the owner of the animal should ensure that the kitten does not overeat, adhere to the recommended portions and diet.
As for the latter, the general rule is as follows: a kitten up to 4 months is usually fed 6 times a day, up to 10 months – 3-4 times, upon reaching 10 months it can move to an adult routine. And these are two servings of a wet ration – morning and evening – and a portion of dry food that is released throughout the day. It is also necessary to provide constant access to fresh water.