Proper nutrition and diet is the key predictor of the kitten’s adult health. Healthy diet ensures proper development and growth, reduce the risk of disease and keep kitten’s teeth healthy and clean. Kittens may also eat different foods depending on their age.
Basics of Cat Diet
Cats are considered carnivores and protein must constitute a particular portion of their diet. Once kittens are weaned, the meat is an essential ingredient in any particular diet you want to feed. But, wild cats also get access to plant matter once they eat stomach contents of their prey. That is the reason why a diet that consists of meat could result to nutritional deficits.
The sole nutrition source of kittens for the first few weeks of their life must be their mother’s milk. Typically, the mother cats start weaning their kittens once they’re around four weeks old as well as complete the process between eight and ten weeks. You may start incorporating soft solid food as kittens are weaned. You may introduce solid food diet once the weaning process is already completed. Orphaned kittens must get kitten formula and not the milk of a cow.
Companies producing cat foods list ingredients in accordance to the proportion of each in the foods. Therefore, the first several ingredients are most crucial food portion and must be meat not filler like grain or corn. Cat foods that are high quality tend to have some fillers and perspectives. To get rid of these, pick a food with ingredients that have names you’re familiar with. Kitten may eat either dry or wet cat food, yet dry foods are higher in healthy ingredients with less filler and moisture. For the kittens that are being weaned or the freshly-weaned ones, feed some dry foods softened in warm water.
Kittens may eat meat that are intended for people, yet must not get junk foods like potato chips. Vegetables may contain cellulose that cats can’t metabolize. Once you opt to feed your kittens with vegetables, puree them so that the cellulose will break down and give your kittens access to the plant-based food’s nutritional value. While several cat owners feed cats raw meat diet and other vets agree that this diet is healthy, the immune systems of kittens are still developing and must not eat raw meat.
It is okay to feed your kittens with some treats as long as you’re following the ten-percent calorie rule. It only means that the treats must make up less than ten percent of the total calorie intake of your kitten. However, this does not mean that it is a good idea to turn leftover table scraps into kitten’s treats. You should also know the foods that should not be fed to kittens to avoid problems. Some of the foods that you should avoid are grapes, raisins, tea, coffee, chocolate, garlic, and onions because these can be toxic to cats and little kittens.