It's hard to know what to feed your kitten if you've never had a cat before, after all they can't exactly tell you what they need themselves. We've put together a list questions you should consider when buying kitten food:
1. Why do kittens need different cat food to adult cats?
Kittens have different nutritional needs than adult cats because they are in a growth stage and require higher amounts of certain nutrients, such as protein and fat, to support their growth and development. Kittens also have different caloric needs, as they require more energy per pound of body weight than adult cats. A diet specifically formulated for kittens can help ensure that they get the right balance of nutrients to support their growth and development.
2. What ingredients should you look for in kitten food?
- High-quality animal protein (such as chicken and fish) as the first ingredient
- Adequate levels of essential fatty acids for skin and coat health
- Calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth (you can usually see this in the constituents section of the ingredients)
- Antioxidants for a strong immune system (such as dried cranberry, yucca or Vitamin E)
- A balance of vitamins and minerals for overall health and development
- Taurine, an essential amino acid for heart, eye and reproductive health, as well as digestion
3. How much food should kittens eat?
The amount of food a kitten should eat depends on several factors, including their age, size, activity level, and overall health. On average, kittens should eat about 2-4 small meals a day, with a total daily intake of around 200-300 calories. You can see our kitten feeding guidelines here. Always consult your vet when you first get a kitten for any advice specific to them.
4. What human food can kittens eat and what should they avoid?
Kittens can safely eat small amounts of certain human foods, including cooked chicken or turkey, cooked fish, scrambled eggs, and small amounts of plain yogurt or cottage cheese. It's important to avoid giving kittens foods that are toxic to cats, such as chocolate, grapes and raisins, onions and garlic, avocado, and alcohol. Always check with a vet before introducing new foods to your kitten's diet.
5. How often should kittens eat?
Kittens should eat 3-4 small meals a day until they are 6 months old, and then 2-3 times a day after that. It is important to monitor their weight and adjust their food intake as needed.
6. Should kittens eat wet or dry food?
Kittens can benefit from eating both dry and wet food. You can read our article on wet vs. dry food to find out more.
7. Can kittens eat too much?
Yes, kittens can eat too much and become overweight, leading to health issues. It's important to feed them the appropriate amount for their age and size and to monitor their weight regularly.
Finally, as always, please consult your vet if you get a new kitten to see if there are any individual considerations or health issues to take into account.
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