Immature kittens are very weak in all aspects and need special care from their owners. What the kittens eat is the most concerned topic of most owners. The digestive system of young cats is not as developed as that of adult cats. Therefore, in terms of diet, we should pay attention to what can be eaten and what can not be eaten by young cats.
I. common sense of kitten feeding
To develop a good habit of snack cat food, kittens can eat cat food from 4 weeks old and begin to soak in warm water. When the kitten is 10 weeks old, it can be fed with dry cat food, so that it can eat freely and have clean drinking water.
Eat less and eat more, and pay attention to the timing, ration and fixed point of feeding.
Timing: feed at a fixed time every day to form a good eating habit.
Ration: don’t eat too much or too little. With the increase of the age of the cat, the appetite of the kitten will increase gradually in a certain period of time (usually three or four months), and it will be stable after more than eight months.
When the milk for kittens is not enough or there is no milk, you can drink special pet milk powder. When you are bigger, you can add some rice flour in the milk powder. If you eat milk directly, it may cause diarrhea, because kittens can’t digest milk well.
2. Fast growing period: 2 months to 6 months
After weaning, the kittens enter the rapid growth period, which lasts until the kittens reach the age of 6 months. During this period, kittens need high-quality food with balanced nutrition and high protein and calories to supply various nutrients and energy needed for rapid growth. In terms of the energy required per unit weight, fast-growing kittens need twice as much energy as adult cats; however, they have small mouths, small teeth and small stomachs, so they can’t eat and digest enough food in one meal. Therefore, from weaning to six months old, kittens must eat at least three meals a day. Because kittens need a lot of nutrition and heat energy, they must eat high-quality Kitten Food with special formula. This kind of high-quality Kitten Food is characterized by meat as the main raw material, and it is very easy to digest and contains a lot of nutrients, which can meet the special nutritional needs of young cats.
3. Rapid maturity: from 6 months to 12 months
When the young cats reach the size similar to adult cats after rapid growth period, their nutritional requirements are different. After the age of six months, the growth rate of cats begins to slow down, and the amount of activity will be slightly reduced. At this time, they eat more food per meal, so they can reduce the number of meals per day. Although the cat’s size is very similar to that of an adult cat, it will grow up a little bit. Many cat owners will give their cats different foods when they reach sexual maturity; in fact, cats like to eat high-quality dry cat food; at this time, we can add a little nutritious canned cat food to the dry cat food to meet their different nutritional requirements due to their slow growth.
4. Change from baby cat food to cat food
When the cat reaches one year old, it needs to eat adult cat food specially formulated for adult cat; adult cat no longer needs a lot of heat and nutrients provided by Kitten Food. Remember to follow the same rule when changing pet food: gradually change it within 5-7 days. During the period of changing diet, we should pay special attention to monitor the weight of the cat and adjust the feeding amount according to the weight of the cat at any time. Most cats eat a certain amount of food according to the amount of heat they need, so they can be fed by any method. However, if the cat only moves indoors, because the amount of activity is not large, the free feeding method may cause overweight problem; therefore, the method of twice daily ration feeding can be adopted to prevent the cat from being overweight.
5. Avoid feeding human food
Feeding human food to young cats can cause unnecessary disturbing behaviors, such as the bad habit of begging for food or stealing food. Feeding home cooked food, feeding young cats with adult cat food (especially weight-loss cat food), or adding vitamins and other nutritional supplements to a fully balanced cat food may result in malnutrition.
Nutrition for kittens
Cats are absolutely carnivorous animals. They must obtain nutrients only contained in meat. For example, if the cat’s food lacks sufficient taurine (an essential amino acid for cats, only animal meat contains), it will cause problems such as growth retardation, blindness, heart disease, reproductive dysfunction, etc. Young cats and adult cats must have plenty of fresh and clean drinking water at any time. At the same time, they must also take them to the veterinary hospital for regular inspection to maintain their physical and mental health and maintain their best condition.
It is best for young cats to eat special milk powder or milk cake. Foods with high salt content must not be fed to young cats. At the same time, proper nutrition cream and other health products should be fed to strengthen the resistance of young cats.