As we all know, young cats are relatively weak in all aspects of resistance, and need far more nutrition than adult cats. In terms of kitten feeding, owners should pay more attention not to feed young cats to eat human food, but to choose cat food suitable for young cats, so as to meet the nutritional needs of young cats.
First, kittens have special nutritional needs
There are two periods in the growth process of kittens, the first is a very fast growing period, followed by sexual maturity. In these two periods, proper nutrition is needed to make the young cats grow into healthy and strong adult cats.
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 all kinds of 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 the cats began to slow down, and the amount of activity decreased slightly. At this time, the amount of food eaten per meal was larger, so the number of meals per day could be reduced. Although the cat’s body shape is very similar to that of an adult cat, it will still grow up. 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 random feeding method may cause overweight problem; therefore, the method of twice daily ration feeding can be adopted to prevent the cat from being too fat.
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 and must obtain the nutrients only meat contains. 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. Kittens and adult cats must have fresh and clean drinking water at any time, and they must also be taken to the veterinary hospital for regular inspection to maintain their physical and mental health and maintain their best condition.