Feeding your kitten: tips and recommendations
Posted on December 18 2018
A kitten will grow extremely fast. In a few weeks, his morphology will change and his adult weight will be three quarters. Feeding it is of course essential, by adding quantity and especially quality. Our advices.
For a kitten, there is no better food than breast milk. The latter contains all the essential ingredients for your kitten. Indeed, his mother will transmit the appropriate proteins to his tissue and organic development . Milk also contains calcium , magnesium and a plethora of minerals that will provide sufficient consistency and resistance to your kitten's bones and teeth. Nevertheless, they do not need to wait until weaning is over to begin feeding on harder foods.
After 3 to 4 weeks, your kitten is able to eat a food of a stronger consistency. Choose good croquettes, rich in minerals and especially in vitamins and proteins. Moisturize its kibbles to soften them and thus facilitate absorption by your kitten.
Initially, do not overeat your kitten. Small portions should be offered several times a day. Remember that your cat's stomach, let alone your kitten, is tiny . In addition, its digestive tract does not support radical changes. He must therefore adapt slowly to his new diet.
Avoid feeding milk to your kitten. At best, his solid food will be supplemented with breast milk given by his mother. The bottle could develop a hyperattacking behavior of your cat towards you.
After 7 to 8 weeks, your kitten stops feeding to his mother and switches to an exclusively solid diet.
What pace of meals?
Due to a stomach between very small, your kitten will eat several times a day in very small quantities . Each breed of cat has its specificities. You will need to get closer to your veterinarian to better adapt the food of your kitten and evaluate his daily rations.
The quality of the food
Your kitten should eat reasonably well until adulthood (and even after). His food must meet all his needs: proteins, minerals, vitamins. You should avoid giving him dietary supplements that are not necessarily recommended during his growth phase, which generally lasts one year. In addition to the nutritional quality of the food given to your cat, make sure that it matches his taste.
You should not hesitate to regularly weigh your kitten and so be careful that it does not take too much weight too fast.
Finally, avoid giving food just out of the fridge to your kitten. He actually prefers food at room temperature .
Avoid milk to hydrate your kitten, which is after its weaning period. Prefer water . Be careful, if your cat is recalcitrant to drink water, it may be too calcareous or not to his liking . You will have to adapt.
The growth of a kitten usually lasts 12 months . Then, your kitten becomes a cat and its size will not move anymore. Do not necessarily change its type of food (moistened solid or solid). Nevertheless, your cat is now ready to feed on adult food, which meets his needs other than when he was small. The change must take place gradually so as not to cause digestive disorders to your kitten.
If your kitten has difficult tastes?It can happen sometimes that your kitten is recalcitrant to eat. He can totally turn away from his food. Out, it is imperative that it feeds to grow without deficiency. Your kitten can find a food hardly to his liking. You will have to search for kibbles perhaps more odorous to bait him.
Nevertheless, as a rule, there is no problem with your kitten's appetite. On the other hand, afterwards, he can develop food addictions according to his diet. Make sure that it is always well adapted.