Proper kitten nutrition
is important for healthy,
happy adult cats. Whether destined for show or breeding or just a pet,
cats come from healthy kittens.
There is a wide variety
of opinion any time care and
management comes up. There are those who feed just any cat food, some
priced cat foods, some mix kibble and wet food while others say only
is enough for their kittens. Left to their own devices a mother cat
a squirrel and kittens will dine without any thought to “proper
Kitten food from
commercial products have feeding directions
on the bag that often recommend ½-1 ounce three to four times per day.
growing kitten needs top nutrition for proper development and most
is with a formula developed for kittens. During the first weeks kittens
rapidly and can triple in the first month! This kind of
good kitten nutrition.
Along with this demand
it’s important to remember that
kittens have smaller stomachs than adult cats. Smaller amounts several
per day helps insure the proper amounts as well as the
Still other people – and
companies! – insist the same food
can be fed to kittens and adults, but more frequent meals to kittens.
A couple days after
having kittens the queen will usually
have an increase in hunger due to the nutritional demands made on her
nursing kittens. Don’t let her get down in body condition
– if she’s
weight increase her feed. The important thing is that without watching
means that she is feeding the kittens at her expense and that they are
getting as much to eat as she is capable of on a good program.
At 3-4 weeks make a
kitten mush with kitten food and liquid
kitten milk about baby food consistency. This gets them started eating
by 7 to 8 weeks they’re well equipped to eat dry food, drink and use
litterbox. Before weaning the kittens drop the queen’s food in half for
days, which decreases the milk production. As that slows it is then
wean off kittens without mastitis and other risks.
For those wanting to feed
a raw diet an added step for the
kittens is adding in ‘real food’ so they learn to navigate chewing
ground meat, bone meal and other raw foods tht add protein and
directly. Because heat and cooking reduces the nutrition some breeders
this is the best way of feeding. A compromise is buying pre-packaged
put together for kittens.
Whichever way you choose
to feed research, ask questions,
form your own beliefs and choose
what works for your cats no matter
else thinks or says. One case of a very sick kitten was diagnosed with
having FIP or feline leukemia. Against veterinarian suggestion the
raw and the kitten for the first time blossomed in health. Sometimes
experts don’t know everything.
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