- Nutrition that must be included in kitten’s food
- Should a kitten take wet or dry food?
- How Much Formula to Feed a Kitten (Age-wise food chart)
- Food for different breed of kitten
- What varieties of food kitty needs?
- Best procedure of feeding a Kitten
- Amount of treat they should have
- Food that needs to be avoided for Kitten
As a new kitten owner may be questioned in mind “How much food does a kitten need?” Taking care of a kitten is like caring for a human baby. They need extra care as they can’t take their food for their own.
Future development depends on how much we are feeding them according to their age. Whether the food contains all the ingredients that are needed for the balanced growth of the kitten or not. It’s a complicated job to feed a kitten as many cautions are needed to be taken.
One should have proper knowledge about the food that should be feed to it. It is a matter of happiness that we can have this information easily by searching on the internet. Many printed books are also available. We can buy them in an online shop. Home delivery is also available.
Also read: Best Kitten Food for Your Baby Cats
Take into account that an experienced owner of a kitten can also give some advice to a new owner of a kitten.
Nutrition that must be included in kitten’s food
The first year of every mammal is very important as they grow very Swift in this time period.
Kittens grow nearly double in a few weeks after their birth. That’s why they need a lot of energy for their development. They can’t get enough energy from just one serving per day. Adult cats need their meal for twice in a day. But kittens need three to four times in a day. So, it is a very important responsibility for their owners to feed them time to time. Kittens need more minerals, proteins, vitamins, amino acids to build up their tissue especially muscles and nervous systems. The main function of protein is to build up the structure of their body. Kittens need more protein and the amount is about 30% about from normal cats. Some owners give their kittens the same food as cats but this is not recommended. They both have different requirements to follow. So, it is wise to choose the right food for your kitten.
Should a kitten take wet or dry food?
It is difficult for kittens to break down hard kibbles with their little teeth. A little amount of water contains in kibbles. So, it is hard to swallow it. Their hydration needs are not fulfilled with it. If no alternative is found, make kibbles hydrated or feed it water after meal. Canned wet food works better in this situation. They also have nutrients in dense and taste better. But they are expensive. Some owners combine them to lower the cost which is helpful too. This also balances nutrition requirements. Feed the kitten four times a day if wet canned food is served. But in case of combined food, feed them twice.
How Much Formula to Feed a Kitten (Age-wise food chart)
Find out your kitty’s age. Different time period has different requirements. Get a chart for it. A weekly basis chart is given below.
4-8 weeks Kitten Food
Mix kitten milk and dry kitten food in 3:1 ratio for the first week. The following week, mix kitten milk and dry food in 2:1 ratio. Gradually liquid content is reduced. At the last stage give them ¼ to 1/3 cup of food in each serving.
2 to 3 months Kitten Food
Feed them 1/3 to ¾ cup per serving for at least four times per day. Actually, they need more food at this stage of development. But their stomach is still growing and can’t have much food they need. So, feed them time to time but not in excess at the same time.
3 to 6 months Kitten Food
In case of dry food, feed them 1/3 to 1 cup of kitten food per serving 3 times per day. For wet canned food, give 2/3 of a 3-ounce canned food for every pound of its body weight on daily basis.
6 to 12 months Kitten Food
Feed ½ to 3-ounce of canned kitten food for every pound of body weight per day.
Food for different breed of kitten
There are many varieties in cat. The different breed has different requirements. It’s difficult to determine the right requirement of food for them. A vet can help in this. Consult with your vet for the best suggestion or you can take it to an animal hospital. They can also check the vital condition and whether it is sick or not.
What varieties of food kitty needs?
Cats are picky eaters. Make them used to having varieties of food taste. They should practice this in earlier age. Otherwise, they won’t do it at an older age. If they get the same food over and over, then they will only get one flavor and a particular type of nutrition. It is better to feed varieties of food by turns. Don’t mix old and new food in a bowl. Give them on different plates. They will eat old one along with new. After some time stop giving it the old one. Do it often. Not always. Rapid change in food may lead to stomach upset. Kitten may starve by this.
Best procedure of feeding a Kitten
Kittens need time to time feeding. But when they get older they generally eat two times per day. Feeding frequently will help those that have smaller stomach. This helps kittens to grow faster. Kittens that play a lot, get hungry easily as they lose energy fast. Frequent eating is the best solution for this.
Amount of treat they should have
Kittens get happy when they get treated. So, you should give it some treat if it does some good. But what should be the amount? It is good to give it treat not more than ten percent of its calorie needs.
Food that needs to be avoided for Kitten
Raw meat and liver contain harmful bacteria and parasites. Cooked or grilled meat is better. Raw eggs have Salmonella that decreases the ability to absorb vitamin B which leads to skin and hair coat problems. Raw fish sometimes causes loss of appetite. Raw milk has many harmful bacteria in it. They can cause diarrhea as some cat may not have the enzymes that break down milk into simple food. Garlic, onion, chocolate, grapes are toxic to some kittens and cats.