Pets often have similar nutritional requirements as humans.
Cats and kittens both need the same amount of fat, the same amount of some fatty acids, and the same amount of most vitamins. However, kittens need more protein, more amino acids, more minerals, and more of some vitamins.
Kittens also have sensitive digestive system, and it may be difficult for them to digest some food types which can lead to diarrhea and upset stomachs.
Feeding Kittens the Best Kitten Food
Most experts recommend you feed your kitten formulated kitten food until age 1. Some cat foods will be labeled that its appropriate for all ages but make sure you verify that is the case and that they can support their claim.
You need to feed your kitten the right amount of food and feed your kitten at the proper times. There are many options available such as dried, canned, and even homemade recipes.
Talk to you veterinarian. Specialists can provide you with a food chart that you can follow for your pet’s daily food requirements.
Homemade Kitten Food Recipes
Cooking your kitten homemade meals can be a lot fun, especially if you are already a cook. If you’re not already a cook try it out and it may turn into a new hobby for you.
Cooking your own homemade recipes puts more of your kittens health into your control. Homemade meals can help ensure that you will be feeding your pet good, healthy, low carb, and fresh food such as…
- Meat. Poultry, fish, and other small animals.
- Milk. Provides proper nutrients.
- Cheese. Contains some elements of milk.
- Veggies. Green leafy ones may be hard to digest but others such as green beans and carrots are great.
Trying to create your own homemade kitten dishes may be a little intimidating, but you don’t have to do it on you own. You can learn how to create quick and healthy recipes with the Good Food Guide for Cats from FoodForMyCat.com which has over 40 pages of recipes that you can start cooking today.
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Dried and Canned Kitten Food
There are many high quality canned kitten food on the market that have both high protein and moisture which is not only nutritious but can reduce constipation and help increase hydration.
Wellness canned kitten food is one option that you can find at large pet stores such as Petco.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition offer food with carefully formulated nutrition such as canned Kitten Liver & Chicken and canned Salmon.
Many people feed their pets dried food because it’s convenient and pets like it. Some dried food brands that even claim to reduce fur balls and boost over all health.
Generally, canned food are considered to be better than dried because many dried options don’t have enough protein and little water.
Also some dried as well as other commercial cat foods are high in alkaline. There have been some studies performed on cats with high alkaline diets which have shown that cats with high alkaline diets were unhealthier overall.
However, there are many dried brands out there with formulas for kittens and cats. Hill’s Pet Nutrition offers a Kitten Healthy Development and Kitten Indoor dried options.
No matter what food you choose for your kitten, a diet high in fresh meat, fish and poultry should really be the priority.
Kitten Food Supplements
Many commercial kitten foods are nutritionally complete and balanced with sufficient protein and the essential vitamins and minerals.
If your kitten is getting a well balanced diet there is no reason to give it supplements unless there is a specific medical condition diagnosed by a vet.
In fact vitamin and mineral supplements could actually be upset the natural nutritional balance doing more harm than good.
There are a lot of good vitamin and mineral supplements on the market such as kitten food pellets which are formulated to have all the nutrients for your pet, but it is best to give these to your pet based on sound advice from a good vet.
If your kitten is ill, has lost body fluid, or has diarrhea then supplements may be necessary. There are also some supplements that can help with fur balls and other need specific problems. Regardless, it’s wise to first check with your vet.
Kitten Feeding Tips
Do regular feedings at the same time every day but use the feeding guidelines on the food label.
Even though you might see your cat eating bits and pieces off the ground outside it is very important to ensure a high level of hygiene is maintained at all times.
Provide your kitten with fresh meals. Do not give them food that has been left out for a day, and do not mix fresh food with leftovers. If you find yourself throwing out too much food then you may be feeding them too much.
Clean dishes between feedings using hot water. Do not use detergents or unhealthy cleaning agents.
Always have a supply of fresh water available.
Feed them low carb food such as yogurt, small amounts of some types of baby vegetables, and an occasional cooked egg yolk can make a good snack.
Familiarize your kitten with their food bowl by putting food in it when its feeding time and they will eventually go there for their food.
There are several foods that you should never feed your cat, as they will not only make it feel unwell but in some instances can be extremely detrimental to its health and well-being.
No Dog food. Dog food does meet the nutritional needs of cats specifically protein or Taurine.
No Dinner Scraps. The food we eat does not provide the correct nutritional balance for kittens.
No Chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to kittens and they can become very ill.
No Bones. Do not give bones to your kitten. Bones can splinter and get caught in their throat and intestinal track.
No garlic or onions. These contain compounds that can damage red blood cells in kittens.