Kittens grow rapidly in the first six months of their life, developing 75 per cent of their adult body weight. It’s vital your kitten is fed the right food to nourish a growing body.
Feeding your kitten
The best food for kittens in their first three weeks is their mother’s milk. This provides all the required nutrients and passes on vital antibodies to protect against various diseases.
By seven weeks, kittens should be completely weaned from their mothers and it becomes your job to provide a complete and balanced diet.
The best source of nutrition comes from commercially produced cat food, specifically designed to meet the needs of growing kittens.
Kittens need the right balance of the six major nutrient groups: proteins, fats and oils, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates and water.
If you decide to feed your kitten human food, make sure you avoid onions, chocolate and dairy products, as these can be harmful or even poisonous to kittens.
For example, some cats like cheese, yoghurt and scrambled eggs but remember that human foods are nutritionally unbalanced and should not be fed too frequently.
Repeatedly adding raw eggs to a cat’s diet can cause a deficiency of vitamin biotin, which can lead to dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), loss of hair and poor growth.
By six months, the rate of development begins to slow down and your kitten’s nutritional requirements begin to diminish. You should watch how much you feed your pet around this time, as she could begin to develop weight problems. You only really need to feed her twice a day.
By 12 months, kittens are ready for adult food.
Purina brands for kittens
Purina has specifically formulated food to meet the needs of growing kittens, each the result of the very latest scientific advances in quality, taste and nutrition.
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