Just as babies eat differently from adults, kittens eat much different food from adult cats. At a very young age, kittens need all the help they can get from the milk and food they ingest in order to grow into healthy felines. Here are some feeding kittens tips and guidelines that will ensure you that your kitten is getting enough nutrition right away.
One of the first things you should do is set a fixed feeding schedule and stick to this schedule. This will allow you to keep track of how much your kitten eats, which prevents you from committing the common mistake of overfeeding them. Sticking to a feeding schedule will also help a kitten become more accustomed to its changing diet because it knows what is about to happen and when to expect the next meal.
Now, the question of what to feed a kitten depends mainly on its age. Newborn kittens should only be fed milk from their mother. If this is not available, like in cases when you’ve decided to rescue an abandoned kitten, then warm kitten formula is the next best option. At this stage, kittens should be fed from a bottle or a syringe around every two hours. It is important to burp your kittens after feeding, to help with digestion. Note that newborn kittens generally consume only two tablespoons of milk for every four ounces of their body weight.
During the next three weeks that follow, you can now feed your kitten formula every three hours instead. At this stage, you can start replacing the feeding bottle you’ve been using with a small bowl filled with formula instead.
At the start of around four weeks, you can now begin the process of weaning. This means slowly introducing your kitten to more solid food. When this is being done, provide your kitten with a bowl for food and another bowl for water to make sure it is always properly hydrated. Weaning should be done by slowly mixing formula with dry kitten food and gradually making this mixture less and less moist. After this, your kitten should be able to eat dry kitten food with ease.
The kitten food you buy for your kitten should be high in protein, for kittens tend to develop problems when protein is lacking from their diet. Another tip to remember is not to suddenly switch foods unless necessary. Kittens are finicky creatures, and they may refuse to eat new food once they’ve become accustomed to the smell and taste of their old food.
Kittens should now be fed around three times every day. One of the easiest ways to remember this is to feed your kitten once after your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Kittens only turn into adult cats at the age of one year. Continue feeding your kitten this dry kitten food until that age then slowly change to adult cat food. This is an important change for at that age, your kitten will need a new diet of vitamins and proteins.
Don’t give a kitten food supplements without first asking your vet. Each breed of cats is different, and some may need different vitamins from others.
Follow these guidelines for a quick and easy feeding kitten’s experience.