Monday, November 24, 2008
When you first take a kitten home feed it on the same food it has been used to. A sudden change of diet combined with the stress of adapting to a new home can cause stomach upsets and diarrhoea. If you want to change the diet, do so gradually by mixing it with the kitten's usual food. Kittens have small stomachs and have to be fed little and often, like babies. It can be very difficult to put together a homemade diet which provides all the nutrients required by growing kittens - it is a great deal easier to feed a good quality commercial kitten food and spend the time playing with the kitten instead! There are foods which have been specially formulated for kittens because they have different nutritional needs to the fully grown cat.
Read and follow the feeding instructions carefully.
If the food is marked 'complete' it contains everything the kitten needs to stay healthy. If it is marked 'complementary' it does not supply all the kitten needs and should be fed with other foods.
Kittens aged 8-12 weeks need four meals a day,
Kittens aged 3-6 months three meals,
Kittens over 6 months old need two meals.
You may want to provide some dry food on an ad lib basis - it depends very much on your lifestyle, what your kitten likes and is used to and if you have other cats in the house with certain feeding routines and habits.
Do not give your kitten cow's milk as it can cause diarrhea. If you wish to feed milk use one that is specially formulated for cats. Diarrhea that persists for more than 24 hours requires veterinary attention.
Fresh drinking water should be available at all times.