How do kittens nutritional needs differ from those of adult cats?
Adult cats have naturally high protein requirements, but these are further increased in the growing kitten. Kittens need extra protein to synthesise tissue for growth. Food for kittens should be specially formulated to supply all of the essential amino acids they require, as well as provide an optimal intake of energy, protein, taurine and essential minerals such as calcium and phosphorus to promote strong bones and teeth. The omega 3 fatty acid DHA is essential for the development of brain and nervous tissue. Kittens receive DHA via their mother’s milk, and after weaning it should be provided in their kitten food. All meat diets are not complete and balanced and tend to be low in calcium which can lead to a mineral imbalance.
Kittens should be fed multiple small meals spread throughout the day. The feeding guide on kitten food packaging should be used as the starting point. The kitten’s health and body condition should be monitored to enable any necessary feeding adjustments to be made. Always ensure there is access to a continual supply of fresh, clean drinking water.
How to switch from one food to another?
Food changes, especially for kittens, should be made gradually to help avoid digestive upset.
If feeding NUTRO™ Kitten Food for the first time or changing formulas, we suggest blending increasing amounts of the new formula with your old cat food for six days. This enables your kitten’s digestive system to adjust to their new diet, and reduces the chances of dietary upsets occurring.
What should you keep away from a kitten?
Kittens are adventurous and curious by nature, so it’s important to safeguard their environment. Common household items that may seem benign to us can be harmful, even deadly to kittens. Human foods that should never be offered to a kitten include stone fruits such as apricots, nuts such as almonds and macadamias, avocado, grapes, raisins as well as onion and garlic. In addition, never give your kitten any medication that has not been prescribed by your Vet and avoid flea and tick medications formulated for dogs. Ensure that household cleaners are kept out of paw’s reach and research the type of house plants you have as common ones such as cyclamen and lilies are poisonous to kittens and cats.