FEEDING A KITTEN PROPERLY
Young animals are adorable, playful and cute, but many people who receive a kitten as a gift do not know much about cats or about feeding them properly.
Newborn kittens receive all their nutritional needs from mothers milk for about the first four weeks of life. After that, solid food is gradually introduced, and after a few more weeks they are completely weaned.
Kittens need an energy dense food that will supply enough energy in a small quantity of food, to suit their small stomachs. It is important that the kittens food is 100% complete and balanced as are all complete commercial foods for cats and kittens available in the market.
- Do not disturb your kitten while she is eating, and keep young children away from her during mealtimes.
Food and water bowls should be placed in a quiet, out-of-the-way place.
- Be sure your kitten has fresh water at all times, especially during warmer weather. Frequent drinking will help your kitten keep her system healthy. Water should be changed at least twice a day.
- Read the pet food labels carefully and follow the feeding instructions, but remember they are only guidelines. The amount of food a kitten needs will vary with its age, weight, temperament, environment and activity level.
- If you are using dry food (pellets), leave a recommended daily quantity in your kittens dish and let her choose her own mealtimes; otherwise kittens need three meals a day until they are 6 months old and then two meals a day.
- Do not supplement your kittens food with cows milk, particularly if you are feeding a commercial food that is nutritionally balanced and complete. Most cats cannot digest the lactose in milk and may develop abdominal pains, flatulence and diarrhoea.
Feeding a kitten properly will save money on vet bills, and means you will enjoy the companionship of a healthy pet.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding pet food, contact PFI Executive Director, Barry Hundley at +27 (0)33-343-2874 or email@example.com.