30 November 2017 - Updated 15 October 2018

The Right Diet for your Kitten

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The Right Diet for your Kitten

Kittens can eat as much as they like, as their nutritional needs are based on their breed, temperament and activity levels, so kittens who love to play will need to consume more for energy than little sleepy-heads. A little “kitten fat” won’t hurt, but you should always be able to feel their ribs through their fur.

  • 10-12 Weeks: In the first weeks after your kitten comes home with you, you should start by using the food that the kitten is already used to. After a while, you can gradually start to mix in new food with the old food, increasing the proportion of new food every day until the kitten is used to it. Growing kittens have a greater vitamin and mineral requirement than adult cats so you should ensure that you are using a quality kitten food to meet these needs.
  • Up to 4 months: Feed your kitten four meals per day, evenly spaced across the day. Keep the feeding times consistent, and make sure one of the mealtimes is before bedtime, so that your kitten does not wake up hungry during the night.
  • 4 - 6 Months: From the fourth month onwards, reduce the number of mealtimes to 3 per day.
  • From 7 months: From the seventh month onwards, it is worthwhile reducing your kitten’s mealtimes to 2 per day: one in the morning and one at night.

Liquids

If you are feeding your kitten wet food, they already have some liquid in their diet, but you still need to provide a bowl of fresh water for them to drink. This is especially important if they are eating dried food. Many cats can’t tolerate cow’s milk because of the high lactose content, but you can offer your kitten special reduced-lactose cat milk as a nutritional supplement.

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