cat-nutrition

 


 

What should I feed my Kitten ?

Premium growth diets are specifically designed for kittens and are the best way to ensure your kitten receives the right amount of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals in the correct proportions for growth. Dry and canned varieties are available and kittens can be fed a mixture according to feeding guidelines on the label.

Kittens can be started on canned food or moistened biscuits from 3 – 4 weeks of age while still on their mother and should be fully weaned by 8 weeks old. Kittens need be fed at least 3 times day until they are 4 – 5 months old, then gradually reduce to 2 feeds a day by the time they are 8 - 9 months old.

 


 

How much should I feed my kitten?

Kittens should be offered as much food as they like at each meal to ensure they have an adequate intake of nutrients – they are unlikely to overeat at this stage in their life.

Kittens vary in their individual requirements and some grow at a faster than others. They will generally eat enough to satisfy their needs within 20 minutes or so.

 


 

Tips on feeding your kitten

Serve cat food at room temperature – warm food smells better. Any changes in diet need to be made gradually over 5 - 7 days to avoid digestive upsets. Don’t disturb your kitten while feeding. Place feeding and drinking bowls in a quiet place and keep them clean. Always have a fresh supply of water available.

Use a high quality food designed for kittens – supplements won’t be required. All-meat diets are inappropriate for kittens and cause bone deformities. Dog or puppy food is not suitable for kittens – they have different requirements.

 


 

Why are cats different to dogs ?

Cats are strict carnivores and require food of animal origin to survive. Cats are unique in that they need specific nutrients which they cannot manufacture in their body, unlike dogs, and are not present in foods of plant origin. These essential nutrients found in animal tissues must be supplied in the cat’s diet and include Vitamin A, taurine and certain fatty acids.

However, meat alone does not supply all the essential nutrients and cats cannot survive on an all-meat diet. In the wild the cat would consume its entire kill, including bones, organs, tendons, skin and muscle to provide the correct balance of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. Meat is low in vitamins and also has an imbalance of calcium and phosphorus, which can affect bone growth.

Cats also require a higher level of protein and fat in their diet than dogs and a lower level of carbohydrates. From this you can see that dog food is not a suitable diet for your cat.top

 


 

Which food should I choose?

Nutritional requirements of cats change according to their age, level of activity, reproductive status and health.

Premium pet foods made from high quality ingredients are designed to consistently provide a complete and balanced diet for all life stages of your cat. They are available in dry or canned (wet) forms and being complete mean that supplements are not required. Home-prepared diets require special care to be well balanced and are best designed in conjunction with your vet’s advice.top

 


 

How much should I feed my cat?

Animals will usually eat enough to satisfy their energy needs. Use the recommendations on the product label as a guideline to ensure you are not under or over-feeding your cat.

Kittens under three months of age should be be fed four times a day, then gradually reduce the feeds to twice a day by twelve months of age. Adult cats are usually fed morning and night while some like to have lunchtime feed as well. Cats have a relatively small stomach and naturally prefer smaller meals more often.

Some cats are prone to obesity and you may need to reduce their intake or change the type of food you are using to a light formula or one designed specifically for weight loss.
Don’t forget your cat needs exercise, too and plenty of fresh water.top

Ask your Park Vet Clinic in Caloundra for advices on how much to feed your cat.

 


 

Tips on feeding your Cat

Serve cat food at room temperature as the smell encourages the cat to eat.

Avoid feeding large amounts of raw fish and liver, which can harm your cat.

Remove uneaten portions of food and replace with a fresh supply.

Cats like privacy so feed separately to dogs and other cats in a quiet place.

Fresh water should be available at all times.top