When feeding kittens, it is important to ensure their healthy development and well-being. Here are some important aspects to consider when feeding your kitten:
FIRST WEEKS FEEDING A KITTEN
A newborn kitten should be fed breast milk or a special kitten formula. If there is no mother’s milk, a veterinarian can be consulted for advice on suitable formula. You can start weaning your kitten from its mother’s milk at 4-8 weeks.
SWITCHING TO SOLID FOOD WHEN FEEDING A KITTEN:
At around 3-4 weeks of age, kittens gradually start eating solid food. Start feeding a special kitten food that is easy to digest and contains the necessary nutrients. At Pet.ee you will find special dry and wet food for kittens. Once the cat’s teeth have been replaced with permanent teeth, at around 12 months of age, it can gradually start to switch to adult cat food.
FEED THE KITTEN FREQUENTLY AND IN SMALL PORTIONS.
Kittens need more frequent meals than adult cats. The digestive system of a cassava is still small and not yet able to absorb large portions at a time. Start by giving small portions several times a day. Then reduce the number of meals and increase the portion size as the kitten grows.
Make sure your kitten always has access to fresh, clean water. Water ensures healthy digestion.
NUTRIENT BALANCE IN THE DIET OF A SHE-GOAT
Kittens need a balanced diet containing proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Consult a veterinarian for advice. For an indicative feeding recommendation, see our partner Pro-Nutrition’s calculator. The calculator is in English.
The best food for a kitten is:
– Grain-free or with low grain content
– Immunity boosting
– Easy to digest
– Balanced mineral content to maintain urinary tract health
– Protein rich. Contains proteins of animal origin
– Free of artificial flavourings, preservatives and colourings
MODIFYING THE FEEDING OF A KITTEN
Changes in the diet should be made gradually to avoid digestive upsets and digestive problems. Here are some tips if you still want to do it:
- Start giving new food in small amounts. Mix the new food with the existing food, gradually increasing the proportion of new food. Do this over a period of about a week, but this may vary depending on your kitten’s individual needs.
- Watch your kitten’s reaction to the new food. If you notice indigestion, vomiting, diarrhoea or loss of appetite, stop giving the new food and contact your vet if necessary.
- Try to keep your kitten’s mealtimes and diet stable, especially during the transition. This will help prevent gastrointestinal irritation and give the kitten a sense of comfort.
- Keep a close eye on your kitten’s behaviour, digestion, faecal quality and general health during and after the transition. If you notice any worrying changes, contact your vet.
Each cat’s digestive system may respond differently to dietary changes. Some cats adapt quickly to a new diet, but others may need a calmer transition. If you are worried about changing your kitten’s diet, consult your veterinarian for precise instructions and recommendations according to your kitten’s individual needs.
TASTE OF CASSAVA FOOD
The taste of kitten food is an important factor influencing a kitten’s appetite. It’s important to find a food that your kitten likes. Here are some tips that can help improve the taste of your cat’s food:
- Try different flavours and textures in kitten food! Some kittens may prefer dry food, while others prefer wet food (canned). Experiment with different brands and recipes and see which food your kitten likes best.
- Warm up your food! Some kittens prefer heated food as it brings out the thinness of the food better. Make sure you heat food as little as possible and don’t overheat it.
- Add natural fragrances to your food! Sometimes adding flavourings to food can help to get the kitten more interested in it. Give only natural foods. For example, tuna oil or chicken broth.
- Refresh the quality of food! Cats usually prefer fresh, high-quality food. If a kitten’s food is left unopened for a long time or is out of date, the taste of the food is affected. Make sure you keep food containers properly closed and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for storing food.
- Add sweets! Sometimes some of your kitten’s favourite treats can help to improve her appetite and taste for food.
- Be patient! Some kittens can be fussy about changing the taste of food at first. Be patient and give yourself time to get used to the new taste. A gradual transition can help the baby to adapt to the new food.
Remember that kittens can be very picky, especially about the taste of food. If you are concerned about your kitten’s diet or appetite, consult your vet.
It is important to remember that these are general guidelines. Each kitten should be fed according to its individual needs. If you have more specific questions or concerns about feeding your kitten, we advise you to consult a vet who can give you specific instructions according to your kitten’s needs.