[thrive_drop_caps color=’orange’ style=’2′]A[/thrive_drop_caps]re you a first time kitten pet owner? If someone just gave you a cute fur ball or you bought one of these cuties for yourself, you might be feeling curious what to feed your cat.
Of course, you might have some idea what to feed your kittens after asking from the person who gave it from you. You might be asking though, what does Kittens eat?
I’ve had a few kittens myself and I would love to help you out on this topic. For those who are new to raising kitties, here’s some helpful info on what you can feed them.
Newborn Kittens Need Milk: Learn Feeding Directly from the Bottle
If the mother cat is not around to take care of her babies, you may need to bottle-feed the kittens. Kittens, especially those that were just born depend on milk as their primary form of nourishment. If you can’t give milk to a kitten, it may suffer greatly.
The bottle-feeding process is not that difficult, however, here are some pointers that could immensely help you. First off, you should always check if a kitten is warm enough before feeding. If you hold the kitten in your hand and it is old, try to warm it up first.
If you are confused how to determine if the kitten is cold, try to feel under the pads of the hand or feel the mouth of the kitten. To warm up the kitten, put it close to your body and wrap it with a blanket for about 20 minutes.
The best milk to feed kittens is the powdered variety not the liquid canned milk. Feeding should also be done every three hours. Otherwise, your kitten might suffer from diarrhea and dehydration.
Kittens that are still under four weeks will require this kind of sustenance since they are still incapable of digesting solid food. This phase might seem to be a bit demanding and it can be tiring, that’s true. However, it is totally worth it once you see those kittens grown into naughty cats.
Just a final note on kitten milk, be sure to check the expiry date and never feed them expired products. Once you have opened the milk, keep it refrigerated. You will recognize fresh powdered milk because the smell is sweet similar to the milk you consume.
Choose Balanced Commercial Food: Kittens Need More Nutrition
At about eight weeks old, kittens can be weaned off milk. This means that you can start feeding them something other than bottled milk.
If you ever decide to go for commercial kitten feeds, make sure that it contains the necessary nutrients for Fluffy. One of the best choices that you have is to go for canned food. Mostly, kittens have a hard time with dry food so it is better to choose something wet.
However, you may also feed the kitten both canned and dry food. If this is the case, you can feed canned food just twice a day. But if they get their nutrition just from canned food, you should increase feeding frequency to four times daily.
One of the best ways to gauge whether a cat food would be ideal for a cat or not is to compare it against the
Kittens Need Variety in Their Diet: Go For Human-grade Raw Meat
Often, variety is always good for your kitten. When you are planning to feed raw food to your kitty, never shift to a vegetarian diet. By nature, cats are carnivores and they need meat in their diet.
Also remember that you are feeding meat to baby cats. So, you need to dice the pieces of either chicken or lamb. Irrespective of the kind of meat you decide to give your kitty, you need to make sure that it is fresh.
Be well aware that you should steer clear from raw meat until your cat is about 20 weeks old unless the meat is on the bone. This is important because doing so could deprive your cat from getting sufficient nutrition. Needless to say, it would always be wise to check with your vet to see if raw meat is ideal for your cat.
As much as possible, go for human grade meat but don’t feed the kitten anything that may contain preservatives such as ham. Often, pet meat contains harmful ingredients that can harm your beloved pet. You may also feed boiled chicken to your kitten.
Sardines, tuna and other fish products may also be fed to your cat as a treat. However, you need to control the amount of fish products that is consumed by your kitty. Vegetables can also be a good source of nutrition but your kitten’s diet should not be mainly veggies or they will lack protein and other necessary nutrients.
Try to feed your cat at least four times a day during this time. Also, don’t feed caffeine products to kitty as most cats shouldn’t be fed with these.
Kittens require high levels of nutrition mainly because they are still growing. But this does not mean that you have to feed kitty all the time. Obese kittens are actually unhealthy and if you want to take good care of that cat, you need to make sure that it is getting enough nutrition but not too much.
When you ever feel unsure if you should be feeding your cat something or not, you can always ask your vet. Remember that it would always be ideal to err on the side of caution when it comes to choosing what to feed your kitty. When they are young, cats can be vulnerable to all kinds of diseases.
Taking care of a kitten can be challenging but it would be totally worth it especially if your kitty grows into a healthy full-grown cat. Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!