How to feed a kitten?
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Together with the kitten, joy, fun and ... anxiety come to the house. First of all, how to properly care for your baby, how and what to feed the kitten so that he grows up healthy and active.
Consider the main issues related to nutrition kitten: what to feed, how often, what portions, etc.
Kitten's diet depending on age
Usually, a kitten is taken home after a month, as weaning is very undesirable for a baby at an earlier age. But circumstances sometimes turn out differently than they should ideally be. If you got a very young baby who is only a couple of weeks old, you should become his second mom-cat. What does she feed her baby? That's right, milk. Be sure to give the kitten in this age milk formulas. You can feed them from a pipette or baby bottle.
Kitten 3-4 weeks
With 3-4 weeks of life, fluffystics should already be taught to more solid food. Start, for example, with a soft, low-fat cottage cheese, slightly diluted with milk.If the kitten does not begin to eat itself, resort to tricks: try smearing it with cottage cheese on the nose - it will lick and understand that it is tasty. You can give baby meat puree or finely chopped meat. The transition to solid foods should be done gradually: add it to the milk mixture two or three times a day.
Kitten more than 3-4 months
After 3-4 months, the kitten can be fed 2-3 times a day with solid food. At the same time be sure to make it so that in a free access he has a bowl of clean water. Before you feed the kitten with dry food, it is better to consult a specialist. Remember that in no case should you leave an animal that eats dry food, without water - it is deadly!
General tips on feeding adult kittens
- Do not choose to feed dry food from cheap advertised manufacturers - they are made from low-quality products, which in the future may adversely affect the health of the pet. Choose premium foods: Royal Canin, Eagle pack, Purina Pro Plan, etc.
- If you want to teach your pet to natural food, then remember a few basic rules. Food should be varied so that the kitten does not grow into a picky cat.All spicy, smoked, sweet or salty is not suitable for the diet of cats. Also, do not feed the pet off the table: firstly, so that it does not grow up as a beggar, and secondly, because in general, human food is not suitable for kittens.
- The diet of natural food should include lean meat (pork is not suitable), dairy products, egg yolk, cereals and vegetables. Be sure to freely available clean filtered water.
- All the food for the kitten is thoroughly crushed, remove solid particles and bones. You can not give large pieces.
- The food for the kitten should not be too cold or too hot, let the food be moderately warm.
- These products should not be given to a cat at any age: meat and fish bones, potatoes, legumes, spices, vitamins and medicines for people.
- It is better if you observe one type of kitten food: either only food or only natural food. Mix them together is not recommended. If you still plan to feed the kitten with both, then the main should be food, and natural products should be used for complementary feeding. Once or twice a day you can give fish, meat or dairy products.
How many times and what portions to feed a kitten?
- At the age of 1-2 weeks, the kitten needs 30-40 ml of the mixture for every 100 g of cat weight every 4 hours. Be alert to the temperature of the mixture: 30-32 degrees - ideal.
- From 3 to 4 weeks of the baby's life, let him have the mixture already in large quantities: 46-53 ml per 100 g of weight, also 4 times a day. The temperature of the food is gradually reduced to 28-30 degrees. From the third week the kitten can be given a mixture to lap up independently from a small plate. But it is better that he do it under your supervision.
- From 3-4 weeks of a kitten's life, let's feed a little, but often: four times a day. Temperature - 28-30 degrees. Also watch how the baby goes to the tray. With a normal diet, the kitten is relieved 2-3 times a day.
- After 3-4 months, when the kitten has switched to solid food, it can be fed 2-3 times a day. Temperature - 24-26 degrees. Remember that in no case should you leave an animal that eats dry food without water. If you have any suspicious symptoms in your kitten, such as constipation or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How to understand that the food is suitable kitten?
By the appearance of both a small kitten and an adult cat, it is possible to determine how good the regime and diet are for him.In general, if the kitten looks healthy and well-groomed, energetic, we can say that the food suits him.
Consider the following signs:
- The kitten is normally well-fed: not fat, but not thin. His ribs do not stick out, but they are easy to probe.
- Brilliant smooth coat.
- Pet in good physical condition.
- Maintained a constant healthy weight.
- The volume of the stool is small (about 1/4 of all eaten).
- Watch the kitten's weight: a normal kitten weighs between 80 and 125 g at birth (on average, 90 g), on days 7–9 - 160–250 g., At 8 weeks - from 900 to 1300 g.