Video: Feeding The Kitten
The appearance of a kitten in the house. When buying a kitten, you should ask the breeder about the kitten's diet or get from him a list of foods to which the kitten is accustomed. Ignoring this data is your biggest danger, since only the previous owner of the animal knows what the kitten likes and dislikes.
A kitten can enjoy a variety of foods. But you must make sure that his diet is balanced. The special kitten diet available on the market is designed to meet all dietary requirements and does not require additional supplements. Too high a level of vitamins and minerals can cause as much problems as too low.
If you are feeding your kitten with natural food, then you need to know what other supplements are needed. If you are unsure, see your veterinarian. Don't give your kitten a lot of fresh meat or liver. All dietary changes should be made gradually. So, for example, the transition to a new food in a new home should take place for at least 2 weeks.
During the first 3 months of life, the kitten is fed four times a day. By 6-7 months, you need to switch to three meals a day. The growth of a kitten slows down by about a year. By this time, it is most convenient and useful to feed only 2 times a day.
How can food intake vary ? Here's an example:
breakfast is meat;
afternoon tea - afternoon tea - an egg or canned food or milk (if the animal takes milk);
lunch - meat or fish;
dinner - an egg or canned food or milk.
You can swap breakfast and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner if it is more convenient for you. If you are short on time, give first something that can be prepared quickly and easily, and set aside the food that takes longer to prepare.
Contents. Meat - rabbit, chicken, turkey, beef, lean lamb, good-quality horse meat, fresh cuts from your table, kidney, heart, liver (lightly cooked and served in very moderation), good quality raw minced meat. Take care and remove bones from chicken and rabbit, especially those that split or split and can injure the digestive tract. Large, non-splitting bones are good for kittens to chew on, especially when the kitten is changing milk teeth to permanent ones at the age of 5-6 months.
Fish - any white fish, sardines, etc. cooked with bones. Although it is a good food, fish should not be fed too often.
Canned food is a great option - try with different contents and different options. Good quality canned cat food contains all the essential nutrients and vitamins in precise proportions. However, some types of canned food can be too high in their content and can cause diarrhea.
Eggs are raw yolk (not white) or cooked whole. If you feed the kitten with concentrated (condensed) milk (without sugar), this milk can also be used to prepare an egg: a broken egg is dipped into boiling milk and boiled; boiled eggs are mixed with sardines or something else. Kittens really like this food. Raw chicken eggs are best avoided as there is a risk of salmonella contamination.
Grass - All cats enjoy eating grass. They should not only be allowed to do this, but should also encourage such attempts. You can grow the weed yourself in the pot. The seeds (most often oats) are sold at pet stores. Sometimes already grown weed is on sale. But make sure that cats do not eat house plants - they can be poisonous.
Dry food - There are various types of dry cat food all over the place now, but they are not recommended as the only permanent diet for your cat. When using feed, be careful not to leave your animal without fresh water - in this case, it will require more fluid than usual. Some fully balanced dry foods are very concentrated and can cause severe weight gain. Watch out for cats that are hooked on dry food and refuse to eat anything else.
Source: Anna Vinogradova, newspaper "ZooPeterburg"