When to Feed Your Kitten Cat Food

You will have to feed your kitten cat food when he's between 11 and 12 weeks of age. Kittens have weak immune systems and need a healthy diet that's rich in vitamins and minerals so they can attain full growth and development. The nutritional needs of the pet also vary according to its overall health condition.

Kittens suffering from underlying illnesses may require specific diets that boost the immune system or promote health. If the kitten enjoys good health, it's best to switch the pet's diet from kitten food to adult cat food at 12 weeks of age.

The Importance of Good Nutrition

Kittens need to grow in size and have healthy skin and strong bones. If the pet doesn't get his recommended daily intake of nutrients, he will suffer from several health conditions in the long run. Pets that are fed a good diet are healthy, have a shiny coat and are very active and playful. They don't suffer from periodontal diseases and they have proper bowel movements. Apart from this, kittens that are fed nutritious diets are less susceptible to conditions like diabetes, kidney disorders and urinary tract infections.

What Constitutes a Good Meal?

Cats should be fed meals that contain high quality ingredients. The food shouldn't contain additives, preservatives or fillers because this only adds bulk to the food and doesn't provide any nutrition. Commercial foods that contain high amounts of sugar and salt are not suited to pets because they increase the pet's risk of developing diseases.

Although you may feed your cat home cooked meals, consider buying commercial products that meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards. The food should contain a good source of protein and should consist of moderate amounts of fats, carbohydrates and fiber.

Switching a Kitten's Diet

If you're switching your kitten to an adult diet, consider incorporating small amounts of the adult cat food to the regular food for a week before completely replacing the regular food with the adult diet. If you fail to do this, the cat will suffer from food intolerance and show signs of gastrointestinal upset.  It's also best to feed the cat at a scheduled time, two times a day.

Tips for Pet Owners:

  • Along with a nutritious diet the cat should have access to plenty of fresh water throughout the day.
  • Discuss the benefits of administering nutrient supplements with the vet, particularly if your cat is a picky eater.
  • Exercise the pet daily so that he doesn't develop obesity, cardiac problems and diabetes.
  • If you don't know which diet is best for your cat, conduct a vet check to assess the cat's overall health and ask the vet to recommend food products that are suited to your pet's unique needs.
  • Make sure you read product labels before purchasing them to find out if they contain good sources of proteins, vitamins and minerals.

If you want to give your pet home cooked food, make sure it contains ingredients in the right amount so that the cat doesn't develop any conditions related to vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the future.