Nailing the right nutrition for your pawfect little kitten means he or she will be happier, healthier and by gosh, cuter than ever.
The scoop on kitten meals.
When you bring home your little bundle of paws, it’s always a good idea to have fresh water available for him. Kitten milk can also be given as a supplement, because the lactose has been altered to a level that won’t bug your tiny Tom Cat’s tummy.
It makes sense that these bitty kitties have small appetites, and therefore prefer to eat mini meals, frequently. For especially young kittens, vets recommend putting down a bowl of fresh dry food daily, then offering two wet meals (canned or sachet) in the morning and evening.
Little kitties have big nutritional needs.
The first rule of paw is that kittens are strict carnivores, and really need the healthy stuff found in animal proteins for their energy and tissue growth. Because your mini Maine Coon is small and can’t eat much, it’s important to give him a good quality food, formulated for kittens. Anything else, such as homemade foods, dog foods, adult cat foods and human foods, cannot give your hungry Himalayan the vital nutrients he needs for healthy growth. OK, kitties?
Cat’s eye that label closely.
With the sheer catitude of different brands out there, you’ll want to stare down that label, then bat it between your paws, if you’re feeling it. Oh, and here’s what to look for:
- The food should be ‘complete and balanced for growth’.
- It should be AAFCO-tested (Association of American Feed Control Officials).
- The ingredient panel should include some type of animal protein as the main/first ingredient on the list: egg, chicken, chicken by-product meal, fish, lamb, poultry, poultry by-product, beef and meat meal are all purr-worthy protein sources.
- Poorly digestible proteins include cereal, soy, wheat and corn – you’ll spot them right away as the main ingredients of low quality foods. Scratch those.
Wet foods, meow. Dry foods, meow.
It’s best to have a good mix of premium dry and wet food on your little Munchkin’s menu.
Premium dry food for kittens is great for healthy teeth (as long as it doesn’t include cheapo cereal-based ingredients). You’ll know it’s top-cat food if you see the quality ingredients listed above, which of course help with digestibility. All in all, a cat-tastic value.
Once you’ve nabbed the dry chow, add a bit of wet food (sachets/canned) into the mix, so that your kitten can learn to enjoy different food textures.
If you need a recommendation on which wet or dry foods to serve, just ask your vet.
Kitten steps to adult cat food.
Your kitten enters adolescence – or kitty-bopperhood – at around six months, at which time he’ll still be growing and needing his kitten chow. Twelve months of age is about the time to gradually switch over to adult cat food. It’s pretty easy, kitties. Just slowly begin mixing amounts of the new, exciting food into your Korat’s kitten food, over a two-week period.
Scratching behind your ears? Your vet can help answer any of your kitten-feeding questions. Give ’em a meow – not to be confused with a catcall.