Feeding a Kitten as It Grows to Adulthood

Feeding a Kitten as It Grows to Adulthood

Feeding a Kitten, a kitten should be about eight weeks old (or even a little younger) before it arrives in its new home. At this age, it should be used to feeding and lapping milk and no longer be dependent upon its mother for nourishment.

The golden rule in feeding a kitten is to offer a ‘little and often.’ Between the ages of seven to twelve weeks, three to four teaspoonfuls of good quality, high protein food should be given as four meals each day along with small drinks of milk.

It is best to offer the food that the kitten is used to at the start and to introduce changes very gradually. If the kitten develops diarrhea, the new food should be stopped, and if the condition persists, veterinary attention is needed.

Feeding a Kitten The Right Way

Manufacturers produce tasty foods for kittens, and these are easy to give as they contain exactly the right nutritional elements. If a kitten is being fed exclusively on home-produced diets, it may be necessary to add one or two drops of cod liver oil and a small quantity QU teaspoonful) of yeast and sterilized bone meal to one of its daily meals to ensure that it receives the necessary vitamins and minerals.

Alternatively, proprietary vitamin and mineral supplements can be obtained from a veterinary clinic, but it is essential to seek expert advice before one of these is used. At first, the milk offered to a kitten can be a proprietary make formulated for cats, with a gradual change to ordinary cows’ milk as the animal becomes older.

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