If you find yourself taking care of kittens in the first weeks of their lives you need to adopt the transition from a milk diet from normal cat food. Below you can discover some nutrition tips for your kittens
8 Nutritions tips for your kittens
Newborn kittens get their full nutrition from their mother’s milk in the first four weeks of their life. The milk from their mother is enough for the little ones and you won’t need anything else to feed them
If the mother cat does not have enough milk, it is ill or if the kittens are orphans it is necessary to feed the kittens with a commercial milk formula. You should contact a veterinarian for product and feeding recommendations if you are in this situation.
Energy for your kittens
Kittens require large amounts of energy—about 2x or 3x times that of an adult cat. Kittens also have to take roughly 30% of their total energy from proteins. You should make sure that the food you give them is specifically formulated for kittens. The kittens should eat specific-formula food until they reach maturity that is about until they turn one year.
In the first weeks of life, a kitten’s body weight should double or even triple. This sustained growth will go on, even though at a slower rate, until maturity. Kittens need big amounts of energy and nutrients in proportional quantities to sustain this fantastic growth.
The majority of mother cats will breastfeed their kittens until they are about eight weeks. By this time, 80 to 90% of the kitten’s total nutrient input needs to be from kitten food.
When the kittens are five to six weeks old, they should be eating on a high-quality dry food consistently even though they’re still nursing. This is an important step if you want to train the cats into eating kitten food.
You should fed kittens free-choice—that means food will be available at all times, as much as the cat wants, whenever the cat wants. You can offer them dry kitten food or nutrient-dense kitten-formula canned food. The free-choice method is recommended for dry food, because it will not alter if left at their disposal. You should be careful if you also own a dog: make sure he can’t reach the kitten’s food (dogs love cat food!). Also, fresh water should be available at all times.
It’s ok to for your kitten to eat a few treats. Anyway, treats should not exceed 5% of your kitten’s daily nutrient intake, and the rest of his/her diet must come from a high-quality kitten food.
Remember these nutrition tips for your kittens and enjoy your new furry friend !