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What solid food should my kitten eat?

What are common household hazards for kittens?

Dog food or homemade food does not meet a kitten or a cat’s nutritional requirements and is best avoided. Instead opt for packaged cat food specially formulated for your kitten.

  • Cats require unusually high levels of protein in their diets as well as other unique nutrients.  All these nutrients are available only in meat However, do not feed your cat raw meat or let her eat human food as it is bound to be too rich, or even toxic for her. 
  • Both, cats and weaned kittens need high quality, well-balanced cat food in the right amount to maintain optimum body weight and condition. Home food, unless formulated by a vet, does not meet all her needs.
  • You have the choice of feeding her only dry cat food or wet food or a mix of both.  Gravy based meals like Whiskas® Wet pouches are particularly palatable and cats and kittens love it.

How much and how often to feed kittens?

In proportion to weight, kittens need three to four times more food than adult cats. Make food available to your kitten at all times. Unlike puppies, kittens are not likely to overeat.

Does my kitten need milk?

Contrary to popular wisdom, kittens do not need milk with their food - but make sure to provide plenty of water. As the age of the kitten advances, their ability to digest milk reduces and cow milk can cause loose stools and digestive disturbances

What to keep in mind whilst feeding

  • Make sure your cat or kitten has her own feeding and water bowls and that they’re cleaned after each meal. Cats don’t like to eat from dirty dishes.
  • Ensure fresh, clean water is always available.
  • Stick to the same food. Changing it suddenly or repeatedly can upset her delicate stomach. If you do have to change her diet, introduce the new food gradually, a little at a time.
  • Never leave her food bowl near her litter tray – cats don’t like to eat where they go to the toilet.



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