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What Do Kittens Like to Eat?

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Nutrition is the best way to prevent your kitten form health issues and promote growth on time.

Newborn kittens 3 weeks and older get proper nutrition from their mother’s milk, Mother milk doesn’t available you also feed them from commercial kitten formula. It is very important that kittens only drink their mother’s milk or a commercial formula that only made for kittens because each species has very different milk properties and specifications.

After kittens turn 3- to 4 weeks old, you may give them dry commercial diets, these commercial diets can provide them complete nutrition for kittens. This food would suitable for kittens or for all life-stages. If a food is formulated for all life-stages, this means that the higher nutrients for kittens would also include in this formula.

What Do Kittens Should Eat?

  • Energy
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Minerals

Providing them with a balanced diet, plenty of fresh water, and proper care will help them grow into healthy and happy adult cats. Understanding what kittens should eat is crucial to ensure they thrive into healthy adult cats. Kittens only eat liquid diets until they are approximately 3-4 weeks of age. Kittens slowly begin eating more solid foods, At that stage is the best time for them proper growth.

Kitten-Specific Food:

  1. Protein-Rich Diet: Kittens need a diet rich in high-quality protein for their growing muscles. Look for commercial kitten food formulated to meet their specific nutritional requirements.
  2. Essential Nutrients: Ensure their food contains essential nutrients like taurine, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins. These nutrients are vital for their overall health, bone development, and vision.
  3. Avoid Adult Cat Food: Avoid feeding them adult cat food during this stage, as it won’t provide the necessary nutrients for their growth.

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Human Food Can Kittens May Eat

  • Meat, plain and well-cooked
  • Eggs, cooked
  • Vegetables (other than onion, garlic or chives), fresh and plain
  • Fruit (other than citrus fruit or grapes), fresh and plain including strawberries
  • Starches, plain and cooked such as rice, potato, bread or noodles
  • Popcorn, cooked without salt or butter

Feeding your young feline homemade kitten food is very challenging and not recommended by veterinary nutritionists because they can’t digest properly. An example of this is nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism, a condition that occurs in kittens not fed balanced diets related to calcium and phosphorus levels.

Providing them with a balanced diet, plenty of fresh water, and proper care will help them grow into healthy and happy adult cats. If you ever have doubts or concerns about your kitten’s diet, don’t hesitate to consult your veterinarian for guidance.

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