How to introduce your new kitten to Deano’s Dry Kitten Food.
As you will know from our previous posts, and by reading the information on our website, Kittens need a specific diet containing high levels of protein as well as other essential ingredients during their growth period into adulthood.
It is normal to be concerned about feeding the right diet to your kitten, and how to do so. We hope the following information will give you confidence and tips on how to best introduce your kitten to Deano’s Dry Kitten Food.
Kittens require a food which has been specially developed for kittens;
kitten food can be slowly introduced from weaning and fed until around 1 year, when they should be slowly transitioned to an adult food. Kitten food has a higher protein and fat content than an adult cat food and provides all of the nutrition necessary for the growth and energy requirements of growing cats.
A delicate balance of protein, oils and fats, carbohydrates and fibre are required to help optimise growth and development within this first critical year
Introducing your kitten to a dry diet when you get them home.
A relatively slow introduction of the new food and the transition from weaning (around 8 weeks) needs to be carefully managed.
As a young cat their digestive system is still very sensitive.
- Start by adding a few kibbles of the new dry food per day, gradually increasing to a full bowl over 2 to 3 weeks.
- It is very important to always make sure there is fresh, clean water available for your kitten. try to limit supplementing the diet with treats or any other food for the first few weeks to let the digestive system adjust to the new food
- If necessary, Deano’s Kitten food can be moistened and softened with water
Cats, particularly during the kitten phase can be extremely fussy eaters. If this is the case with your kitten:
- Feed in a quiet place away from the litter tray, with regular and structured feeding times to help get your kitten into a regular routine.
- Clean the bowl after every meal and throw away any uneaten food.
- A flat bowl which doesn’t brush against the cats whiskers when they eat is advised,
- If your kitten becomes a fussy eater, remove the bowl of food after every meal time in order to encourage eating routinely.
- Try to avoid feeding the kitten until the next meal time.
You may wish to divide the daily recommended portion into two or three portions (or more!) throughout the day, especially within the first 6 months;
- this will help provide your kitten with a steady source of energy throughout the day and make sure your kitten’s growth and energy requirements are met.
- However, be careful not to overfeed your kitten, make sure the recommended daily ration is split between all of the portions of food you are going to offer that day.
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