Kittens are fast growing creatures. Their body needs a carefully designed, balanced diet. Without this, it is almost impossible to grow a healthy and active animal. In addition, the important role played by the frequency of feeding a pet at an early age. Not every owner knows how often to feed a kitten.
- 1 How many times do I need to feed the kitten?
- 2 Feeding the kitten in the first month of life
- 3 Feeding the kitten from the second month to the year
How many times do I need to feed the kitten?
Here everything depends on the age, weight and even individual preferences of the animal. The kitten is younger, the more you need to feed. At a young age, his body needs a huge number of nutrients, micro- and macro elements, vitamins.
The digestive system of a young pet at one time is not physically able to cope with large amounts of food, in which all this is contained. Therefore, the smallest pets are fed often, but in small portions.
Can I feed the kitten with dry food
Strangely enough, but feeding the kitten with dry food is in fact no particular danger. But this statement is true only for cases when dietary premiums and Super-premium classes are used. They are optimally balanced in the content of nutrients, micro- and macro elements.
To introduce dry food in the diet of the pet can be, starting with about six months of age. In the first three months it is given no more than once a day. By the half-year, when the frequency of feeding is brought to three meals a day, dry food is given twice a day.
How to feed a pet with wet food
Again, feeding the kitten with only a damp food is far from guaranteeing good health and well-being of the “beast”. All canned food should also refer to the Premium and Super Premium segment. In the first three months canned food is given at least three times a day, but by half the feed rate is reduced to once a day.
Feeding the pet with natural products
If the owner prefers to feed the pet with natural products, the frequency of feeding is the same as in the case of canned feed. But! There is one nuance about which many masters forget. We are talking about the imbalance of “naturalka” for microelements and vitamins.
In cases where the kitten is fed mainly these types of feed, in its diet must include multivitamin supplements. If you do not comply with this rule, the consequences may not appear soon, but they will necessarily be very heavy.
Feeding the kitten in the first month of life
The first month is the most important time. But … if everything is normal, no participation of the breeder is often required: the mother of the kittens is responsible for the feeding. Only in cases when it for some reason can not feed offspring, this duty falls on the shoulders of the owner.
But first it is necessary to understand what exactly to feed a small pet (if for some reason the cat does not have a mother). Immediately warn that the cow and even goat’s milk for this absolutely not suitable. The ideal option – a special milk formula, produced specifically for the soldering of babies.
The best ones are:
- Babycat milk.
In addition, you can independently make a mixture of Scott or a mixture of Tiling.
At this time the kitten feeds exclusively on mother’s milk. He does not need any other food. But if you need to feed a baby without a cat, everything is much worse. Friendly advice – if there is at least some opportunity, you need to find a cat-wet-nurse, to which you can “throw” a pet. Without this, it will be very difficult to cope with the feeding of the kitten.
The feeding regime:
- The first week is fed up to seven times a day (but the norm is about six times).
- Feeding is held at midnight, at four and six in the morning, at ten in the morning and at noon. Then – at four and eight o’clock in the evening. Of course, this is somewhat tedious, but there is no other way to preserve the health and life of the kitten.
- The dose of milk formula is 30 ml for every 100 g. of the live weight of the pet (i.e., about five milliliters are evaporated at a time). Overfeed can not, because of excessive feeding in a kitten can develop severe diarrhea.
The second week
By this time, the kittens are getting a little “livelier” and more active, but they will also have to be fed six times a day. Animals are actively growing, their body needs more nutrients. Accordingly, the volume of the mixture to be evaporated is adjusted to 35 ml. Of course, this dose is also calculated for a day!
Once again, we warn that it is impossible to over-fill the kitten with milk. Pets under the age of inclusive are not feeling full. For this reason, it is extremely easy to overfeed, and the effect of fattening – a strong diarrhea (and it may well be fatal for kids).
The third week
By the third week, the number of feeds can be reduced to five, but the daily dose of the formula is increased to 40 ml. Accordingly, at once one drops eight milliliters.
By this time, the kittens (as a rule) open their eyes, they become much more active, and therefore the needs of their body in nutrients increase very much. Because of this, for every 100 gr. At the end of the week, 55 ml of the nutrient mixture can be given live weight. In addition, the number of feeds is gradually reduced to four, you can start introducing complementary foods (canned premium and super-premium class).
Feeding the kitten from the second month to the year
If the kitten has fed exclusively on mother’s milk up to this time, it is time to introduce a lure (good canned rations) in its diet. In the case when the feeding of the pet was done by its owner, there is good news for it: the milk mixture should be given only at 12 noon.
Of course, completely eliminate it from the diet early, so it is useful to pour “milk” kitten up to three times a day. The amount of feeding is four times a day (excluding night feeding).
The third month
By this time, the pet grows so much that it can safely be transferred to three meals a day. Supplementation with milk formula can be continued, but the main emphasis at this age should be made on dry and canned food. Liquid food can no longer give the pet everything needed.
Period from four months to six months
This period of life of the kitten is characterized by a rapid increase in the muscular mass of the animal. At the same time there is an active division of cells in the zone of bone growth. Accordingly, you can again increase the frequency of feeding up to four times a day, giving preference to foods with high protein content.
Six months to eight months
At this time, the intensive rate of build-up of muscle mass in the animal remains, but it is better to finally switch to three meals a day, increasing the sizes and nutritious portions. By this time, the ratio of dry and canned food can be increased to 60:40, respectively.
At this time, the pet’s digestive system is already mature enough to digest large amounts of “dry rations” without consequences.
From eight months to a year
By this time, the growth rate of the pet is greatly slowed, and therefore it is possible to give less feeds with a high protein content. Despite this, the kitten’s body requires a lot of vitamins and trace elements, and therefore the ration of the animal should be well balanced. In addition, at this age the body’s need for polyunsaturated fatty acids increases, and therefore it is desirable to add fresh and low-fat sea fish to the diet.