The inside scoop: Best kitten food

The food you choose for your kitten in the first year is critical to her adult development. Within 6 months she will have reached 75% of her adult body mass!

The kitten food hype

Whilst their bodies may be tiny, your kitten actually needs a lot from their diet. A lot of owners can be tempted to feed a kitten cat food but a specific kitten diet will be specially formulated with:

  • very high protein levels to support bone and muscle growth
  • higher levels of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and iron to build strong teeth and bones
  • vitamin C and vitamin E, which help support kittens’ immune systems.

Kitten food is also more nutrient dense supplying all the calories and nutrients they need in smaller meals (more manageable for little stomachs).

Types of food

Dry kitten food

Dry biscuit is automatically nutrient dense because it does not contain as much water. It is therefore convenient for getting optimum nutrients in little tummies as mentioned above. It also makes it more convenient for storage as it takes up less space on the shelf.

Dry food can also to be left out all day for ad lib feeds without risk of contamination or spoiling.

Dry kitten food can help to keep the surface of the teeth clean, but they do not touch the gumline of the tooth where the real dental problems start. In other words – feeding a dry food alone (without other dental care) will not clean the teeth and prevent dental disease.

Wet kitten food

Wet food automatic ally contains more water which increases a kittens water intake with many positive health benefits.

It is a little messier and it cant be left out for more than 30 to 60 minutes at a time to prevent bacterial growth. Anything not eaten would then have to be thrown away – but the good news is most kittens prefer wet food’s strong smell and softer texture so hopefully it would all be gobbled up pretty quickly anyway.

What food should I choose?

There is no single right answer – sorry.

Different kittens do better on different diets, so choosing a food will always involve a bit of trial and error.

What you can do is choose a good quality, complete diet which meets the needs of your kitten at her stage of life.

Let’s take a look at our options:

Natural kitten food

Our Natural kitten food is exactly what it says on the tin. Natural kitten food does not contain any any artificial colourings/flavourings/preservatives or genetically modified ingredients.

Grain free kitten food

If you suspect your kitten might have an intolerance to any grain such as rice, wheats and oats, then have a look at our grain free kitten food.

Your questions answered:

When can kittens start eating solid food?

A weaning process which involves mum will often start at 4 weeks. The exact period of time it takes for a kitten to be fully weaned varies between breeds, however, most kittens should be fully weaned by 6-7 weeks.

Solid food can be anything from wet food to moistened dry food. It is advisable to get your kitten used to both so they do not have aversions to any changes you may need to make later in their life.

When can kittens start eating cat food?

Whilst it might be hard to admit, your feline is typically no longer considered a kitten following the 1 year mark.

It is then important to introduce adult cat food to ensure that their nutrition is balanced and their diet is tailored to what they need as a young adult.

I’ve only ever fed my kitten wet food – what if they don’t like dry?

Our knowledge of pets is every-growing and investigating what it is that makes a kitten tick is just part of the jobs. That’s why kitten food recipes are formulated more effectively than ever to be highly palatable due to the finicky nature of felines.

However, you can always try kitten food samples if you’re not quite ready to splash the cash on a high-quality kitten food. Some kitten food samples may include multiple recipes meaning that you’re bound to find a formula that works for your kitten.

But remember a kitten’s tummy can be very sensitive – so it’s best to avoid changing their food unless absolutely necessary to avoid upset stomachs.

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