Kitten Tips – Feeding

Kitten feeding

What Food is Best for my New Kitten?

Diet is extremely important in the growing months of a cat’s life.  There are two important criteria that should be met in selecting food for your kitten.

We recommend a name-brand food made by a national cat food company and a form of food made for kittens.  This should be fed until your kitten is about 9-12 months of age.

We recommend that you only buy food that is AAFCO certified.  This stamp should be on the package for the kitten food.  It is not an endorsement of any particular type of food, but it will certify that the food meets the minimum requirements for nutrition.

Feeding a dry, canned,  or semi-moist form of cat food is acceptable.  Each has advantages and disadvantages.  Dry food is definitely the least expensive.  It also helps reduce how quickly plaque will build up on your kitten’s teeth.  It can be left in the cat’s bowl at all times.  Both semi-moist and canned foods are more expensive than dry food.  They are often more appealing to the cat’s taste.  They cannot be left out for long periods of time for the cat to eat throughout the day.

If given the choice, the average cat will eat a mouthful of food about 12 to 20 times per day.

 

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