What to feed kittens?

Published 5 December 2019

Choosing the right food can be tricky, but it is important.

  • Kittens need four meals a day until 12 weeks, and most young kittens will still be used to eating a moist diet when you first bring them home. Be sure to put out new wet food for each meal, to avoid spoilage and insects.
  • If you’d prefer to use dry food (kibble), that’s okay! Dry food has the advantage of being able to be left out, allowing your kitten to graze throughout the day. Some young kittens will struggle to ‘crunch’ the hard kibbles to start with (they will learn), so you could soak them in water before meal time, to allow them to soften into a slurry. As they get older, add less water.
  • Kibble is convenient and 100% complete and balanced. A premium, natural kitten food like Black Hawk Kitten formula is specially created for fast-growing, active kittens. Its high-quality ingredients provide all the nutrients they need for the best start in life. Kitten kibble is textured and smaller than adult food, making it easier for them to chew.
  • You may choose to feed wet or dry food, or both. Either way, kittens will be weaned when you adopt them, which means they will drink water on their own.
  • Many kittens love milk, but it can cause an upset tummy, and it’s not necessary – they actually become lactose intolerant once they’re weaned. Kitten milk is an option: the lactose content is altered, so it shouldn’t upset your kitten.
  • Water is very important, and a fresh bowl should always be available. Your feline will also find water in the shower, watering cans, pot plant saucers...
  • Your kitten can start on adult food at about 12 months. Introduce new foods over a couple of weeks, and there should be no problems. Start with a quarter new food, mixed with three-quarters old, and gradually increase until it’s all new food.

Tags: Kitten, Cat, Nutrition, Ingredients

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