The inside scoop: Best kitten food
The inside scoop: Best kitten food
With the advent of brands claiming to be this and claiming to be that, knowing what is the best kitten food can be tricky. We discuss what it is that makes healthy kitten food to provide your cat with the best start in life.
The kitten food hype
Whilst their bodies may be tiny, your kitten actually needs a lot from their diet. They will need all-important proteins to support bone and muscle growth as well as the correct nutrition to develop their immune systems. That’s why kitten food is specially formulated to include these ingredients, as well as the likes of Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins to further encourage healthy development.
A lot of owners can be tempted to feed a kitten cat food, however, for the reasons above we firmly believe in the tailoring of kittens’ and cats’ diets.
Just as you wouldn’t feed a human baby adult food, don’t be tempted to feed your kitten cat food.
Types of food
Dry kitten food
Wet kitten food
Raw kitten food
Dry is the good guy.
Dry is the good guy. However, cheap kitten food, regardless of the type, can often include allergens such as dairy, soya, pork, eggs and wheat/wheat gluten. These allergens are a big no-no, particularly during this important life stage, which is why we always suggest shopping around for a good quality kitten food.
So, with 100s of kitten dry food brands claiming to be number 1, this may beg the question exactly “what is the best dry kitten food?”
Hypoallergenic kitten food
Whilst different kittens have different needs, the best dry kitten food should start by being totally hypoallergenic. Hypoallergenic food, otherwise known as gluten free kitten food cuts out all of the allergens mentioned above, and supplements any nasty ingredients with health boosters such as Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin B.
And don’t worry – there’s still variety within the hypoallergenic kitten food market, let’s take a look at our options:
Natural kitten food
Natural kitten food is exactly what it says on the tin. Not only does natural kitten food not contain any allergens, but you also won’t find any artificial colourings/flavourings/preservatives or genetically modified ingredients within a natural recipe.
Grain free kitten food
Now think natural kitten food x10. This type of food is specially formulated for kittens with particularly sensitive stomachs. A lot of kittens and cats suffer from grain allergies and therefore ingredients such as rice, wheats and oats are bound to cause them a bit of trouble.
If you suspect your kitten might have an intolerance to any of the ingredients mentioned above, then opt for a recipe which replaces rice with sweet potato. Sweet potato slowly releases the energy your kitten needs to flourish without causing any irritation to the stomach.
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.
In cases where mum is not present, you can introduce weaning slightly earlier (3 – 4 weeks), and again, the weaning process should be complete by 6-7 weeks.
Solid food can be anything from wet food to moistened dry food, however, if you do choose wet food then kittens are encouraged to be introduced to and eating kibble by 5-6 weeks.
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. Again, due to the vast variety of breeds now available to pet owners, it is important to read up on your cat’s specific breed. Larger cat breeds are not considered to reach adulthood until 18 months to 2 YEARS (that’s 25 in human years!)
Regardless, once your kitten hits maturity, it is 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.
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