Common kitten feeding queries
January 17, 2020
Feeding your kitten
It can be argued that nothing plays a more important role in healthy kitten growth and development as nutrition, so let's look at some common kitten feeding queries.
How much to feed my kitten?
Use the feeding guide found on pet food packaging as a starting point. This will show you the total daily amount to offer your kitten. Keen an eye on your kitten's body condition so that you can fine tune the amount fed, if needed. Have a chat to your veterinarian if you're concerned about your kitten's body condition or growth rate.
How often to feed my kitten?
In general, younger kittens should be fed smaller meals more frequently. This is to help allow them take in enough food for growth. Their stomach capacity is small, therefore they require frequent meals.
Over time, the number of meals can be gradually reduced so that by the time your kitten reaches adulthood, they will be on one or two meals per day. Many cats prefer to graze feed throughout the day, and this is acceptable provided they maintain a healthy body condition and are not allowed to become overweight.
Ensure that your kitten has free access to a continual supply of fresh drinking water in a suitable sized container.
Should I feed my kitten a home-made diet?
It can be tempting to feed a pet a diet made up of human food and table scraps. However, it is a challenge to create a home-made diet that is complete and balanced, especially in the long term. Kittens need a complete and balanced diet that is specially formulated to support their healthy growth and development. A high quality super premium pet food such as ADVANCE™ provides this peace of mind.
In addition, some human foods can be toxic to pets such as grapes, raisins, onions and chocolate.
Should I feed my kitten dry or wet food?
Dry and wet foods are equally nutritious. The feeding of both dry and wet foods is known as ‘mixed feeding’. This method of feeding provides a pet with taste and texture variety and enables them to get the benefits that each feeding format offers.
ADVANCE™ kitten diets are suitable for all breeds, so you can be sure there's a diet that’s just right for your kitten.