There are lots of different aspects to your kitten’s care to consider and a number of important choices that you will need to make. As a committed, loving owner, you will certainly want to ensure that your furry feline has the best start in life. One of the best ways to do this is through her diet.
If you have ever been in a pet store, or the pet aisle of your usual grocery store, you have probably noticed an abundance of different mealtime products to choose from. This can make choosing the right food a highly stressful and confusing experience. How can you tell the different types of food apart? Which brand is better? Many owners leave with less of a clue what to feed their kitty than when they went in. So, what food should you feed your kitty to give her the best start in life?
Here are our top 5 tips for choosing the right diet for your kitten.
1. Question if you even need to change her diet at all
Your kitten will have been weaned off of her mother’s milk and onto regular food before she comes to live with you. If you are getting her from a reputable and experienced breeder or shelter, you will probably find that she is already being fed a high-quality feed to help her develop and grow. If she is perfectly happy on this food and you can both afford and source it, it would make more sense to keep her on this brand and specific variety of food.
2. Choose the brand wisely
Once kitten food products are packaged, it is virtually impossible to identify what has gone into them and how effective and nutritional they really are. However, if you choose a kitten food that has undergone AAFCO feeding trials, you can relax knowing that the product you are feeding her contains all of the essential vitamins and minerals that she needs to grow and remain health and has no deficiencies.
3. Choose a product that is aimed at puppies
It probably doesn’t surprise you to be told that animals have different nutritional requirements at varying stages during their lifetime. What your senior pet needs to eat may vary significantly from the nutrients needed to help a kitten grow and develop. Fortunately, most pet food manufacturers have cottoned on to this fact and have produced ranges designed specifically to fulfil the nutritional needs of puppies. When you are looking to change your pup’s diet, make sure you choose a product aimed at improving the health of puppies.
4. Decide whether you are going to feed wet or dry foods
Cat foods are typically divided into two categories – wet and dry. Each has its own benefits, and some kittens will automatically show a preference for a certain type. However, if you can then you should try and mix the two so that your kitty gets used to a variety of different textures. Too much dry food has also been shown to put your feline at greater risk of becoming overweight and subsequently suffering from associated health problems.
5. If you have any doubts, consult with your vet in Gainesville FL
By far the biggest advice we can provide is if you are unsure about what to feed your kitten, always consult with your veterinarian in Gainesville FL. With their training and experience, they are best placed to make a recommendation for the kitten food that will be best for your furry feline.
If you are considering what diet your kitten will eat when she arrives home and you would like further advice and support from trained professionals, please don’t hesitate to contact our vets in Gainesville, FL today at 352-289-8540 to schedule a consultation.