How to feed a Maine Coon kitten?
The first steps
The cat feeds its kitten for up to 2-2.5 months, but sometimes the mother’s milk may not be enough for actively growing organisms. Therefore, complementary foods are introduced, paying attention to the state of the little Maine Coon. For the first time, beef meat is suitable, without veins and pre-frozen for 3-5 days to reduce the risk of parasite infection.
At the age of up to 1 month, babies still do not know how to chew, they are taught to do this. A small piece of beef the size of a pea of black pepper is brought to the kitten in the palm of your hand, allowing him to sniff and taste for himself. The meat can be gently put into the Maine Coon’s mouth so that he tries to chew. The next day, feeding is repeated, but already twice.
Actions after the first feeding
When the process takes place without a hitch, the volume of meat is increased, but not significantly. After 3 days, curd is introduced into the diet. Next, the menu is replenished with raw yolk, preferably from a quail egg. It is given no more than 2 times a week, without the protein part.
Gradually, the baby is transferred to a full-fledged diet, but he continues to feed on the mother. Her milk helps build strong immunity in kittens. By 45th birthday, everyone in the litter should be able to eat regular food. At the age of 1 month, milk-based cereals will be a good help to natural nutrition.
How to properly feed a kitten and an adult Maine Coon?
Maine Coon kittens start feeding from 21-25 days, starting from their number in the mother and general condition. The main rule of the owner’s hard work is to gradually accustom to new food products.
The main diet should consist of meat, regardless of the month of life. Breeders often prefer ready-made feed, proven brands.
Age from 2 to 4 months
During this period, the Maine Coon kitten is usually still with the breeder. The mother cat teaches him about hunting behavior in the form of games. He already eats from the common table, but he gets the minimum amount of breast milk per day.
The diet of meat, yolk, cottage cheese, thick milk porridges for kittens, habitual to this moment, is replenished with the following products:
- Cream 8-10% fat;
- Vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, cabbage, zucchini);
- Ocean fish;
- Top dressing;
- Natural oil;
Now the kitten’s nutrition is increasing significantly. Do not restrict the animal by not reporting food.
Approximate calculations of products for 1 day for a two-month-old cat:
- 130 g of meat, including fish.
- 40 g vegetables.
- 40 g cottage cheese, kefir, sour cream.
- 15 g cereal porridge on water.
The benefits of salt for kittens are controversial, but many breeders recommend adding a pinch equal to half a teaspoon to Maine Coon food. Any vitamins, mineral supplements for kittens are best given after advice with a veterinarian and a breeder.
Age from 4 to 7 months
An adult Maine Coon cat should be getting more calories than a medium sized cat. However, overfeeding the kitten is undesirable; problems with joints and digestion are possible. However, many of the kittens by this period are already able to independently regulate the amount of food for 1 day and not consume excess.
Normal feeding consists of a standard set, you can try to include chicken stomachs, hearts, liver and other offal in the diet. Vegetables, cereals, as well as cottage cheese and whey are still needed for good nutrition.
The only thing that distinguishes a Maine Coon adolescent from a matured relative in terms of nutrition is the frequency of feeding. The more times he eats, the better the food is absorbed. For a playful and full of energy kitten, energy from protein food is important. Calcium contained in fermented milk products, phosphorus from fish take part in the growth of the musculoskeletal system, jaws and teeth of a kitten.
Many substances affect the condition of the coat, claws and the well-being of the animal. As before, feeding involves variety.
Every day the kitten is examined for an example of the appearance of skin irritations, watery eyes, and other allergic reactions.
Kittens may have loose stools, sometimes an urge to vomit. If this is not associated with infections, helminthic invasion, mechanical damage, then feeding is carefully analyzed and revised. Raw chicken meat is considered a strong allergen for a kitten, and boiled fillets lose all useful and nutritious properties. It is introduced into the diet carefully, in small portions.
Not suitable for food:
- Pork, lamb;
- Food with any flavoring or coloring additives;
- Sweet yoghurts and curds;
- Fatty sour cream, cream, whey;
- Food from the human table.
It is advisable to feed the kitten the same way as a nursing mother. This is how food is better absorbed. Daily feeding includes 5-6 servings of a variety of food, the basis of which is meat and dairy products. Fresh water must be readily available for the growing Maine Coon.
Although they drink little, on natural food, when the cat is “drying”, it is supposed to consume three times more water than a portion of industrial feed.
Industrial feed from an early age
Almost all manufacturers have a monthly differentiation of finished feed. On the package, you can see detailed instructions indicating the portion for one day. The advantage of commercial kitten food is balance. There is no need to compose and carefully think over the diet, they provide the kun with all the necessary trace elements and vitamins. In addition, they simplify the life of the cat owner.
The amount of food for a kitten is calculated individually. The brand is chosen the one that suits the mother. As they grow older, such food is diluted with goat’s milk, cream, and then only dry (at 3-4 months). The size of the pellet depends on the kitten’s ability to eat it without any problems.
Canned food is given to an adult animal; for a kitten, either completely natural products or dry food are desirable. Whether the food is suitable for a small coon can be determined by the general condition of the animal, stool, activity and the amount eaten.
We compose a diet from natural products
Homemade food is better for a kitten only if the owner knows well how to properly form a diet, how and what to feed the pet during the day. Among the permitted and healthy products, the following ingredients can be distinguished.
- Meat. this should be low-fat varieties such as beef, turkey, chicken. For a comfortable use of meat, it should be boiled.
- Offal. make it possible to diversify the diet. They must be given only boiled. Kittens’ liver should be cooked no more than once a week.
- Fermented milk products. bought on the day of feeding, which ensures maximum food freshness. It is important to purchase foods with low fat content so that the kitten’s stomach can easily cope with the food received.
- A variety of cereals. the kitten can be given rice, buckwheat or oatmeal, the main requirement is the high-quality preparation of the product so that it does not contain undercooked pieces that will complicate the digestion process.
- Plant-based foods. For a variety of foods, you can add boiled carrots, beets, zucchini and herbs to the diet. It is best to mix vegetables with meat, because in this combination, kittens are much more willing to eat food.
- Fish. kittens can only cook sea fish, which has a low fat content. It is especially important to consider the size, type and number of bones, which can cause big problems in a small animal. Cod, hake, haddock are most suitable for such pets, but fish should not be given more often 2-3 times a month.
- Eggs. for kittens from 1 to 3 months, quail is best suited, since they contain the most vitamins and nutrients. In addition, this is the minimum risk of contracting something, as can be the case with chicken eggs. Quail eggs must be boiled, you can give both white and yolk, and over time, even allow the kitten to drink the contents of the shell. As for chicken eggs, it is allowed to use only the yolk, which will benefit in contrast to the protein. In this case, the yolk is given only boiled and no more than 1-2 times a week.
- Vegetable oil. for additional nutrients, you can add olive, sea buckthorn and flaxseed oil to food. You can add it to food several times a week in an amount not exceeding one teaspoon.
By germinating and giving it to the kitten periodically to eat, you can avoid many problems. The process of feeding a small pet has its own characteristics, without the knowledge of which it will be difficult to raise it while maintaining its health. Food for the crumbs should be warm, not overheated, and the heat treatment of products should be of high quality. All other cooking options will be unacceptable for the growing animal.
When a small kitten appears at home, you need to make sure that he has a place to rest, play and eat. It is better to arrange the territory for the pet in advance or as soon as possible after its appearance, since then it is necessary to solve a much more important issue regarding the nutrition of a new family member. In the event that a pet is acquired and lives with new owners without a mother, he has nowhere to get milk that the cat gives to its kittens, so you need to decide on the regimen and composition of food in the first days of the baby’s life in the new house.
A properly formulated diet and diet will enable the pet to grow well, be active and not experience any discomfort in the new home. To give the kitten such an opportunity, first of all, you need to choose how the animal will be fed. There are 2 main options:
- With the help of purchased feed;
Each of the options is good in its own way, so you need to decide which is more convenient in a particular case.
Those owners who prefer to cook themselves will be more confident in the quality and freshness of the products that are given to the pet, this is a big plus of this option. On the other hand, when using ready-made feeds, the kitten receives a balanced diet, which contains all the necessary elements that allow it to grow and develop as it should.
If the owner tends to prepare food for the pet on his own, he must know exactly what can be eaten by the animal at such a young age, and which foods should be avoided. In no case should you give the kitten food from the table, since it is not at all suitable for a growing organism.
In the case of cooking, the owner must additionally purchase food additives, vitamins and minerals in order to ensure the full development of the animal’s body and protect it from health problems.
As you gain the appropriate knowledge, you can try your hand at cooking, but it is worth doing this only when the kitten grows up. The nutrition of an older pet will include dry food.
How to choose the type of feeding?
To determine what type of feeding to choose for your pet, you need to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each of the options available. If the choice is made in favor of self-cooking, then it is worth considering what is good in this option, and what are the negative aspects. The positive aspects include the following.
- Possibility of self-selection of the menu for the kitten. The owner himself can determine what to mix with what, when to give what and in what quantity. Having studied well the addictions of the pet, you can select what he likes and make up a diet based on the knowledge gained.
- Safety. Freshly prepared food will not contain any of the additives, preservatives, and colors that may be found in some ready-to-eat kitten foods.
- The ability to diversify as much as possible the food that the kitten will receive. It is rather difficult to do this with ready-made feed.
- Lack of addiction to self-prepared food. There are a number of foods that begin to cause addiction in the pet, and it becomes almost impossible to wean the animal from them. This situation does not happen with homemade food, so it is more suitable.
Of the shortcomings, only a few points can be distinguished:
- Special attention when choosing ingredients for cooking, so as not to accidentally put unnecessary ones;
- Introduction of additional supplements and vitamins that will compensate for their lack in regular food.
The advantages of this option for feeding a kitten are much more than disadvantages, but not every owner has free time to prepare varied and nutritious food, so many opt for dry and wet ready-made food.
The veterinarian’s advice in this case is as follows:
- Finished feed should be of high quality, better than premium;
- You should not feed the pet with the same food for too long, for full growth and development it is important to introduce a certain variety;
- When switching from one type of feed or brand to another, you need to carry out the process gradually, mixing the new product with the old one, and slightly increase its amount.
To decide whether to buy dry food for your pet, you need to consider its pros and cons. The positive ones include the following:
- Quality products have a complete list of vitamins and minerals that a kitten needs;
- The diet is selected taking into account the age of the animal;
- When using dry food, kittens will actively work their jaws, which will only benefit the animals;
- There is no need to spend time and energy preparing food for your pet;
- The ability to feed the kitten anywhere, as well as take food with you on long trips;
- The volume of each serving is indicated by the manufacturer on the package.
In addition to the obvious advantages, this option for feeding domestic kittens also has certain disadvantages.
- When buying an inexpensive economy-class feed, there is a risk of harming the animal, since it contains a high concentration of mineral salts, which eventually become the cause of urolithiasis. In addition, such food may contain food waste that can harm the growing body of the kitten.
- Fats, flavors and preservatives may be present in some foods.
- As mentioned above, an animal can develop dependence on some types of food, and it will be very difficult to wean a kitten from such food.
The choice of this or that option will depend on the owner and his pet. If you wish, you can delight your pet with tasty and healthy dishes without any harm, while cooking something new and unusual every time in order to develop the cat’s gastronomic sensations.
What not to give?
Knowledge about how to feed a kitten, what food to choose and what to give will not be enough, you need to have information about which foods are undesirable and even harmful for him. Among the most unfavorable are the following products.
- Cow’s milk. growing up, the pet begins to experience problems with lactose tolerance, so after drinking milk, its digestion will begin to malfunction.
- Bones. Small bones can become lodged in the throat or esophagus, causing certain problems. When the pet becomes an adult, it will be possible to give it large bones, with the help of which it can brush its teeth.
- Smoked and fried foods. no smoked or fried foods should be included in the kitten’s diet, they are harmful to both small and adult cats. Such food is very difficult to digest and can negatively affect the pet’s health, causing irreparable consequences.
- Certain vegetables and mushrooms. Don’t feed your kitten potatoes, eggplants, onions and garlic, tomatoes, or legumes and mushrooms. Such food is difficult to digest and does not bring any benefit to the body.
- Baking and sweet food. all baked goods of a neutral taste, as well as sweet ones, should not be given to the kitten. The same applies to any sweets, including chocolate. This food will only harm the pet’s body.
- Salt and Seasoning. Any food prepared for a kitten or adult should not contain any salt or spice. These components have an extremely negative effect on the pet’s health and become the cause of various diseases in the future.
- River fish species. unlike the marine species, fish in rivers are subject to a strong attack of parasites, which, even after heat treatment, do not disappear anywhere, but remain in the kitten’s body, gradually destroying it.
- Fatty meat. you cannot feed your pet with pork, lard, fat, because he will have indigestion and liver problems will begin.
- Skin from chicken meat. the kitten is not able to digest this product, so the body will work poorly, spend energy, and in the end will receive neither benefit nor energy.
- Egg White. Chicken egg white contains an enzyme that breaks down biotin in the feline body.
- Medicines. their consumption is only necessary on rare occasions and only on a veterinarian’s prescription.
Overview of finished feed
If the owner does not have much time to cook natural food for the kitten every day, then it is easier to use ready-made food in the diet. For adult cats, they can be dry or wet. It is better for very small kittens to acquire the second variety, but as the pet gets used to it and grows up, introduce it to more solid food. In addition to the type of feed, it is necessary to be puzzled by the selection of the appropriate brand, which produces quality products that in no way threaten the health of pets.
Among the most famous are the following brands.
- 1 st Choice is a premium food that is recommended for feeding kittens from two months up to one year of age. All components are of high quality, so the pet will receive a full range of nutrients. Due to the combination of quality and affordable price, this ready-made food option is considered the most suitable for feeding kittens.
- Hills Science Plan. this brand of food has several options: two dry and one wet, so making the right choice will not be difficult. The product quality in this case is also very high.
- Royal Canin. The company offers food for pets under 4 months of age (canned food) and over 4 months of age (dry food). Thanks to the quality of the products, this brand has long established itself as a reliable and proven manufacturer of food for cats of any age category.
- Happy Cat Junior is a specialized product designed for kittens from 5 weeks to one year old. The peculiarities of the development of the animal at each stage of growth were taken into account, the most suitable products of the highest quality were selected. All this allows you to safely trust this brand and use its products for your pets.
- Purina Pro Plan. This brand boasts a variety of kitten foods (dry and wet options). Good quality products, the ability to choose what exactly to feed a small pet, as well as an affordable price make this brand one of the most popular.
Veterinarians and specialists note that kittens receive the most nutritious nutrition thanks to holistic products, which are created using technology that makes it possible to preserve the juiciness and freshness of meat in them.
For feeding kittens, this option is considered ideal, but not everyone can afford it, since the cost of such feed is quite high. The most famous manufacturers of such products are brands:
- Pro Nature;
- Innova Evo;
Each owner can choose the most balanced version of food, which will differ in product quality and correspond to the age of the pet. It is not always possible to purchase food that the kitten will like, so you should not buy large packages right away, it is better to let the pet try this or that option, and if you like it and will be well perceived by the animal’s stomach, then you can stop at it for a certain time.
What and how to feed a kitten from 1 to 3 months?
- Nutrition rules
- We compose a diet from natural products
- Overview of finished feed
- What not to give?
- How to choose the type of feeding?
- How many times a day to feed?
When starting a pet, you need to clearly understand what exactly you will have to face. Taking care of any pet is not easy, especially when you have to deal with a very tiny pet. If a one-month-old kitten should appear in the house, it is necessary to prepare housing for it and read certain literature that will help to properly care for the baby and feed it with the food that is suitable for the period from 1 to 3 months.
How many times a day to feed?
Since the small kitten is still small, it is important to feed the correct amount of food for each meal. Age influences the frequency of feedings and portion sizes. It is recommended to give your pet food often, but in small quantities, otherwise you can provoke the development of diseases of the digestive tract.
Age-specific feeding options:
- A month-old kitten should be fed 6 to 8 times a day;
- Two months. no more than 5 times a day;
- Three months. 4 times;
- Starting from 4-5 months and up to a year, the pet is fed no more than three times a day;
- When the cat is old enough, you can switch to two meals a day, it is recommended to do this no earlier than a year and a half.
A newborn kitten eats only mother’s milk and does not need any other food. At 1 month, he already lacks such nutrition and needs to introduce new food. It is best to start with dairy products (fermented baked milk or kefir). Such products are poured into a bowl, which allows you to accustom your pet to eating independently in a designated place and from certain dishes.
At 2 months, the kitten’s diet becomes wider and more varied, vegetables are introduced, which, together with the meat, are no longer frayed, but finely chopped. Dairy products are still important and should make up the bulk of the diet. At the age of three months, you can switch to full-fledged feeding, a quarter of which is dairy products (but not pure milk). The diet should also include cereals, meat and vegetables, which are cut into large pieces. If you wish, you can let your pet try raw vegetables.
As for the amount of food in one serving, the approximate calculations are made according to the scheme. 150 g of food per 1 kg of the kitten’s weight. This data may change depending on the calorie content of the food. In the case of ready-made feed, the packaging already contains the norms for each age group.
For information on how to feed a kitten, see the following.
Proper nutrition of the kitten
The question: “How to feed kittens at 1.5 months?” Worries all owners of small kittens. When to switch them to harder foods and how?
Don’t overfeed your pet. It is better to feed often, but little by little. So his fragile body will develop and grow faster. Two-week-old kittens should be fed at least 10 times a day, including at night. Should be divided into equal intervals of time. After two weeks, you can reduce to 6 approaches. A month old kitten should be fed small meals 5-6 times a day. After 1.5 months, you can switch to 4 meals a day.
According to the food norm, the following rule should be followed: no more than 50 ml per 100 g of weight.
A kitten’s nutrition from birth to one year should only be on milk with the addition of vitamins. After a year, you can gradually accustom yourself to solid foods. The best option would be semolina porridge. Only it should be sufficiently liquid and cooked in milk. You can’t use sugar!
Gradually, you can add cottage cheese to semolina porridge, which must be thoroughly grinded to obtain a liquid gruel. Try giving the kitten a taste of some egg yolk with the porridge. It should be given twice a week. To do this, knead the yolk and dilute a little with water or any fermented milk product. You cannot give in pieces!
The same goes for meat and fish. At first, it is better to grind and give no more than once a week with porridge. Smoked and salted fish should not be given!
How to feed kittens at 1.5 months
You can prepare milk yourself: boil regular milk and add egg whites (4: 1) to it. Give this mixture to your pet and see his reaction. If he will not accept such “food”, then take the usual dry infant formula and dilute it. Milk should be more liquid than written in the instructions.
If you can’t feed your kitten, then you should seek qualified help from a veterinarian. Perhaps problems with your pet and specialist advice will help resolve the issue.
A newborn kitten needs formula milk. Try giving your pet a mixture of boiled milk and honey. It only takes one spoonful per glass of drink.
You can opt for heavy cream (8% or more). If your pet quite accepts fermented milk products, then you can try kefir, fermented baked milk, yogurt. You don’t have to strictly follow the instructions. You need to look at the reaction of your baby and independently make decisions on how to feed a kitten that is 1.5 months old.
How to feed a kitten 1.5. 2 months # 127868;
When a small kitten appears in the house, which has lost its mother’s milk for some reason, the owners face the question: “How to feed the kittens for 1.5 months and how many times a day? In this article, we will try to answer questions related to feeding kittens aged 1 to 2 months or more. We will give advice and recommendations on the question: “How to feed a kitten from one month old and up to an older age”.
If your kitten is left without breast milk, then there are two ways out of this situation:
- Find a lactating cat that will accept an extra eater.
- Learn to feed your baby on your own, take responsibility for his life.
Compliance with the rules of feeding a kitten
A kitten at 1.5 months is still very weak, he is not able to exist on his own, he constantly needs care and affection. At this age, you should not tear the baby away from the mother of the cat. But if this happens, then you will have to follow certain rules and make decisions on how to feed the kitten. Proper nutrition at 1.5 months will be able to put the baby on his feet and give him excellent health.
Basic rules for proper care of newborn kittens:
- Do not give meat products, including minced meat;
- Add vitamins to the diet;
- Gradually accustom to solid food;
- Give enough water.
Feeding kittens from 1.5 months provides a sufficient amount of vitamins and fiber in food. Vegetables and fruits must be present in the kitten’s diet. The following products are quite suitable:
For the successful assimilation of such products, vegetables should be grated on a fine grater. They should be given 2 times a week. The fiber your pet needs is found in cooked soup without any seasoning. They can be used to feed your kitten from 2 months of age.
If you follow these rules and take proper care of your baby, then your baby will quickly get stronger and will delight him with excellent appetite and good mood. A sufficient amount of vitamins will help the kitten develop and grow healthy and cheerful.
How to train a kitten to eat from a bowl
What to feed a kitten at 1.5.2 months is up to you. It is necessary to be patient and gradually accustom to independence without haste.
We have disassembled how to feed kittens for 1.5 months, but we will consider below how to train them to a bowl.
At three weeks old, the kitten begins to show interest in the bowl. This is the most appropriate period to start teaching him to eat on his own. You should start with dairy products. Pour some milk into a saucer, dip your finger in it and let the kitten lick. Then poke his muzzle into a bowl. This should be done carefully and carefully so that your baby is not frightened. After the kitten licks his face with milk, he gradually realizes what is there and he himself will reach for the saucer.
You may not be able to train him the first time, but a repeated procedure will make the kitten taste milk again on his face.
Only your patience and attention can teach your pet to self-feed.
When your kitten learns to eat on its own, do not rush to feed him. The nutrition of a kitten from 1 to 3 months should be special, taking into account its characteristics. It should be remembered that in order to achieve the best result, the kitten must be gradually accustomed to the new food.
- In the first month of a kitten’s life, it should be fed only with milk.
- At the age of 1.5 months, you can add semolina.
- From 2 months of age, milk can be replaced with cream, and yolk, cheese, mashed meat or fish can be added to the porridge. Meat and fish must be boiled.
- A three-month-old kitten will perfectly cope with any fermented milk product. Meat and fish can be fed in chunks. Can be raw.
- From five months and older, you can try dry food, add crackers and a loaf to the diet.
Your pet should be getting enough vitamins and minerals. It is not enough to feed him constantly with fish or meat. Food should be varied with sufficient m of useful elements. The kitten should always have a bowl of water. over, it should be changed daily, and the bowl is thoroughly washed. This condition is especially important when the kitten is consuming dry food.
Caring for a 1.5 month old kitten requires not only proper nutrition, but also special warmth and tenderness.
When composing a daily menu for a small pet, you need to follow the rules and recommendations of veterinarians:
- Food intake. 5 to 6 times a day. The kitten does not need night feeding at 3 months.
- The type of diet should be one. either natural food or industrial feed. Mixing 2 types of products is prohibited, as it is dangerous to health. The fact is that production diets contain many vitamins, but they are also present in natural products. Accordingly, a combination of diets can provoke hypervitaminosis and abnormalities in the digestive system.
- New natural products should be introduced into the menu gradually, in small pieces. 1 day. 1 product, while it is important to monitor the reactions of the animal’s body so that allergies or indigestion do not occur.
- The portions should be small. Overfeeding a kitten is fraught with the development of obesity, diabetes mellitus and a number of other dangerous diseases.
- If the pet is on a natural diet, be sure to give him additional vitamin and mineral complexes (the most suitable will help you choose the veterinarian). It is strictly forbidden to give vitamins intended for humans to an animal.
- Food temperature. room temperature. Too hot or cold food can harm the delicate, fragile gastrointestinal tract of the animal.
- Compliance with the drinking regime. At 3 months old, the kitten should drink at least 200 ml of water per day. Liquid. clean, room temperature, should always be in a bowl. You need to change it at least 2 times a day.
Both natural products and industrial feed are successfully used in pet nutrition at 3 months. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. The owner must immediately decide what he will feed the animal. It is highly discouraged to change diets.
There is no unequivocal opinion among veterinarians and felinologists regarding which food is more useful for kittens. natural products or industrial food. Dry and wet food is not natural for animals. But they contain all the necessary mineral components and vitamins. The composition is an ideal balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, but only on condition that high-quality, expensive varieties of industrial food are selected.
Feeding rules for industrial products:
- It is strictly forbidden to mix purchased cat food and organic foods. It is very harmful to the animal.
- It is recommended to choose feed from only one manufacturer, do not change it.
- Observe the drinking regime. In dry food, there is practically no moisture necessary for the kitten’s body. If your pet only eats dry food, you need to make sure that he drinks at least 200 ml of water per day. Failure to comply with this rule will lead to the development of serious complications. There is a risk of developing kidney stones and other digestive problems. The water should always be clean, you need to change it 2 times a day. If food particles get into the liquid, the change should be made immediately. Kittens will not drink dirty water.
- When choosing food, you should focus on the age for which it is suitable. You can not give a kitten at 3 months old food intended for adult animals.
Categories of industrial rations. There are several classes of prepared food:
- Holistic is the highest quality food, but also the most expensive. You can give it to a kitten only if the owner is sure that he can always provide such nutrition to the pet. It is not recommended to transfer an animal from an expensive food to a budget option. Holistic is a food with natural products in its composition. The source of protein is natural, lean meat. There are also vegetables and cereals, vitamins and minerals in the composition.
- Super-premium. feed is somewhat cheaper than holistic, but of a fairly high quality. The composition contains natural products: meat, vegetables and cereals, fruits. The composition is absolutely balanced.
- Premium is a good product at a loyal price. The best feeding option if there is no way to give your pet holistic. But the composition may contain foods that cause allergies. Therefore, before buying food for a kitten with intolerance to certain foods, you should carefully study the composition.
- Economy. Whiskas, Friskas, etc. Such feeds have only one advantage. low price. There are few natural products in the composition. The source of protein is cereals. These products contain harmful food additives that enhance the taste of the feed and make it very attractive to animals. But constant feeding with such a diet is fraught in the future with high risks of developing diseases of the digestive system (read in the article whether it is possible to feed a cat with Whiskas).
The best manufacturing companies. For kittens at the age of 3 months veterinarians recommend choosing food from well-known manufacturers:
- Acana is a time-tested, high quality premium class. The composition is fully balanced, developed according to the needs of the growing body. This is a hypoallergenic food, it can be safely fed to kittens that are prone to food allergies. Feature. production of feed in its own juice. The composition is represented by natural meat, vegetables and fruits, cereals, algae and eggs.
- Royal Canin. dry food of the trade mark is considered one of the best substitutes for natural food. In the composition of useful and nutrients. The manufacturer also has a “curative” line. It is recommended to give food of this brand to kittens that have some health problems.
Serving volume. When feeding a pet with industrial feed, it is important to strictly observe the dosages recommended by the manufacturer and indicated on the food packaging. Wet food is produced in hermetically sealed bags. 1 package is designed for 1 meal. But for kittens at 3 months, the amount of food from the package must be divided. At this age, babies still cannot dose the amount of food necessary for saturation and can overeat.
How to feed a kitten at 3 months
An actively growing kitten’s body at 3 months old needs proper nutrition. The diet should be balanced and varied. At this age, you can already give your baby natural products and industrial feed. It is necessary to choose high-quality products, while you should correctly build a meal schedule so as not to harm your pet.
The daily menu of a 3-month-old kitten should include:
- Lean meats. preference is given to rabbit and chicken, turkey, veal, you can give beef;
- Chicken heart and liver;
- Groats: oatmeal, buckwheat and rice;
- Vegetables: squash, cucumber, pumpkin, cauliflower and carrots;
- Dairy and fermented milk products: low-fat and unsalted cottage cheese, kefir, fermented baked milk, sour cream;
- Fish. only seafood, low-fat: pink salmon, cod, haddock, fish can be given no more than 1 time per week.
Rules for serving natural products:
- The meat must be pre-cooked. chicken fillet, but without the skin, as it contains too much fat. Other meats, such as beef, can be served raw. But the product must be frozen for at least 3 days. Just before serving, the meat is cut into small pieces and thawed to room temperature.
- Cereals are boiled in water or milk diluted in equal amounts with water. It is strictly forbidden to add sugar, salt or oil to cereals. Cereals are not an independent dish. They should be mixed with vegetables or meat.
- Fermented milk products should have a minimum or average percentage of fat.
- Vegetables are served raw or boiled, chopped on a grater.
- Fruit is allowed once a week. These can be unsweetened apples. The fruit is grated.
- Chicken or quail eggs. They can be served raw, added to meat or cereals, and can also be boiled. Only the yolk is served from eggs to the kitten, no more than 1-2 times a week.
A few drops of oil can be added to cereals or used as a dressing for vegetables.
Compilation of the menu. The menu is compiled depending on how often certain foods can be consumed:
- Products that should always be present in the diet: meat, beef or chicken. from 30 to 80 g, dairy and sour milk products. without sugar and any fruit and other additives.
- Once every few days. sunflower or olive oil, a few drops in boiled porridge or as a dressing for vegetables.
- 2-3 times a week. up to 120 g of boiled chicken fillet without skin.
- Up to 2 times a week. egg yolk: boiled or raw.
- Not more than 1 time a week. cereals in water or milk, low-fat saltwater fish, chicken or beef liver. not more than 50 g.
The category of prohibited products includes:
- Fatty meat and fish;
- Pickles, marinades;
- Salt, pepper, spices;
- Sweets, confectionery, chocolate;
- Fruits that cause fermentation and bloating. grapes, raisins;
- Homemade and purchased sausages;
- Baked goods and baked goods;
- River fish.
“No” to river fish! Fish is believed to be very beneficial for cats. However, this product is unnatural for them, and therefore it is rather difficult for the digestive system to digest. River fish is especially dangerous for kittens. In such a product, helminth eggs are almost always present, and even with heat treatment there is a risk of infection of the animal.
Human treats. It is strictly forbidden to give the kitten food from the human table. The dishes contain salt and spices, flavor enhancers and food additives. They are extremely harmful to the animal, they are not absorbed by the digestive tract at all and can cause intoxication.
Calculation of portions with “natural
The resulting volume of food, which at this age is about 400 g, must be divided into several meals. This formula for determining the amount of food is conditional, since it all depends on the breed and the degree of activity of the animal.
If the kitten eats natural products, it is recommended to make a different menu for each day so that the diet is as varied as possible. A kitten should not be given meat, cereals, and vegetables on the same day, as this may overload its digestive system.
Correct, varied and balanced nutrition of a kitten at the age of 3 months is a guarantee that the pet will grow up in good health and active. It is not difficult to compose a diet if you follow the basic rules and recommendations.
How to feed a kitten up to 1 month?
A kitten up to 1 month old is usually fed by its mother-cat. However, sometimes cats abandon their kittens or die / fall ill immediately after giving birth, so the owners face the question of how to feed kittens left without a mother.
It is best to find a nursing cat for kittens, but this is not always possible. However, in order for the kittens to survive, they need to get the first mother’s milk-colostrum, if it is impossible to feed them the kittens, then most likely they will die.
How to feed a kitten up to 1 month?
You can feed a kitten up to 1 month old and formula for babies. In this case, the mixture must be diluted 2 times thinner than for a week old baby.
From the 15th day of a kitten’s life, both a homeless one and under the supervision of a mother, you need to start feeding, i.e. Give him adult food. The food should be in a semi-liquid form and until the kitten reaches 1 month old, it should be given as a mixture: either given in a syringe or provided with the opportunity to lap from a spoon / saucer. However, up to 35 days the kitten should receive milk formula or mother‘s milk.
If you plan to feed the kitten with natural food in the future, then you need to give him baby meat food in jars, beef pates with ground porridge (buckwheat, oatmeal), low-fat cottage cheese, egg white.
If you plan to feed the kitten with industrial food, then you should give mousses and pates for kittens or dry food for kittens diluted with water to a state of liquid oatmeal.
How to feed a kitten up to 1 month?
Kittens up to 1 month old need a special feeding regimen, for your convenience, we present the following kitten feeding schedule:
Feeding schedule for kittens up to 1 month
|Weeks of kitten life||Kitten days||Amount of mixture / food||Feeding temperature||Feeding mode|
|Week 1||1st||30 ml per 100 g of kitten weight||38-39 o C||every 2 hours|
|3rd||every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night|
|6th||38 ml per 100g kitten weight||every 4 hours|
|2 week||8th||30-32 o C|
|3rd week||15th||48 ml per 100 g of kitten weight||28-30 o C|
|4th week and subsequent||22nd||24-26 o C|
|25-35th||53 ml per 160 g kitten weight|
You need to feed a kitten up to 1 month from a very small nipple, pipette or syringe without a needle. It is necessary to give the kitten the mixture evenly so that it does not get bloated. All mixing devices must be boiled regularly.
Milk mixture for kittens should be heated to the required temperature, but never overheated. You can store the prepared mixture only for 24 hours.
If you feed a kitten up to 1 month not with a cat milk substitute, but with other milk formulas, then you need to make sure that he does not have diarrhea. If it appears, you will have to dilute the mixture with water.
Remember that his life depends on proper feeding of a kitten up to 1 month! You must become a foster mother for him.
How to feed a kitten 1, 1.5 and 2 months
The water should be clean, fresh, change the water every day and scald the water container with boiling water. Raw frozen beef. (for a kitten at least 30 grams, for an adult cat. 100-120 grams). Chicken or beef offal (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys) raw (frozen) or boiled. 2-3 times a week.
For the development of a tailed pet, balanced cat food is what you need! Your pet will not give up on a delicious chicken, turkey or fragrant rabbit with pieces of trout and green beans. At first, give the little cat canned food. They contain 80% water, they are well absorbed and do not injure the fragile esophagus.
When switching to dry food, do not feed the kitten with leftover food from the table. Our Murziks, like children, quickly twist indulgences to themselves. But not all of them are beneficial:
- The kitten will constantly beg for a piece for itself as soon as you sit down at the table.
- Natural food is absorbed faster by the body, dry “requires” a plentiful drink to digest food. By changing food types, the stomach and intestines will not be able to quickly reorganize. As a result, metabolic disorders and disorders are provided.
Do not change once the selected feed for a new one, even if it has a similar composition of products. Each brand has its own blend and balance. Diet changes can trigger allergies and feel unwell.
How to feed a kitten, accustoming to dry food
If you really had to, accustom the baby to the new food gradually. Over the course of several days, little by little adding complementary foods:
- 1st day: Offer the cat 75% of the usual and 25% of the new food.
- 2nd day: cat menu should be 50×50% of both types of food.
- 3rd day: feed the baby at the rate of 25% of the old and 75% of the new ration.
- 4th day: completely transfer the animal to the new menu.
How many times a day to feed is individual. A small kitten (2 months old) has teeth erupting with might and main, it grows quickly, and the stomach is smaller than a thimble. You will have to feed often and in small portions. To keep your baby healthy and playful, buy only high-quality kitten food.
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Animal complementary foods are distinguished by quality and composition, conventionally dividing into three types.
- Economy and medium classes. this is a cat’s “fast food”. It is made from cheap raw materials (soy, cellulose, cartilage) with a large number of preservatives, dyes, flavor enhancers, etc. Catnip (analogue of valerian).
An example of economy class feed. Kitekat, Whiskas, Friskies, etc.
- Premium and super premium feed are distinguished by a balanced formula of ingredients. With a lot of meat. No preservatives or fragrances. Their composition is thought out to the smallest detail, and specialists work on recipes. Your kitten will gladly devour such a treat every day. for breakfast, lunch and dinner.!
This class includes feed Hills, Josera, Nature’s Protection, etc.
- Hollistic. high-class food is well absorbed by the body of the cat. It is hearty and consists of natural products. Its high cost is offset by a small daily requirement for the animal. Manufacturers do not add flavors and flavor enhancers to the composition. If your mustachioed gourmet is accustomed to a fragrant delicacy, he will not “appreciate” this benefit. For the time being, for the time being. until it gets used to.
Holistic, Chicken Soup, Wellness and others are in demand.
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The fluffy grows, and its owners begin to wonder what to feed the kitten for 3 months. At this age, the principle of animal feeding changes significantly. If up to three months the advantage remained with food chopped in a blender or finely chopped, now it is necessary to help the animal to form teeth correctly. To do this, you need to give him solid food in large chunks in order to form a chewing reflex.
It is at this age that the kitten’s body is ready to digest not only boiled but also raw meat. Of course, in this case, it is important to consider that raw meat is the main source of helminth infection. Therefore, it is important to be confident in the quality of the product.
How to feed a 3 month old kitten?
- Raw vegetables, cut into small pieces.
- Raw or boiled meat (mostly chicken or veal).
- Boiled sea fish (at this age it is still desirable to remove bones from fish).
- Milk and dairy products (yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat sour cream).
How to feed a kitten?
Have you dreamed of a pet for so long and finally brought a little furry into your house? Well, congratulations. this ball of wool will sincerely love and delight you every day. Of course, do not forget that the responsibility for the life and health of a little kitten lies primarily with its owners. This is why it is so important to plan the right diet for your purr. Below I will tell you about the best ways to feed your kitten so that he grows up healthy and happy.
- Basic feeding rules
- How many times a day to feed a kitten?
- Features of feeding kittens depending on age
- What can not be fed to kittens?
- What food to feed the kitten?
Features of feeding kittens depending on age
Above, I already told you that feeding kittens will depend primarily on the age of your pet. This is due to active changes in the body and the need in a particular period of time for a certain set of vitamins and microelements. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at how the fluffy diet changes over time.
Well, you introduced the kid to some food items. Now it’s time to find out what to feed your kitten at 2 months old? There will be no strong differences from the previous stage. The only important change in the diet is that you can now use special dry foods. Many of them take into account the peculiarities of the development of the body of fluffy and offer balanced complexes containing all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
At 2 months, the kitten’s jaws are able to cope not only with mashed potatoes, but also with solid food. Now you do not need to interrupt meat and vegetables in a blender. The kid himself will like to feel like a predator, chewing on small pieces of food.
Do you want to know what to feed two-month-old kittens in addition to all of the above products:
- Fresh or boiled vegetables (pumpkin, cabbage, carrots);
- Lean sea fish (make sure I don’t have bones);
- Sprouted sprouts of oats or wheat;
- Dairy products (fermented baked milk, yogurt without additives, kefir, cottage cheese, fat-free sour cream);
- Cereal porridge (water or milk).
Basic feeding rules
As soon as a small pet crosses the threshold of the house, many owners begin to think about what to feed the kitten. After all, a growing body needs a balanced diet with all the useful vitamins and minerals. Below we will consider the dietary habits of kittens, depending on their age. Now I’ll try to put together a basic set of rules that explains which foods can be used and which are not suitable for feeding kittens.
- First of all, one should take into account the fact that cats are carnivores, the basis of the diet of which is mainly protein products. Depending on age and breed, meat ingredients should make up between 30% and 50% of all other food.
- Of course, it is important to listen to the recommendations of veterinarians when composing a diet for a small kitten. However, sometimes an animal from a very early age feels better what its body needs. See which foods the kitten loves more, and to which he is absolutely indifferent.
- In addition to meat products, the diet should include dairy products, broths, eggs, some vegetables (corn, carrots).
Let’s start from the youngest age and find out how to feed a 1 month old kitten. If up to 3-4 weeks he can completely get by with mother’s milk, then, crossing the threshold of 1 month, babies begin to be interested in various food products from the table of their owners. It is at this time that veterinarians advise to start feeding kittens.
A 4-week-old kitten is an active, inquisitive animal that will happily taste all new products. So try to keep the purr away from unhealthy food. Remember that all this time the only food your pet has known is milk. Therefore, you should start feeding with products that have the most similar consistency. Otherwise, the furry may refuse to eat.
Also, the basis of a monthly kitten’s diet can be dairy products. First of all, we are talking about cottage cheese, which contains a large amount of calcium, which makes it possible to strengthen the bones and teeth of the purr.
By the way, you can interrupt in a blender not only meat. Many kittens enjoy eating boiled vegetables and soups. Keep in mind that raw food at such an early age is harmful to the kitten’s body. Baby’s stomach is not yet able to digest heavy foods.
At 4 months and up to six months, kittens have a rapid jump in height and weight. That is why it is important to choose the most balanced and correct diet. How to feed a kitten at this age? You can leave all the same products that I listed before. The key is to add several meals that will contain the maximum amount of protein. It is he who influences the increase in muscle mass and the harmonious development of the purr.
By 4 months, the kitten’s jaw is fully formed. From now on, you can give him small bones, large pieces of meat. Be sure to keep fresh or cooked vegetables in your diet. They have a positive effect on the work of the gastrointestinal tract and saturate the body with vitamins.
With proper and balanced nutrition, a six-month-old kitten already has 4/5 of its final body weight. The activity and curiosity, which was observed throughout this time, gradually decreases at 6 months. Of course, the kitten will continue to play and run around the apartment. However, at the same time, his body will already spend much less energy.
In fact, after six months in front of you is no longer a small pet, but an adult cat. And you need to feed him as befits adult animals. Ultimately, the diet should remain:
- Boiled meat;
- Chicken or vegetable broths;
- Hard boiled eggs;
I will say for myself. by this time the purr will already have special preferences in food. Therefore, take a closer look at which foods the cat loves and which ones are bypassed.
How many times a day to feed a kitten?
Now let’s figure out how many times to feed the kitten. As a rule, feeding small fluffies begins from a month after their birth. It is then that you need to start planning the cat’s diet, as well as the meal schedule. Please note that a growing organism must eat 5 to 7 times throughout the day. And in some periods (when the kitten’s body undergoes growth spurts), babies may require more food. So here you will have to focus on the individual characteristics of the purr.
How often to feed the kitten? The number of meals will directly depend on the age of the cat:
- 3-4 weeks. These babies need to be fed 7-8 times a day (taking into account the night time).
- 1.5-2 months. Feel free to remove one night feed. 6-7 meals a day are enough for two-month-old kittens.
- 2 to 3 months. Take out another meal, leaving 6 servings a day.
- 4-6 months. The frequency of feeding at this time is no more than 5 times a day.
- 6-9 months. Now you only need to fill the bowl with food 3-4 times a day.
- Closer to one year. 3 times a day.
Depending on the age of the pet, you should calculate not only how often to feed the kittens, but also how much food to put in the bowl.
- For small kittens (up to 1.5 months). The total weight of food during the day should be 120-130 g.
- After a few weeks, the amount of food in the plate increases slightly. 2-month-old kittens need 150-180 g of food per day.
- The active growth period occurs in the third month of the kitten and lasts until the onset of six months of age. At this time, the daily portion of food increases sharply to 220-250 g.
- After six months, the kitten will have enough 180 g of food per day. He gained enough muscle and fat mass in the previous step. Now the main thing is to even out the diet, paying attention to what the pet loves.
- Closer to one year, the growth process of the body is completed, the activity of the purr decreases, and therefore the daily food intake becomes more stable (180-200 g).