How to properly care for a Scottish kitten?
What is special about Scottish cats? This breed is similar to the British felines, but has its own characteristics. Scottish kittens are extremely sociable and calm by nature. They cannot be left alone for a long time, someone from the household must pay a lot of attention to the pet, otherwise he will get bored.
Fold Scottish kittens, like straights, are well trained. They are quite intelligent animals and very curious.
How to feed a kitten?
From the moment the Scottish kitten settles under your roof, you will have more responsibilities. You need to take care of proper nutrition, vaccinations and many other things.
The owner needs to know not to give dry food to a kitten up to 2 months old. And then you can try one of those feeds that the breeder recommends to you.
If it is more convenient to feed the baby with regular food, then take note of the list of those products that are prohibited from giving to Scottish Fold kittens:
- No smoked sausage and wieners.
- No herring.
- Too fatty foods.
- Forbidden to feed with bones.
- Nothing sweet.
- It is also completely forbidden to give pork, even boiled or raw.
- Boiled chicken can be given,
- Chicken eggs are also not recommended to be given raw, so that the kitten does not get sick with salmonellosis. If you cook eggs separately, then give the kids only the yolk at first.
It is very important to keep track of how much calcium enters your pet’s body with food. When there is a lot of calcium in the food, the ears of the kitten rise, it becomes a straight. The gene that determines lop hearing affects joints and cartilage. If there is a lot of calcium, the cat’s joints will be stronger, but your kitten will not become the winner of the competition.
As for the frequency of feeding, the kitten is fed up to 2 months every 2 hours. Then, by the age of 8 months, the cat is fed 4 times a day, 250 grams for each intake. And in a year, the Scotsman is already an adult, and he needs to be transferred to 2 meals a day.
Oatmeal is cooked for very young kittens with the addition of chicken pieces. If you plan to feed the animal with dry food, then there should always be a bowl of clean water nearby. Poop, I must say, dear. Those types of food that contain the entire diet for the day, taking into account the ratio of meat and plant foods, for many families an expensive overkill.
In general, proper nutrition will ensure that your pet has a long and happy life with you.
Bathing and brushing a kitten
Part of the compulsory care. this is bathing. You need to accustom your kitten to water as early as possible. Although cats themselves lick themselves, sometimes bathing is necessary. Especially when the cats start to shed.
The water temperature should be at least 35 degrees. To bathe the kitten, you need to prepare, special drops drip into the eyes, and the ears are closed with cotton balls. Many cats and cats gradually become accustomed to such procedures and behave calmly, without scratching or pulling away. For bathing, you need a special cat shampoo, which will make the coat even softer. Especially good shampoo is needed when the owner prepares the kitten for the show.
It is advisable to bathe your pet about once a month. Do not forget to wipe his eyes sometimes with cotton swabs. In addition to this procedure, the kitten also needs to be taught that sometimes its ears need to be cleaned, and its claws should be slightly trimmed. From a young age, a kitten must also be taught to tear its claws only on a special scratching post.
Since the wool is stuffed in a fold kitten, it is also recommended to comb it constantly. The Scottish owners are very fond of taking care of their pet. Since they are very calm kittens and usually do not scratch.
When to vaccinate?
It is recommended to vaccinate a Scottish cat kitten from 3 months. There are a lot of viruses and bacteria right on your shoes. And your cat or cat, even without leaving the apartment, can become infected.
Before vaccination, the pet needs to be prepared. Be sure to give the baby an antihelminthic agent and monitor his general well-being. If contraindications to vaccination are noticed, this procedure is moved to another time.
You cannot vaccinate a kitten in the following cases:
- Felovax. This comprehensive vaccine acts as protection against 3 diseases: rhinotracheitis, chlamydia and calcivirosis.
- “Nobivak Tricket”. also over 3 months of age. Protects against the plague.
- An injection against lichen is given at 6 months.
- Rabies vaccine is given at 13 weeks and revaccinated annually.
Chumka. one of the most dangerous diseases. Almost 50% of cases of diseases end in death of the animal. It is better to take the kitten to the veterinary clinic once again and get all the recommended vaccinations.
What suits are popular?
What Scottish kittens are valued? There are many colors of the Scottish breed. There are monochromatic and two-colored individuals. Common gray colors are popular, but they prefer pure white or white with red Scots.
The most popular ash kittens of the Scottish breed, but we also love the red color, pure white, as well as cream tones, black and torby.
There is a theory that pure white cats with blue eyes are often deaf, this may be due to the fact that their genes are weak. But they look very cute.
What food can be given to a Scottish kitten
I introduce all new owners of graduates of my cattery in advance with recommendations for keeping and caring for a Scottish Fold kitten. The more the lifestyle of the kitten in the new house will be similar to that in the mother’s cattery, the easier the adaptation of the kitten after the move will be. Over time, you can make changes in the usual way of life of your Scottish Fold kitten, but at first we recommend that you adhere to the recommendations.
FOOD. Clean and fresh water should ALWAYS be freely available. The best utensil for water. heavy and ceramic, sturdy glass. Water containers must be washed and refilled every day.
Dry industrial food of a super premium or holistic class, appropriate for the age and breed of a kitten, should always be freely available. The use of complete feed is ideal. The kitten will not eat more than it needs. I do not recommend using wet canned food as a permanent food (there is very little meat. there is no more than 4% in the meat composition).
POSSIBLE: Natural products can be given 1-2 times a day: beef, horse meat, poultry, chicken, turkey (hearts (pork hearts, beef and poultry can be used), red meat, necks, day-old chickens) must be raw and frozen (in the wild cats do not cook their own breast for lunch anywhere), fermented milk products, quail eggs. Please be careful when introducing new foods into your kitten’s diet. Be aware that some pigmented ingredients in a kitten’s diet can affect coat color, especially in silvers.
DO NOT: It is strictly forbidden to feed the kitten with stale products, sausages, salty and sweet foods, pork, lamb, butter, condensed milk, fatty sour cream.
During the period of active growth, starting at the age of 1 month, all growing kittens can be given preparations with glucosamine to ensure the full development of bones and joints. Taurine, biotin and L-lysine and other vitamins and minerals are important supplements to the Scottish Fold kitten’s diet. Get quality vitamins.
You can grow fresh Scottish kitten grass (wheat, oats, special cat mix, or parrot food). You can use sawdust to grow greenery, not soil. Firstly, it is safer, and secondly, it is more hygienic, and thirdly, you can immediately throw a lump of sawdust entangled in roots into the trash after the cats nip all the greens.
Remember that some houseplants can be hazardous to your kitten’s health.
RESTROOM. I use lumpy litter like Pi-Pi Bent and a house tray or quality open trays with wide rims to prevent the litter from scattering when the cat digs in the litter box. The use of filler greatly facilitates cleaning the house and caring for the kitten.
After bringing the kitten home, first of all, put it in the tray and do not be discouraged if the kitten does not immediately use it. Repeat the potting procedure every hour. Usually the kitten starts fussing and meowing when it wants to go to the toilet. If the litter box is in the toilet, keep the door ajar at all times. It is best to install a cat door in the bathroom door. If the kitten goes to the toilet in the wrong place, remove the dirt and treat this place with Antigadin, UrinOff, Nature’s Miracle, baking soda with 9% vinegar solution or any detergent with citrus scent. Our choice for cleaning organic dirt. soda and vinegar.
PLAYING AND COMMUNICATION: Daily communication with people and active play are very important for the physical and emotional development of the kitten, he must have enough space for outdoor games. It is necessary to have a scratching post in the house, it is desirable to have a special house complex. The kitten should have its own sleeping place, although it may prefer to sleep in different parts of the house, including in a person’s bed. Favorite toys of kittens: hanging rabbit legs, balls, fake mice, toys with catnip, flies with feathers, fur or leather. Household broom, small parts from children’s toys, styrofoam, electrical wires, plastic bags and Christmas tree rain can be deadly for a kitten.
SAFETY: The wires must be hidden from the kitten. He can start playing with them if he has few special toys and if he is not given enough attention. Do not leave your kitten indoors with unprotected windows open. It is advisable to have special nets or bars on the windows in all rooms where the kitten has access, including balconies and loggias. In case of living outside the city, it is advisable to build a special outdoor enclosure for the kitten or not let the kitten go for a walk alone and without a harness.
CHILDREN in the house: kittens from my cattery grow up in a family with two children of different ages, they know how to play and communicate safely with them. Please explain to your children how to play with the kitten (you cannot hurt, scare, hit, grab onto different parts of the body sharply). Teach children to handle the kitten correctly. When a kitten turns into an adult large animal, it will be uncomfortable and painful to be picked up incorrectly.
OTHER ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE: At first, do not leave the kitten alone with other animals. In the presence of old residents, try not to pay attention to the new tenant until they accept him. Wipe your animal and novice with the same cloth every day, and iron them often with one hand to blend in the animal odors. Keep in mind that a new hierarchy of relationships will be established between the animals for some time. If it seems to you that the adaptation process has been delayed, be sure to contact the Breeder!
HEALTH: do not use medications without consulting the Breeder! Aspirin, Albucid, Paracetamol are strictly prohibited. Annual vaccination is obligatory! Two weeks before vaccinations, deworming should be carried out with Drontal Cat, Cestal Cat or Milbimax in an age-appropriate dosage. For preventive purposes, deworming should be carried out 4 times a year. Treatment for exoparasites is carried out 2 times a year.
TRAVELING: We recommend purchasing a plastic carrier that is approved for transporting animals on the plane and that fits the size of an adult Scotsman. To travel by public transport (plane, train), you will need to obtain a veterinary certificate of vaccinations in your veterinary clinic based on the entries in the veterinary passport. Bring a new carrier with you and your kitten will go to your home in complete safety!
CASTRATION: if your kitten is not intended for breeding, then most likely he will move into your house already neutered. Neutered animals are distinguished by better health, shiny and long hair, calm demeanor, they do not mark their territory. Non-castrated animals are more prone to diseases of the genitals, their appearance may deteriorate (thinness, hair loss), they may be less friendly to people and other animals due to hormonal surges. details can be found in the next section on castration and sterilization. on our website.
Before you start breeding, think that this is a very difficult and painstaking work that requires serious preparation, large regular financial costs and deep knowledge in the field of felinology and veterinary medicine, that you will have to take responsibility for the fate of future offspring.
IMPORTANT: no matter how hard you try to follow our recommendations, remember that a change of scenery is stressful for a kitten. Therefore, at first after the move, it is possible that the kitten will try to hide in a secluded place, he may have a slight indigestion due to the change in drinking water, he may refuse food. These are temporary phenomena that should not cause your concern, but which must be reported to the Breeder.
We hope that our recommendations will be useful to you. Please, first of all, contact me with all questions and doubts that may arise in connection with caring for your pet. Our common task with you is to ensure a decent quality of life together for people and cats.!
What are the options?
It may seem that the choice of food for kittens alone is huge and difficult to understand. But whatever the lifestyle and health status of your kitten, you can easily find food that is right for him.
Kitten food has a high m of protein required for the growth of your pet, as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and iron, which strengthen the bones and teeth of the kitten.
If there are no medical contraindications, the final choice of dry or soft food for a kitten is yours (and, of course, your furry friend).
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- Dry food is easy to weigh and use; in addition, compared to soft food, it retains its nutritional characteristics unpacked for much longer.
- Dry food also helps keep kitten teeth healthy. Your pet will be forced to chew dry food more actively, which will help him get rid of dental plaque.
- As a rule, dry food consists of small pads that are easy to chew and swallow by kittens.
- Using dry food, you can measure your pet exactly as much food as it needs. no more, no less.
- Some kittens prefer the smell and taste of wet food, as it is more flavorful and much softer to chew than standard dry food.
- The added convenience of using soft food is that it can be supplied in portioned packages, so your kitten will enjoy the freshest and most delicate food every time.
- Wet food provides the kitten with additional fluid intake.
Now PURINA is one of the leaders in the pet food industry and produces several types of dry and soft food for kittens, each of which is the product of the latest scientific developments that allow us to successfully achieve the advantages in quality, taste and nutritional value of our products. Any owner will be able to find a suitable type of food for his kitten, regardless of the age and lifestyle of his pet.!
How to feed a kitten properly?
Habits play a special role in the life of kittens, so it is necessary to accustom your pet to a strict daily routine as soon as possible.
Try to feed the kitten at the same time, choosing a quiet, calm and secluded place for this, located as far from the litter box as possible.
For feeding, choose a surface that is easy to clean or use a kitten feeding kit. Use only clean dishes, because kittens are, in fact, very demanding creatures. Some people prefer shallow bowls or saucers, and the use of such utensils will help slow down the eating process somewhat, which is extremely important for active and fussy kittens who eat too quickly.
If you have multiple kittens at home, make sure their bowls are separated and not side by side, this will help you avoid conflicts between pets. If the kittens do not get along with each other at all, you will have to organize feeding for them in different places at home.
Try to feed your pet food that is moist at room temperature so it smells better and is easier to digest. In this case, it is advisable to either take the food out of the refrigerator about an hour before feeding the kitten, or warm it up in the microwave, just do not forget to make sure that it does not become too hot!
Wet food dries quickly, so do not leave it outdoors. After opening the wet food package, do not store it for more than 24 hours, even in the refrigerator.
Dry food, unlike wet food, can be left on for the whole day without spoiling. It should be stored in a dry, clean place, ideally in an airtight container or box, so that it retains its flavor and aroma.
Kittens can grow very quickly and seem to have a great appetite, but even their eyes can be larger than their tiny stomachs! Here are some tips to help you figure out how much food your pet needs.
- Four small meals a day is what kittens need after being separated from their mother cat. If your daily routine does not allow you to feed your kitten four times a day, three meals a day can be preferred, but in this case, try to leave some dry food for your pet as a snack. And it is better to use only dry food, and then you do not have to worry about the fact that it will lie in the bowl all day, because it will not spoil anyway.
- When the kittens are older, it is worth reducing the amount of food to three portions a day. By the age of six months, kittens can be transferred to two meals a day. Remember: Unlike dogs, cats are trained to eat small meals frequently, so they need to be fed more than once a day under all circumstances.!
- Always read the food instructions on the packaging of kitten food carefully. At the same time, remember that this is a must, but far from exhaustive, condition for correct portion size determination. If necessary, it will be useful to seek the advice of a specialist. Remember: the most important thing is that your pet is healthy and in great physical shape! To achieve this goal, you can use our special Application for monitoring the physical condition of a kitten. Also, try to always contact your veterinarian if there is even the slightest suspicion that your pet is overweight or underweight.
In addition to the diet, which implies the use of full portions of food several times a day, absolutely no additives are required, since your pet will already receive all the necessary nutrients and trace elements. However, some foods (such as treats, snacks, and meals made entirely of fish or meat) do not contain all the nutrients that cats need to survive. Therefore, if you feed a kitten with such food, make sure that your pet still receives all the trace elements necessary for its development.
Remember, while treating yourself to treats is a great way to improve your relationship with your kitten, you should be careful not to overdo it as your pet grows.
But feeding the kitten from the table is clearly not the best idea. Food intended for humans is high in calories, but it lacks the nutrients your pet needs. over, certain types of food can even harm the kitten, causing stomach pain.
Most cat treats are not intended to be consumed by tiny kittens and may contain too many calories. There is another problem. the large sizes of desserts can cause shortness of breath and even choking in a small pet.
It is best to wait until the kitten is a little older before giving him treats. However, even after a few months, you should carefully select desserts specially designed for kittens. In addition, it is important to maintain a nutritional balance: for example, when your pet grows up, the calorie content of treats and snacks should not exceed 10-15% of the daily needs of his body. And in order to avoid overeating, do not forget to reduce the volume and calorie content of the pet’s main diet. preferably, strictly by the same amount of calories that the kitten receives from treats.
Is your kitten growing up really fussy and refusing the food offered to him? Trust me, you are not alone. this is a very common problem! Many kittens have their own preferences and habits regarding the taste, appearance and smell of food, and if you offer your pet something different from his traditional food, the new food is likely to cause him to burp quickly. Sudden vomiting or belching after eating, as well as complete refusal to eat, can be signs of serious health problems, so in such a situation it is advisable to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. At the same time, to solve this problem yourself, you can use the following useful tips.
- Change the feeding time of the kitten, moving it to a later date, when all household and pets have already eaten. Take the kitten to a quiet, secluded place and try to feed him there, away from the hustle and bustle and stress of everyday life. You can also try replacing dry food with wet food or offer the kitten food with a different smell.
- Make sure the kitten’s bowl is washed clean and that the dry food in it hasn’t deteriorated.
Providing your kitten with enough water is just as important as finding the right food. This is especially true when feeding your pet dry food.
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- Make sure the kitten has full access to fresh, clean drinking water. Always keep the bowl of water separate from the food saucer, making sure that both bowls are as far away from the litter box as possible.
- The bowl of water should be low enough for the little kitten to drink comfortably from it. It is best to use ceramic dishes, as some kittens do not like to see themselves reflected in metal bowls.
- If your pet is reluctant to drink water, try larger dishes. many kittens hate it when their whiskers touch the edges of the bowl.!
- After the cat stops feeding the kittens, they no longer need milk, so you should not use it as a substitute for water. over, some kittens and adult cats have milk intolerance and can often cause diarrhea. Even specially formulated kitten milk should not be served as a drink, but solely as food or a treat. If you decide to give your kitten this milk, make sure that it is completely suitable for your tiny pet’s sensitive stomach.
How to change your kitten’s diet?
The digestive system of a kitten can be very sensitive, so you should only change the diet in extreme cases, so as not to harm the baby’s stomach. To keep your pet happy and healthy, you should adhere to the diet to which the kitten has already got used to with the previous owner or in a cat shelter. of course, provided that this diet is balanced and contains enough nutrients. If your kitten is unwell, it suddenly loses its appetite or starts to eat less than usual, you should immediately consult your veterinarian.
If your veterinarian advises you to change the kitten’s diet, remember to do this gradually so as not to harm the animal’s digestive system. Below are some tips to help you with this.
- Place the old and new food in different bowls in front of the kitten so that he can taste each of them.
- After the kitten has tasted the new food, add some of the new food to the bowl of the old food.
- Over the course of 7-10 days, gradually increase the amount of new food and reduce the amount of old food until your pet switches to the new diet completely. However, take your time and remember that in some cases it may take longer.!
- If a kitten’s diet needs to be changed for medical reasons, consult your veterinarian about when and how it is best to do so.
If you are transferring a kitten from soft food to dry food, remember that your pet will have to chew food more actively, which means that he will need more water. Perhaps the kitten will eat food not at one time, but in several approaches. Dry food provides more energy than soft food, so when switching to wet food you may need to increase the portion size to maintain the kitten’s calorie intake. And do not forget: regardless of the age of your pet, there should always be enough fresh and clean drinking water in its bowl.
A diet that includes homemade food and industrial food is called mixed feeding. It is ideal for the care and nutrition of adult Scottish Straight and Fold cats and cats and allows you to balance the diet as much as possible.
Remember that eating too much will cause obesity in animals. According to the rules:
- you can not feed natural and industrial feed at a time;
- feed of different origin needs to be fortified.
With mixed feeding of castrated cats and spayed cats, fish and salt are excluded from the feed.
Choosing food for a Scottish kitten
From one month to six months
Caring for a Scottish Fold or straight kitten from the second month of life changes: by this time the animal has its first teeth.
- The fast-growing organism of the Scots requires high-calorie food, therefore, egg yolks mixed with minced meat are introduced into the feed of kittens at this age. Stop boiling vegetables, rub them on a fine grater, or grind them raw in a blender.
- Including breast milk, the total amount of food consumed by the kitten should not be less than 120 grams per day. From the age of two months, animals begin to accustom themselves to industrial feed. It is important to monitor their quality and choose according to the age of the animals. Dry food is soaked in water or milk.
- At 3 months old, Scottish kittens are completely transferred to food and weaned from mother’s milk. At this age, breeders start giving out babies. Once in the hands of a new owner, animals should not feel a sharp change in the composition of their diet. This can disrupt their digestive system. The result is vomiting, diarrhea.
- Feeding becomes 6 times a day. The daily amount of food consumed does not exceed 180 grams. Dry food for Scottish Fold and Straight kittens is no longer soaked. By the age of 3 months, the animals have fully formed the dentition. Boiled meat is no longer ground, but cut into small pieces.
- To replenish the body of the Scots with the necessary vitamins, meat is mixed with mashed raw vegetables. The bran is added to this mixture. Along with vegetables and meat, cereals boiled in water are included in the diet.
- At the age of 4-5 months, Scottish kittens should eat about 240 grams of feed per day. They eat 4-5 times a day. The diet is not fundamentally changed, but the proportion of products in it is changed. poultry, rabbit and beef are added to the food for half-year-old Scottish Fold kittens. You do not need to cut their pieces into small pieces. Coarse cuts of meat contribute to the development of the jaw of animals.
- The amount of meat in the diet should be at least 160 grams per day. Porridge boiled in water is enriched with pieces of raw vegetables, minerals and vitamins, which are added to the product in the form of a mineral complex purchased from a veterinary pharmacy. Straight and lop-eared kittens, transferred to industrial food, should receive only food from one manufacturer that is appropriate for their age. From the 5th month of life, the Scots begin to give them sea fish.
What to feed a Scottish kitten by age
The first 2 months Scottish kittens feed on the milk of the mother cat. Despite this, they begin to feed them long before giving up breast milk.
As with all carnivores, the diet should include foods high in animal protein. For the normal growth and development of Scots, it is important not only to choose the right food, but also to feed strictly on schedule.
At home, it is recommended to use 3 types of feeding:
- natural products;
- industrial feed;
- mixed products.
Mandatory requirement. the food in their bowl must always be fresh.
What to feed and how to care for a Scottish Fold kitten
Many owners do not know how to feed Scottish Straight and Fold kittens, but the same diet can be used to care for Scottish Fold and Scottish Straight. When choosing it, the peculiarities of the digestive system of animals of this breed and their age are taken into account. The main condition is nutritional balance.
With age, Scottish cats may develop obesity or urolithiasis and obesity if not properly cared for. Home feeding should be perfectly balanced with natural foods. The diet includes:
- Lean meat. Scottish kittens are fed them daily in the form of minced meat, which, after cooking, is stored in the freezer for at least 24 hours. Before giving the minced meat to the Scots, it is poured over with boiling water.
- A fish. It is given to kittens in the form of fillets, boiled in salted water for 20 minutes, once a week. Among the permitted varieties are hake, sea bass, carp.
- Porridge. They are boiled in water. For cooking, use buckwheat, barley and wheat groats. It is recommended to include cereals in the feeding ration 3-4 times a week and mix them with meat.
- Vegetables. Depending on age, kittens are given cooked or raw foods 3-4 times a week. Pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, beets, broccoli are best.
- Fruits. Many kittens love pears, apples, bananas and grapes. Do not feed them to animals more often than once a week.
- Milk and fermented milk products. Fermented baked milk, kefir, cottage cheese and cream can be given up to 1 year old 1-2 times a week. Foods should not be too high in fat.
- Grass. Finely chopped stems mix well with porridge.
It is important to enrich natural feed with vitamins. Lack of them leads to loss of coat shine and shedding. Natural feeding can be done in two ways:
- Immediately put the daily food intake in the cat’s bowl. the kittens themselves regulate their food intake.
- Use the portion feeding method.
New natural products are included in the diet of animals consistently.
After 6 months
Six month old kittens are considered adolescents, and their bodies continue to form up to two years old. Scots are fed at this age 4 times a day. Some of them go on their own to eat 2 or 3 times a day. Cats begin to estrus after 6 months, during which they have a decrease in appetite.
At the age of 6 to 9 months, Scottish kittens eat 180-200 grams of food per day. The daily feed rate should be 3-5% of their body weight. Dill, parsley or special cat grass are starting to be included in the food for Scottish Fold and Straight cats and cats over 8 months old.
A mother cat does not always have enough milk to feed her offspring. Save babies from starvation in such cases with milk formula.
Until the Scots reach the age of two weeks, it is given to Scottish kittens every 2-2.5 hours. For 3-4 weeks, the interval between feedings with milk formula is increased to three hours.
All complementary foods for kittens under 1 month of age should be soft. You can feed the Scottish Fold and Straight kitten during this period:
- cereals boiled in water and diluted with milk;
- boiled, ground and diluted chicken with bottled water;
- grated boiled vegetables.
This food is suitable for daily consumption. Once or twice a week, you can give kefir, fermented baked milk or curds. The bowl should always be filled with clean, bottled water. You need to change it at least 1 time a day.
Scottish Folds are eaten at this age at least 8 times a day. Food intended for them should be at room temperature.
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:
- Day 1: Offer the cat 75% of the usual food and 25% of the new food.
- 2nd day: the 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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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) in raw (frozen) or boiled form. 2-3 times a week.
For the development of a tailed pet, balanced cat food is what you need! Your pet will not refuse 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. If you change the types of food, the stomach and intestines will not be able to quickly reorganize. As a result, metabolic disorders and disorders are provided.
Do not change the once selected feed for a new one, even if it has a similar composition of products. Each brand has its own blend and balance. Diet change can trigger allergies and feel unwell.
What is the best cat food
Animal complementary foods are distinguished by quality and composition, conditionally dividing into three types.
- Economy and medium classes are cat fast food. It is made from cheap raw materials (soy, cellulose, cartilage) with a lot of preservatives, dyes, flavor enhancers, etc. catnip (analogue of valerian). An example of economy class food. Kitekat, Whiskas, Friskies, etc.
- Premium and super premium feeds 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 be happy to eat such a treat every day. for breakfast, lunch and dinner! This class includes Hills, Josera, Nature’s Protection, etc.
- Hollistik. high quality 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, then he will not “appreciate” this benefit. For the time being, until he gets used to it. Holistic, Chicken Soup, Wellness, etc. are in demand.
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How to feed a kitten
With the appearance of a kitten in the house, the question arises: what should be fed?
The most important thing here is to immediately understand that you cannot feed the cat with the food that you eat! After all, her digestive system has its own characteristics. It is strictly forbidden to give to cats: salty, peppery, fried, spicy, sweet. This threatens to disrupt the work of internal organs (stomach, liver, kidneys). Pedigree cats are especially susceptible to this, including British.
The diet of British kittens at any age should be balanced. There are two options here: either prepared food or natural food.
The first option is suitable if you have little free time to cook food for your kitten. And if you want to pamper your pet with a variety of foods, then this is your choice. natural food. In this case, the main thing is that it is proper nutrition, which includes everything necessary for the growth and development of the kitten.
The nutrition of British kittens while they are small should consist of non-fatty foods. This is necessary so that there is no load on the internal organs, and the kitten grows up healthy and energetic. So how to feed a British kitten?
The main product should be meat and poultry (chicken, turkey).
It is better to take non-fatty beef from cold cuts (kidneys, heart, etc. are also suitable). Meat requires mandatory heat treatment, so boil it or scald it with boiling water. Before scalding, cut it into pieces no larger than 2 centimeters and pour boiling water several times. Such treatment is necessary to protect against helminth infection.
Chicken must also be given cooked and without skin, because it is poorly absorbed by the feline organism. Be sure to separate all bones and cut into small pieces. So it will be more convenient for the animal to eat and it will remain clean near the bowl. You can add cereals to meat: rice, buckwheat, well-cooked in a ratio of 2/1.
The nutrition of Scottish and British kittens must necessarily include dairy products: cottage cheese (low-fat or low-fat), sour cream (10%), low-fat kefir, yogurt without fruit additives and cream (10%). These foods will suit your pet’s taste and are good for their health.
You can also include eggs in the kitten’s diet.
Stir the boiled yolk with meat or cereals, or serve separately. Let the quail eggs raw, they are preferable. The best option. is to break a quail egg into shredded chicken. It is rich in vitamins and minerals necessary for a kitten. It will improve his digestion.
From vegetables, you can give cabbage, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers. both raw and boiled.
And how much food to give the kitten, you yourself decide. As a rule, at the age of 2-3 months they eat little, often leaving food half-eaten. This does not mean that the kitten is not healthy, just the amount of “not eaten” turned out to be superfluous. Over time, the appetite will increase, and you can gradually increase the serving. Food for kittens during the growth period is very important, but also overfeeding. also not worth it! Just like an adult cat, it is enough to feed 2-3 times a day.
If you decide to feed your pet with ready-made food, then limit yourself to them. Do not mix them with natural foods. This causes digestive upset in cats. Therefore, a kitten’s diet should consist of high-quality proven food.
Give preference to professional feeds (Royal Canin, Hills, Jams, Diamond).
Choose a special series “for kittens” or “for cats up to 1 year old” for your British kittens. These foods are suitable for kittens from 2 months to a year old. A month-old kitten, if for some reason he was left without breast milk, I recommend feeding a special Royal Canin Babycat Milk formula. I also recommend giving it to kittens in the first days of weaning from mother’s milk, it helps a lot when switching to independent nutrition.
It is better not to abuse feed “economy class” (Whiskas, Kitekat, Friskies) and give them not often, because they contain many flavors, flavor enhancers, etc. What is absolutely not useful for your animal, moreover, it can serve the development of diseases of internal organs.
Do not forget that once every six months it is necessary to give food for the prevention of urolithiasis.
There should always be a bowl of water next to food. Do not add tap water. The water should be clean, filtered, in a word, pour your pet the water you drink yourself. Do not allow dirty water to be drunk, for example from a bucket or basin If your pet prefers dry food, then the water bowl should be larger. With this diet, the kitten consumes a lot of water.
The rules for feeding cats over a year old on natural food include several points.
- Meat should be present in the diet every day, at every meal. Choose lean varieties: chicken, rabbit, beef.
- Fish in the diet is needed 2 times a week. Desirable marine representatives with low fat content of meat.
- Give porridge about 3-4 times a week. It can be buckwheat, barley, wheat.
- Dairy products.
- Vegetables should also be on your pet’s menu. The multiplicity in the diet is the same as that of cereals.
- Fruit can be given in small amounts, preferably in the morning. Choose unsweetened fruits: apples, pears. Very rarely let your pet indulge in grapes.
- Give fresh herb daily. To do this, you can independently germinate wheat, green buckwheat. You can also purchase special herbs at pharmacies.
- On natural food, cats need supplements in the form of vitamins and minerals once every 6-12 months.
- It is forbidden to give cats food from your table, as well as pamper them with pastries, pastries.
When feeding with dry food, you will not have any difficulties. Manufacturers have fully taken into account the pet’s needs for nutrients, vitamins, minerals, supplements in the form of herbs. You will only need to comply with the dosage indicated on the pack.
If your pet is not a glutton, you can fill the bowl once a day in a volume equal to the daily dosage. But if your cat empties the bowl right away and asks for supplements, you need to fill the bowl just before eating.
The most important thing on artificial feed is constant access to fresh water. Since there should be a lot of it to digest crackers.
A feeding option that combines natural and industrial nutrition also has a right to exist. There are a few simple rules to follow:
- you can not give dry food at the same time as natural food;
- before giving industrial feed, make sure that at least 4 hours have passed since the consumption of naturalka;
- frequent changes in homemade food and industrial feed are not recommended by veterinarians, since different mechanisms of the gastrointestinal tract are used for digestion, and problems may arise.
Industrial feed overview
Dry food is devoid of all of the above disadvantages. You don’t have to stand at the stove every day, come up with new combinations of dishes. In adulthood, cats independently regulate the amount of food eaten at a time, and babies need to fill a bowl several times a day. When feeding croutons, it’s easy to make sure your cat doesn’t overeat. Also, you do not need to introduce special additives into the cat’s diet. Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, grass and fiber have already been added to commercial feed. Another undoubted plus of such a diet is a decrease in the volume of feces.
In order for you to be completely sure of the quality of the feed, you must carefully read the composition indicated on the package. Look for manufacturers that add natural meat in the form of dried fiber. High-quality food should not be free of foreign impurities, such as dyes, flavor enhancers, flavors. All this is present in the feed of the mass market. They are made from low quality ingredients. For cats, it’s like chips and crackers for humans.
Elite premium food, on the other hand, is perfect for your Scotsman. This can be: Pronature, Purina, Royal Canin and a special series for kittens Royal Canin Size nutrition Mini Junior, Hills and Hills Science Plan Puppy Kitten. for babies, Eukanuba Puppy Junior Small Breed. only for the smallest.
It is desirable that these feeds be produced in Europe or America. There is a strict selection of quality.
Buy kittens special food that is age appropriate. Do not exceed the dosage indicated on the pack.
In order to transfer the baby to “crackers”, a transitional period is required. At first, cook weak meat broths and soups, where soak the crackers completely. This option is suitable for a 2 month old kitten. Over time, slightly change the consistency and by the sixth month, crackers should come across in the food. The full transition should be completed by 9-10 months. From a year on, there will be food for an adult cat. Provide water for your cat to digest industrial feed.
Place a bowl for liquid next to the food bowl. Change the water every time you eat. Its attenuation, as well as flowering, is unacceptable.
From birth to 2 months, kittens eat mother’s milk. Such feedings can be up to 7-8 times a day.
Very rarely, the mother of a cat does not have milk, or for some reason she abandoned kittens, then the responsibility for feeding falls on the shoulders of the breeder.
In the veterinary pharmacy, special milk mixtures are purchased, which must be fed every 2.5-3 hours, including at night, until the kittens reach the age of 14 days. Then every 3 hours up to 1 month.
During this period, milk is the basis of the diet, there should be no complementary foods. During the second month, babies already need water, and it is also allowed to give food other than milk. Pieces of new food should be small, be sure to soak in milk or meat broth. At 2 months old, Scottish cats continue to drink milk. The number of feedings is maintained up to 7 times a day.
If you have planned to feed the cat with dry food, then start accustoming to it right now. Remember to take good quality food, age appropriate.
From 3 months lactation in the mother stops. The number of feedings is still large and reaches 6 times a day. Food should be semi-liquid, milk can be given. From 4 to 9 months, gradually reduce feedings up to 4 times. Give more solid food, gradually increasing the density.
The ideal feed for this transitional period when feeding ready-made feed will be wet canned food, to which croutons from dry food are added.
At this age, it is also important to comply with the dosage indicated by the manufacturer, as well as to choose food according to age.
Cottage cheese is allowed to be given no more than once a week, as it contains an excessive amount of calcium and, most likely, will lead to straightening of the ears in Fold Scots. But give the rest of the fermented milk products more often, about 3 times a week. From 10 months, it is already possible to transfer the cat to the adult diet 2-3 times a day. On a natural diet, give milk, cottage cheese is allowed more often from now on.
The basis of the diet is meat; it is necessary to give cereals and vegetables. Be sure to give herbs fresh, in the form of a finely chopped supplement. When feeding dry food, choose the right manufacturer. This should not be a mass market, it is desirable to purchase premium feed. Divide the daily allowance by 2-3 times, pour into a bowl before eating. Ensure constant access to fresh water.
How to Take Care of a Scottish Fold. Feeding Your Cat
What to feed Scottish Fold cats?
A cat or a Scottish Fold cat appeared in your family, and immediately the question arose about the pet’s diet. After all, a properly selected menu is a guarantee of your pet’s health, therefore it is so important to know how many times a kitten eats a day, and what should be included in every feeding at home.
What not to give?
We have analyzed in detail the rules of nutrition, discussed what can be given to Scottish Fold cats. Let’s now decide what they can’t.
- Food from the master’s table. Smoked meats, pickles, confectionery products are harmful to a small body.
- Milk for pets over a year old can be fatal.
- Poor quality feed. We have already said that they are made from low quality ingredients and only harm the “Scots”.
- Fatty meats: pork, lamb are difficult to digest and can lead to indigestion.
- Raw, unprocessed meat that may contain parasites.
- River fish is prohibited, as it contains a large number of small bones.
- Onions, potatoes are not digested by the body of a cat.
- Parsley, dill, cilantro. can push the cat away from food.
Fatty meats, pastries, pastries will lead to obesity of your pet, especially if it is castrated. Therefore, do not accustom the cat to them from infancy. If you don’t know the taste of the dish, it is easy to refuse it.
Frequent consumption of sweet fruits is undesirable, as they can lead to diabetes in your pet.
You will learn more about the rules for feeding Scottish Fold cats by watching the following video.