There are many commercial foods designed to meet the exact nutritional requirements of growing kittens. The brands do vary in quality, with the premium brands aiming to provide higher quality ingredients to the growing cat.
Choose a “kitten” or “growth” variety until the cat reaches 12 months old. At 8 weeks old, kittens need to be fed 3 times per day. From 4-5 months of age, this can be reduced to 2 larger meals per day. Meal size guidelines can be found on the food label. Any change of diet must be made gradually, over 3-5 day, to prevent your new kitten getting diarrhoea.
It is very important for long-term health to keep your adult cat in lean, muscular body condition. Please ask our vets to learn more about healthy body condition scores in cats. Diet and dental care
Your cat’s diet can influence the health of his/ her teeth and gums.
Never feed your cat cooked bones as these are much more likely to cause problems. An easier alternative to consider is a dental dry food, such as Hills t/d or Royal Canin Dental.
The “gold standard” in dental health is daily brushing with a pet toothpaste, and kittenhood is the perfect time to introduce this to your cat.