Picking the Best Kitten Food

Nutrition

02/11/2020

Bringing home a new kitten is exciting. You want the best for your new best friend, and that includes feeding them an excellent, high-quality kitten food. With the large selection of products available, how do you pick which one is best? Read on to see how to choose the best kitten food.

How to Choose a Kitten Food

Your kitten is quickly growing and needs the best kitten food you can buy. Kittens and cats are obligate carnivores, which means they benefit most from a high protein dry kitten food, or a kitten wet food that is very high in protein and low in carbohydrates. The best kitten dry food offers a high-quality protein source as the main ingredient, and limited or easy to digest carbohydrates.

Wet food is beneficial for picky eaters or kittens that don’t like to drink a lot of water. However, dry kitten foods are a great choice for keeping the teeth and gums healthy and providing a quality nutrient profile for growing bodies. If you’re unsure what to give, trying a combination of wet and dry kitten foods together is a good option.

 

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The supplements in your kitten’s food are also important. Kitten vitamins and supplements provide support to growing bones and muscles, and probiotics and prebiotics such as MOS make food easier to digest so your kitten can get the most value out of it. The best kitten probiotic is one that is already added to the food; it can also ease the transition from old food to new with minimal stomach upset.

 

Kitten Food : Specific Needs

When picking the right food for your kitten, you want to keep a cat’s specific needs in mind. Unlike dogs, cats need to ingest taurine, an amino acid that is found in meat products, in order to stay healthy. This amino acid is important in vision and organ function, and vital to keeping your kitten healthy.

 

Transitioning to a New Kitten Food

Transitioning to a high protein kitten food is easy. If you are switching from the food your breeder or the shelter you got your kitten from fed, you will want to do so over a period of seven to nine days. This slow transition will minimize any digestive upset, and give your kitten a chance to try the new food.

Start by feeding 75% of the old food and 25% of the new over the first three days. Then, increase to 50/50 over the next three days. Finally, add in 75% of the new food, and 25% of the old over the last three days. For picky eaters, you may want to moisten or warm up the food in the microwave to make it smellier as cats are more drawn to smelly meals.

Picking the right food for your kitten is easy. Be sure to pick a food that meets your cat’s specific nutritional needs, includes high-quality proteins, and offers a variety of vitamin, mineral, and probiotics supplements. The best kitten food will help keep your kitten happy and healthy for years to come.

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