Before thinking about the frequency of the pet’s nutrition, it is necessary to clarify information about the beginning of complementary foods. The kitten can eat additional food from 3 or 4 weeks from the date of birth. The question "how often to feed a kitten" is asked by every person who decides to make a furry friend.
From birth to a month
A newborn kitten eats breast milk, the temperature of which ranges from 38-39 ° C, every 2 hours. This fact needs to be known well, especially to those owners whose kitten is left without maternal care for some reason and they need to feed the baby on their own. Milk formula is a ready-made and proper food for kittens and can be purchased at a pet store.
Feeding a kitten in the first month can be divided into 2 stages:
- From birth to 5 days it is recommended to feed the kitten 12 times a day.
- On day 6, the kitten should eat half as much. Such food should last up to a month old.
The temperature of the milk mixture should decrease every week: in the second week from 38 to 32 degrees, in the third - from 32 to 28, in the fourth - from 28 to 24 degrees. It is also necessary to correctly calculate the amount of the mixture.
For every 100 grams live weight from birth to 4 days requires 30 ml. milk mixture. From 5 days to 14, the amount of the mixture increases by 10 ml. Starting from the second week, the amount of food should be 40-45 ml at a time. In the last week, the mixture in the bottle should not be less than 50 ml.
To find out if the kitten is full or not is very simple. After saturation, the kitten itself will no longer absorb the mixture from the bottle.
For the first 2 weeks, the kitten absorbs food through a bottle, after which it can be accustomed to self-feeding.
Month to six months
Starting from the month, the kitten begins to increase its interest in the outside world, so from this age it is necessary to properly feed the kitten. In complementary foods of a grown pet, vegetables, cereals and sour-milk products must be present. It is necessary to feed the pet so that it is not only enough for a gradual set of muscle mass, but also for active pastime.
The frequency of feeding a kitten in 2 months should not exceed 5 times per day. A home kitten should be fed every four hours with 8 hour breaks at night. At 3 and 4 months, the kitten needs to be fed no more than 4 times, and the night break expands to 12 hours.
At 5 and 6 months, feeding kittens too often is not necessary. The number of feedings decreases, but the kitten should eat more, so the portion of one meal increases. 3 meals a day for a six-month-old kitten - ideally correlates with its physical development.
From 6 months to a year
Six months is the age of a kitten, when it can be safely called a teenager. By this time, the kittens grew up and gained a certain weight. If the grown-up kitten is healthy and has no deviations, then it can be fed, like an adult cat.
Starting from 6 months, a kitten should eat no more than 2 times if each meal is varied and complete. At this age, you need to decide on the diet, namely, decide what food you will feed your pet: home or purchased. If you do not form a regime before the year, then there may be problems.
Sample menu for kittens
As they grow older, the kitten should receive new foods with food. Every month, new ingredients are added to the diet.:
- From the fourth week, a small amount of liquid semolina and crushed boiled yolk can be added to the milk mixture in a small amount. Eggs should be on the menu no more than once, in order to avoid the load on the body of a small animal.
- From 2 months, instead of the infant formula, kittens are fed with milk and home-made cottage cheese. Gradually, milk is supplemented with light, thinly cooked cereals and chopped meat. Once a week, you can feed the kitten with soft cheese without additives.
- In the third month, kittens can be fed a porridge of a denser form in combination with small cubes of boiled meat. For a change, the table of grown-up kittens expands thanks to boiled, well-grated vegetables and fresh kefir. In addition, raw scalded meat can be added to the diet in a small amount.
- The menu of the fourth month consists of thick nutritious cereals and pieces of boiled and semi-raw meat. It expands due to various cheeses and fish that can feed a pet no more than once per week.
- Starting from 5 months, the kitten can eat food that adult cats eat.
Tip for busy breeders who don’t want their kitten to eat dry food: Prepare a home-made product to feed your pet.
The recipe is simple: 1 kg of chopped beef must be mixed with two mashed carrots, a spoon of brewer's yeast (they are rich in B vitamins), 20 drops of vitamin D, 5-6 tablets of calcium gluconate and 1 chicken yolk. The finished mixture freezes and is given in portions, depending on the needs of the kitten.
The main condition for feeding a kitten is the correct ratio of nutrients to the number of servings. If you provide proper care and feed the pet correctly, you will have a healthy kitten.