Kitten Diet and Health
Feed your kitten specialised kitten food as it will contain all the nutrients your kitten needs to grow up healthily.
Kittens have a very small stomach so they need to be fed little and often, they need to be fed at least 6 times a day. To start off with feed them moist food, this can be softened biscuits or kitten meat and smear a bit onto a plate so they can lick it off. As your kitten gets older start mixing in solid biscuits into the diet. The solid biscuits not only hold the nutrition the your kitten needs it also helps clean their teeth. As your kitten gets older around 6 months of age you can start to feed them bigger meals and leave longer between meal times. At around 8 months old they can start to be weaned onto adult cat food and by they are a year old they should be fed at regular intervals of which you choose and on adult cat food.
Any change in your kittens diet should be done very gradually as they are prone to getting upset stomachs and diarrhoea.
If you want to give your kitten milk make sure it is formulated kitten milk, as cows milk is very hard for them to digest and will give them diarrhoea. Also avoid giving the scraps from the table as some foods which are fine for us to eat can be poisonous to them and also very high in fat.
Carrying out health checks will not only let you pick up on problems at an early stage it also helps you bond between you and your kitten, also it will get use to it for when it goes to the vets.
When you carry out the checks keep talking to your kitten softly and keep reassuring it. It is best to carry out a health check once a week.
The main things to check are:
Eyes: clear and clean, with no discharge and you can not see the third eye lid
Nose: no discharge
Ears: clean, if there is a small amount of muck clean them with a damp piece of cotton and wipe it off, do not use cotton buds and go into the ear canal.
Breathing: watch them breathe make sure it is regular and also listen to their chest and make sure it sounds clear, if they are not purring.
Body: stroke your kitten all over from head to tail make sure that the kitten is happy for you to do so. If your kitten reacts they may have an injury.
Claws: make sure that they are not scuffed or broken
Bottom: make sure it is clean and not red and sore.