If you've ever seen a kitten at play, it's easy to understand why they require more energy than adult cats. Cats are considered kittens up to 1 year of age. To keep those little furry bouncing balls of energy healthy in adulthood, kittens need a proper diet rich in energy, protein and calcium. Help keep your kitten healthy and happy with these nutritional guidelines from PetSmart experts:
What Ingredients are Important in Kitten Food?
Did you know that kittens require higher levels of protein, fats, calcium, vitamins and minerals than adult cats in order to grow up strong and healthy? In general, dry kitten food should contain at least 30 percent protein and 15 percent fat, while canned kitten food should contain at least 10 percent protein and about 6 percent fat.
Excellent sources of protein include fish, poultry or other meat-based ingredients as well as eggs. Taurine is another essential nutrient found in meat and fish. Taurine might not be listed on the food label, however, if meat, chicken and fish are the first few ingredients listed, these nutrients are usually in the food.
Premium kitten foods have better ingredients that are more digestible which means your kitten will absorb more of the nutrients she needs.
How much should you feed a kitten?
Because kittens are natural calorie burners, they need to eat more frequently. Kittens usually eat three times a day until they're 6 months old and twice a day until they're 1 year old.
The information used in this report is approved by PetSmart nutritionists and vet experts.
Information from "Small Animal Clinical Nutrition," 5th Edition, Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, Roudebush, Novotny, Copyright 2010 by Mark Morris Institute was used in this report.