Kitten Care: When Should You Start Giving Your Cat Treats?

Not all pet food is the same. There are so many choices for cats at every age and stage of health, it can make your head spin! If you want a healthy and energetic kitten, it’s best to address their unique nutritional needs before training them or rewarding them with treats.

Kittens, like all cats, are pure carnivores, however, their smaller size requires specific kitten care. Their health depends on a steady source of animal proteins in their diet, even more than dogs do. Animal proteins build tissues, muscles and help organs develop normally. Carbohydrates are needed in a smaller proportion, and fats are essential for energy and a healthy coat and skin. Kittens also have a steep growth curve in their first year of life. They require a different proportion of nutrients to support that growth. That’s why pet food companies sell specially-packaged food just for kittens.

No matter which brand you choose, look for the words “Complete and balanced nutrition for kittens based on AAFCO feeding trials” on the label. Otherwise you’re taking a chance that the food is not properly formulated.

Next, you face a choice of three basic types of kitten food: dry, moist and canned. While all food must be supplemented with clean, fresh water every day, your kitten may need more water on a dry food diet. Moist and canned foods have up to 75 percent dietary water, making them more palatable and easy to digest. Avoid making sudden changes from one type of food to another or your may upset your kitten’s delicate digestive processes. Any changes should be made over the course of 7 to 14 days.

There are many vitamin “supplements” being marketed to cat owners for kitten care, but unless a veterinarian has evaluated your kitten care needs and identified a deficiency, don’t buy them. Kitten food is nutritionally balanced so these supplements aren’t needed for a normal, healthy kitten. Table scraps and milk are also not recommended.

Treats are great for training kittens to use a scratching post and for teaching other behaviors, but it’s best to wait until the kitten is well established with a good diet before commencing, usually after three or four months. Kitten treats are rich in fat and calories, so limit their use to no more than 10 percent of their daily calorie intake. More than that will throw off the kitten’s nutritional balance and set them on the road to obesity, especially if they’ve been neutered or spayed in their first few months of life.

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Gianto at 3mths

 

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Smokey, The Little Sneak

The home office is out of bounds for the kitties simply coz there are so much stuff in there that the kitties have too fun “rearranging” stuff. However, there are those occasional moments that either Vievie or Smokey would sneak in when me or Azwaj open the door to get in or out. As these two can behave while in the room, most time we just let them hang out for a while and roll about while we continue working.

This is smokey “hanging’ out.. Simply adorable right?

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Gianto: Sorry Mommy.. Can I Get You A Gift?

I have been a bad boy.. (but it’s not my fault really).

I was running around with Vievie and mommy decided to take a break from working and sat with us on the sofa. Did I mentioned I was running around? Anyway, I was not able to control my excitement and as I ran on the sofa (and mommy) I heard mommy cried and everyone stopped what they were doing. It seemed as I ran on the sofa I had given mommy a souvenir.. Yeap you can see the picture down there.

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Anyway.. I think I really need to make up to mommy for scratching her and since Mother’s Day is coming, perhaps you can suggest some mothers day gift ideas for me?

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Dressing Awan

I loves to dress the kitties up but the only kitty that can actually keep her clothes on is Aggie. The clothes really served her well as it enabled her wounds (from food allergies) to heal and dry up nicely.

However, Awan poses very well in the Aggie’s clothes and although it’s not bill levkoff bridesmaid clothes or anything but she still looked much like a model and diva in her awesomely mommy’s choice clothes. lol!

Check her out.

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Awan in Green

 

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awan in pink

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oppsss.. Smokey wants to pose too

 

 

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Fluffy Friday : Smokey’s Potrait

Yeay Fluffy Friday finally made an appearance at Pheebs blog and so here we are joining as well.

Do you remember Awan’s potrait? Well mommy is finally satisfied with mine and wanted to see what you guys think about it. Happy Fluffy Friday all.

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Share your fluffy friends with us every Friday! Whether it’s a favourite stuffed toy or an adorable pet – basically anything fluffy, we’d love to see your pictures & stories! Leave ONLY the POST URL here and grab the Fluffy Friday badge at Meow Diaries. Any unrelated links will be deleted.



 

 

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