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From the earliest stages of life, the feeding a kitten takes It must be very balanced so that deficits do not cause problems for you in the future. A good diet is equivalent to good health and well-being of our cat.
Whether you have bottle-fed a kitten or have a cat with young, you will be interested in knowing from when the kittens begin to eat on their own. Therefore, in this AnimalWised article we are going to talk about the age and type of food that puppy kittens eat, so keep reading and discover with us at what age do cats eat alone.You may also be interested in: At what age do dogs eat alone? Index
- What food do kittens eat at birth?
- When do cat puppies start to eat alone?
- Progressive changes
- Other care to take into account
What food do kittens eat at birth?
The first food a kitten takes as soon as it is born is breast milk. This food is very important for them, as it will transmit maternal immunity against the main infectious pathogens..
If we have adopted a kitten of lactation age or its mother rejects it, we must give it a bottle every two hours with special cat's milk, which is very digestive and cow's milk should be avoided. For more information, we recommend consulting the following article: "How to feed a newborn kitten ".
The milk that kittens drink, both by natural breastfeeding and by artificial feeding, is rich in fatty acids, colostrum (antibodies) and vitamins.
When do cat puppies start to eat alone?
Breastfeeding a kitten lasts about 9 weeks, and when her teeth start to come out, that is, about the four weeks, you can start eating feed. We must feed him with an appropriate feed for his age, being advisable to moisten it a little with water to make it easier for him to start the chewing process, or add a little wet food (pate or pieces in sauce).
The food that cats should take from the end of lactation to one year of life must be composed of highly digestible proteins, antioxidants and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. This feed must be of quality and the quantity to be given is estimated according to the weight and the guidance tables that come in the packages. However, depending on the characteristics of our kitten, the veterinarian will be able to tell us if he should eat more or less..
Trade names for growing kitten food have names such as "kitten ", "growth ", and so on. So look at this detail to select the best food for your little one.
If you prefer, you can make homemade food for this stage of life but, as a veterinarian, I recommend a complete feed, since it is very difficult to maintain a perfect balance between all the nutrients.
Now that you know from what age kittens start to eat by themselves, if you try different feed to see which is the most appropriate, you should know that the change in diet must be made progressively and gradually introducing the new food, since sudden changes cause intestinal dysbiosis resulting in diarrhea or vomiting.
If you continue to live with your mother, little by little you will stop breastfeeding them, so it is not necessary to separate them. Likewise, it is not advisable to remove the puppies from the parent before a certain age, since it is with its mother and siblings that the kitten begins to learn the typical behavior of the species. For more information, see our article on "When can kittens be separated from their mother ".
Once the weaning process begins, the kitten will instinctively go to the food bowl, If not, we can teach him by giving him a little food with our hand so that he can get into the routine. If you live with the mother, it is advisable to let her eat from the same plate so that she can observe and imitate.
He will be rationing himself, although it is always advisable to keep an eye on him to prevent him from getting stuffed. On the other hand, it should be noted that the ideal container will be a large and flat plate.
Other care to take into account
By eating more solid the kitten may become constipated, and one way to help him is by gently stimulating his gut, giving gentle massages. We will leave a small tray of sand at your disposal and you will begin to make your bowel movements there.
Coinciding with the beginning of the ingestion of solid food and by itself, the first internal deworming will occur, very important to maintain the health of our kitten. On the other hand, we must offer free access to fresh and clean water. The water bowl should not be too close to the food one and, of course, away from the sandbox, if possible in another room.