Feeding Guide

An informative and complete guide to feeding your cat correctly

Kittens:

Kittens have very small stomachs which are unable to hold much food.  

Below is what I recommend for healthy digestion and growth.  

Kitten food can be fed but this is not required. Most kitten food contains the same ingredients as adult foods and is often no more than clever marketing that companies use to maximise profit. If in doubt read the labels. The only notable benefit of kitten food is that the kibble is a smaller size. 

There is also no need to give kitten milk, it can cause tummy upsets. Fresh water should always be available. 

Water should be provided in a ceramic or stainless steel bowl, NOT a plastic one. Plastic becomes scratched and harbours bacteria and can cause or make worse an existing case of feline acne. The best means of providing water is a water fountain. There are several types available. My cats love their fountains. They also increase and encourage the amount they drink and is great for cats prone to urine and kidney problems. 

I start kittens off with a ceramic saucer, then they progress to a ceramic bowl, then a water fountain when they are big enough to reach the water. 

 Age (months)Number Of Meals (per day)
 3-44-5 
 5-63-4 
 7-8
 9-102-3 
 11-122-3 
 12+


The above table is simply a rough guide. It is actually impossible to over-feed a kitten and I personally free feed them as much food as they want. They are growing and need the calories! I have yet to see a fat kitten! 

I recommend a balanced mix of quality dry and wet food. When choosing food, look at the meat content (>30%). The higher the content the better.

Please note that any changes to diet should be done gradually, by adding a little of the new food to the old and increasing the quantity of the new until you are only feeding the new food. This will minimise any tummy upsets. 

Feeding your cat a high quality diet will ensure healthy growth, digestion and general good health which will encourage long life with minimal trips to the vet. 

Cats require the same as kittens to remain healthy throughout their adult years. 2-3 feeds a day of quality wet and dry food should be sufficient. Pregnant or nursing queens can be fed a good kitten food (as much as she wants) to provide extra calories. If you notice a change in weight or condition, adjust the amount you are feeding to suit.