You are planning to bring home a teacup Persian kitten? Well, you have chosen the right breed as the Persian kittens are one of the most socializing cat breeds. Most cat lovers like the adorable looks of these kittens and how easy it is to take care of them. But what you need to be careful about is the nutrition of the teacup Persian Kittens.
The Persian kittens have a very sensitive stomach and immune system. Without proper diet, their health will deteriorate very fast and can also prove to be fatal. In this post, we are going to detail what you should feed your kittens.
First things first, it is important to establish a healthy feeding schedule with your kitten so that you do not overfeed her. Usually, new cat parents are too much in love with their new feline family member and feed them overly out of affection. However, they are killing the kitty with kindness. You have to set a strict feeding schedule and here are tips to get started.
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What do kittens eat?
Needs of kittens are very different when it comes to diet than adult cats. Kittens need a lot more nutrition than adult cats as they are very energetic. You need a complete and balanced diet for your kitten that fit its needs. Your vet or cat groomer can advise you which cat food product is most suitable for the kitten. It is important that you select the food that is optimized for your kitten’s life stages. There are a lot of brands that offer high quality and protein-rich diet formula for kittens.
High carbohydrate diet is killer for kittens. Although it offers energy it compromises on healthy calories. Cats need a lot of living protein like fish and meat to support the development of their muscles. A carbohydrate-rich diet does not have enough protein and it makes your cat obese. This is why a balanced diet is mandatory for your kitten.
Where to keep the food?
Cats are territorial animals and they do not like disturbance. This is why you need to keep your kitten’s food and water bowls at a location that is away from noise and traffic. Choose a spot in your house that is not a high-traffic area is comfortable for your kitten to reach. Once your kitten is adapted to the location does not change unless absolutely necessary. Also, you have to make sure that food and water bowls are clean and fresh water is available at all times.
Maintain the feeding routine
Feed your Persian kitten at the same time each day. This will establish a routine and she will learn to adjust her life accordingly. Calling your kitten by name when feeding her will help her to associate her name with pleasant activity. This is a positive reinforcement technique that will strengthen the bond between you and the kitten.
How much to feed the kitten?
Deciding the right amount of food for the kitten can be a little tricky. If you feeding your kitten whole food then you can either put the half of the whole day’s supply in the morning and a half at night or put the whole supply in the morning. The cat food you will choose will have feeding instructions on the packages. Always measure the food servings.
Dos and don’ts of kitten feeding
- Routine and Spot
Cats are a creature of habit so you will have to establish a routine. Feed them at the same time in the same place each day.
Choosing a quite and silent spot in the house to designate it as your kitten’s feeding spot is important. The spot you choose must be clean and smell free. Kittens have a very strong sense of smell and even the faintest fragrances drive them crazy. If you have more than one cat then keep their food and water bowls at a reasonable distance to avoid any bullying or confrontation. You have to be especially careful when you are feeding the kitten alongside an adult cat.
- Transition slowly
A kitten’s digestion is very sensitive and you can upset it easily even by making most unnoticeable changes in the food. Most probably when you bring the kitten home, she will be on a liquid diet entirely. You cannot just introduce her to dry food. Start slow and first introduce her to a diet with one-part solid food and three parts water. Then start decreasing water ratio gradually till she comfortable adapts to dry food. Same goes with switching between canned to dry food or switching between food brands. To change her diet, slowly increasing amount of new food in her diet over the period of time. Even when you do this right, her tummy can still get upset, don’t be surprised.
- Store food properly
Keeping your kitten’s food fresh is important. Keep all the wet food products in the fridge. When you serve canned or frozen food to your kitten bring it to room temperature so that it smells appealing and can be digested easily.
- 24 hour/20 minute rule
You should never keep the opened canned food for more than 24 hours. It spoils after that time period can cause digestive and health risks for kittens. Also, don’t leave uneaten wet food in your kitty’s bowl for longer than 20 minutes. Throw away the leftovers.
- Do not mix cat and dog food
Don’t be a rookie and try to feed the dog food to your kitten. Cat foods are prepared to serve the unique nutritional needs of the felines. Unlike dogs, do not feed your kitten fish or chicken bones as they can splinter and lodge in her throat, even worse can pierce her stomach walls.
- Avoid these foods
Your kitten cannot eat everything. Avoid feeding her milk even when the common notion is cats love milk. Kittens can easily get digestive upsets from milk. Food like chocolate and onions are even toxic to kittens.
Table scraps are a strict no for kittens. This is because such feeding can make her a finicky eater who never returns to her cat food. Also, table scraps are usually high in calories and can cause unwanted weight gains.
We hope these tips will make it easier for you to feed your kitten.