Kitten nutrition - why is healthy diet so important?

Kitten

The first year of kitten’s life is a phase where your pet experiences rapid growth. Many physical and mental changes can be observed in kittens during that time. It’s a crucial moment, where cats learn how to behave at home, how to socialise with people and other animals as well as can pick up tricks and necessary skills. During the first twelve months of their life kittens can change drastically - they grow, gain weight and mature before your eyes.

How to feed kittens? 

The digestive system of a kitten is not yet fully developed. Kittens have small and delicate stomachs, that is why you should divide your kitten’s daily food intake into smaller meals throughout the day. With your kitten’s growth you can reduce the number of meals during the day and give your pet bigger portions in a single meal. Teach your kitten to eat meals at set hours in a day and don’t leave the food bowl out too long if your cat doesn't want to eat. Once your kitten gets hungry he will gladly consume his meal. Don’t overfeed a kitten - it can lead to bad eating habits that can later result in overweight or obese cats. 

Recommended for proper kitten nutrition:

Exclusive Kattunge | Balanced dry food for kittens & mother cats

Exclusive Kattunge is recommended for kittens from weaning to 12 months with high content of animal protein and fat to support healthy growth. Also suitable for pregnant and nursing cats.
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Protein: 34%
Fat content: 21%
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Aptit Tonfisk | Complementary wet food for cats

Tasty fresh tuna in gravy.
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Protein: 13.0%
Fat content: 0.1%
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Wet or dry kitten food?

When it comes to cat nutrition, there are conflicting opinions regarding wet and dry food. Cats never got accustomed to drinking still water, so many house cats don’t enjoy drinking water from a bowl. Reduced water intake on top of a sensitive urinary tract makes cats susceptible to many urinary tract diseases. Wet cat food provides your kitten with enough fluids, whereas dry cat food can help with mechanical cleaning of your cat’s teeth. If you decide on giving your cat dry food remember that you can increase the palatability and moisture content of your cat’s meal by mixing dry cat food with wet food or tasty wet treats.

Why diet matters? 

Kitten nutrition is a foundation of proper development and good health of a cat. Suitable food for kittens has to provide your pet with all the necessary nutrients, so your tiny kitten can grow and mature to be a healthy adult cat. Kitten food has to provide your cat with balanced levels of calcium and phosphorus that ensure strong bones and healthy teeth. A diet rich in antioxidants can help protect your cat from any free radicals. Formulas enriched with vitamins A and E can boost your kitten’s immune system and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids can prevent many inflammations. Taurine is an amino acid that is vital to your cat’s eyes and heart health. Cat’s are unable to produce taurine on their own, so their food has to consist of this beneficial amino acid.

When to change your cat’s food? 

Kitten food should be fed until your kitten turns 1 year old. After the first twelve months you can begin to feed your cat formulas made for adult cats. Don’t forget to apply a transition period, so your cat’s digestive system has the opportunity to get accustomed to a new diet. In the first two days of the transition period give your cat a mixture that consists of ¼ of the new food and ¾ of his current food. On the 3rd and 4th day you can give your cat meals that consist of a 50-50 mix of the new and current foods. On the 5th and 6th day you can give your cat ¼ of his current formula with ¾ of a new formula. After the 7 days period you should be able to give your cat his new food with no issue. Bare in mind, although some cat breeds reach their full maturity at around 3 years old, this does not mean you should extend the period, where you feed your cat kitten food. Kitten food is not sufficient for adult cats and can lead to a significant caloric deficit in your cat’s nutrition. 

It may still be useful for kittens:

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£1.50

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Aptit Tonfisk, box | 12 pouches of tasty appetiser for cats

Meal topper with tuna in gravy

£18.95

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Aptit Kyckling, box | 12 pouches of tasty appetiser for cats

Meal topper with chicken in gravy

£18.95

£1.85

£1.85

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Frankie

Frankie is a 16-year-old cat who was earlier this year diagnosed with Kidney issues. When tasked with looking for suitable food for his condition we discovered Husse's Exclusive Urinary. Frankie has happily been eating Husse since and is still extremely healthy at his old age!

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Olly is a thirteen-year-old Bichon Frise, Who has been on Husse for the last 6 years. Being a white-haired pink-skinned dog he is prone to skin issues however ever since using Husse laxolja salmon oil and Ocean care mini salmon dog food he has been In perfect condition with no skin problems arising. Thank you Husse for taking care of my boy!

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Husse is a Swedish producer of food for dogs, cats and horses with over 30 years of experience on the market. Husse's main goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle for animals. All Husse feeds, treats and supplements are made only from the highest quality, carefully selected ingredients. All products are manufactured according to traditional Scandinavian recipes, and the production lines are under constant veterinary control. Apart from the quality of Husse products, it also means the quality of the service. Husse distributors are thoroughly trained in animal nutrition and will be happy to help you choose the right diet for your dog, cat or horse. Husse products are not available in a traditional sales network - we deliver them straight from the factory to the customer, so we can offer the highest quality products at competitive prices. Husse food can always be ordered with door-to-door delivery. 

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In Husse's offer you will find everything your pet may need. Our dry food for dogs and cats is a great foundation of their diet - dry food is properly balanced diets tailored to the needs of dogs and cats of various sizes and at various stages of life, i.e. puppies and kittens, adult and senior dogs and cats. Do you have a dog or cat with special nutritional needs? We took care of the special needs of animals with a sensitive digestive system and food allergies, after sterilization or castration, and pets with a tendency to overweight. Are you looking for toys for dogs and cats? Husse toys are made of the highest quality materials, they are durable and will provide your pet with hours of entertainment. You can diversify the healthy and natural diet of your dog, cat or horse with tasty delicacies. Treats for dogs, cats and horses are a tasty addition to their diet and a great reward during training and training. Do you need grooming products for your pet? Get shampoos, care cosmetics, oils and lotions with which you will take care of the beautiful and healthy appearance of your dog, cat or horse.