A cat's lifespan, its health and well-being are in direct proportion to what it eats. There are usually no special problems with the nutrition of adult cats. How to properly feed a Persian kitten?
As a rule, kittens are transferred to new owners at the age of 9-12 weeks. When purchasing a little "Persian", get all the information about the diet from the owner and follow all the instructions from the first day. Do not allow an abrupt change in diet. Separation from the mother, brothers and sisters, from the familiar environment is already stressful for the kitten. During this period, the danger of infectious diseases is added, due to the fact that the baby's body ceases to receive the necessary antibodies from the mother. In this environment, it is necessary to provide the kitten with especially careful care.
Until your kitten is 4 months old, you need to maintain a five-time feeding regimen. By the sixth month, reduce the number of feedings to three, while maintaining the daily ration. A three-month-old kitten should consume about 170g of food per day (5 feedings after 3 hours), a four-month-old kitten should consume about 200g of food (4 feedings after 3-4 hours), a five-month-old kitten should consume 200g of food (3 feedings after 6 hours). You can switch to a two-time feeding regimen when your pet reaches one year old.
A kitten's daily diet should consist of two-thirds of meat and one-third of a side dish (milk porridge, cottage cheese and boiled vegetables). You can use lean meat (beef, lamb, rabbit meat), as well as boiled sea fish (no more than once or twice a week). Once or twice a week, one portion of meat can be replaced with offal (liver, kidney, heart).
A portion of dairy food can consist of cooked wheat or oat flakes. Cereals contain small amounts of carbohydrates that kittens need. Instead of cow's milk, it is better to use powdered milk dissolved in water. Goat's milk is ideal.
An approximate alignment of a kitten's daily portion of food:
• 100-120g of meat;
• 20-30g of dairy food;
• 10-20g kpup;
• 20-30g of vegetables.
Once or twice a week, the kitten can be offered half the yolk of a boiled egg, which contains the vitamin E (biotin) that animals need.
It is necessary to give the little "Persian" and supplements from mineral preparations that help strengthen the skeleton and growth. Persian cats definitely need taurine. This amino acid is found in animal products and is deficient in heart disease, blindness and reproductive problems. But, nevertheless, before using vitamin preparations for kittens, you should consult a veterinarian.
The need for vitamins can be partially met by adding vegetable oil and well-chopped vegetables added to the feed (carrots, cauliflower, parsley). They can be minced with meat or boiled fish.
Pet stores now have a lot of ready-made balanced food for kittens, both dry and canned. Mixed feeding (canned food with dry food) is discouraged by food manufacturers. Dry food for kittens is convenient on the road, they do not deteriorate and leave a clean, snub-nosed Persian muzzle. Canned - well suited for small kittens with a weak dental system.
Of course, what kind of food to give to the kitten is up to you, but if your choice is still leaning towards ready-made food for kittens, and not natural food, then try to purchase top-class food for your little "Persian". Such food is not cheap, but it is a complete specialized food that satisfies all the needs of a kitten for vitamins, nutrients and minerals. If you are going to give your kitten premium food, then it will not need any additional additives. Such feeds are very well digestible - at least 85%, and they do not contain soy protein. Their recipes have been developed by nutritionists and tested on hundreds of animals. In addition, the premium food does not contain artificial flavors and colors, but at the same time it is very tasty and the kittens eat them with great pleasure. Feeding recommendations are usually found on the food packaging.