All about feeding your new kitten

The kitten you bring home has been through a lot of changes, and may have only just been weaned from its mother. A common response to this is diarrhoea, which can be made worse by further diet changes. So to start with, only feed them exactly what was being fed to the kitten at the previous home. Then you can slowly introduce the food that you want to feed.

What should I feed my Kitten?

Most vets now recommend that kittens be fed on premium kitten foods such as Iams and Eukanuba. These have been specially formulated to meet the exact nutritional requirements of growing kittens, contain high quality ingredients including minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids and are available through veterinary clinics or pet shops.

Kittens don’t need milk, and as with any sudden dietary change it can cause diarrhoea. A small percentage of cats are allergic to milk sugar, or lactose, and even a small amount of milk will cause a severe gastric upset. However, some owners enjoy feeding their older kitten a little milk, and for most cats this is a harmless treat. There are also special ‘cat milks’ on the market, which have reduced lactose, so are less likely to cause a tummy upset.

How much should I feed my Kitten?

Kittens are like babies, and need small amounts of food and often. Young kittens will not overeat, and can have food left out for them at all times to graze from. The possible exception might be young rescue kittens that have been malnourished, and can gorge and vomit , limiting the amount they eat in one meal, so feeding every few hours is recommended for these kittens. As kittens get older (about four months of age) you may be feeding them three times daily. Many cats remain able to monitor their own food intake, but if they seem overweight, consult the feeding guidelines on the food packets, or ask your vet for further recommendations.