The right food for your kitten.
Congratulations on being a kitten owner! This is a special time for both of you, filled with opportunities to start your kitten's life with her.
Your kitten may be small and cuddly now, but before you know it, your grown-up cat will be pouncing around. To ensure your kitten will be a happy, healthy cat for years to come, it's important to recognize her kitten-specific needs now.
All kittens need the basics - precise nutrition, time to sleep and play, and lots of love - but kittens have individual needs, as well. Cat owners tend to think of these early years as the "healthy years" and may not give enough consideration to feeding practices. But because of features like size, breed, age, environment, exercise, heredity and others, a "one size fits all" approach to nutrition just won't work. Improper feeding can increase your kitten's risk of obesity, poor muscle and bone development, and poor immune response.
Your kitten needs precise levels of essential nutrients to stay her healthiest throughout life. Her body needs a kitten food to provide taurine and other nutrients she needs for proper growth and development.
Starting your kitten off with proper nutrition is a vital step in ensuring she'll grow into an active, healthy cat. Feeding her a properly formulated kitten food, such as Hill's® Science Diet® Kitten pet food, helps fuel her growth and energy from day one.
How much and how often to feed your kitten
Once you have talked to your veterinarian and chosen the right Science Diet® cat food, you're on the right track to giving your kitten the healthiest life possible.
It's important to feed your kitten the right amount of Science Diet® cat food at proper intervals, but that can be tricky, as feeding requirements vary greatly from one kitten to another. Feeding guides on the food can or bag are just a starting point. It's critical to your kitten's health that her physical condition is monitored regularly and the feeding amount is adjusted as needed.
Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your kitten:
To help your kitten grow up healthy, we recommend following the simple steps in this cycle:
Adult Indoor Cat
The lifestyle of an indoor cat differs greatly from that of an outdoor cat. Often, an indoor cat has a lower exercise level than one that lives outside. And, since she has more time to groom, an indoor pet is more likely to develop hairballs.
Encouraging indoor exercise can help your pet stay fit and healthy. An increase in activity and decrease in mental stagnation may help prevent many behavior and grooming problems. Create a positive and enriched environment with activities like grooming your longhaired cat once a day or brushing a short-haired cat once a week can help mental stimulation and hairball issues.
It's also important to nourish the good life enjoyed by your pet with a food specially formulated for indoor cats. Hill's® Science Diet® Indoor Cat food is available in a variety of formulas for all life stages and needs, including hairball control.
Always consult your veterinarian if you have questions about your cat's health.
Try any of these formulas:
Your Overweight Cat
Being overweight puts a cat at risk for developing many serious health issues. Weight gain indicates an increase in body fat and usually results when your cat eats too much and exercises too little.
Other factors that may impact your cat's weight gain include:
Every cat has an ideal weight for its size and breed. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation or use this Interactive Weight Check tool to help determine your cat's ideal weight.
Signs of a problem:
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