Growth, a key stage

Royal Canin - Feeding kitten

An appropriate diet

Since the kitten’s growth is very rapid, he must be fed a specific diet that meets all his essential requirements in order to reinforce his immune defenses, promote a proper neurosensory development and facilitate his bone growth.

The kitten before 4 months of age

From birth where the newborn is fed his mother’s colostrum, until about his 5th week of age, the kitten is fed a lacteal diet. Weaning must bring him gradually on his 7th week of age to a solid diet to suit all his needs. All the more so as this is the beginning of the period when he develops his immune defense system.
The food he is fed must be a high-energy nutritional formula, complete and balanced as regards nutrients-protein, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and trace elements-but it must be also well-suited. Even though the cat is a strict carnivore, his diet may include high-quality grain so as to be well digestible and cause no diarrhea. As it is, the ability to digest grain starch develops progressively in the kitten. Grain contains growth-essential aminoacids, to which is to be added taurine, of animal origin, necessary for the feline species.

The food must also contain all the minerals and vitamins needed for skeletal development. Its content may be enriched with a number of nutrients capable of supporting natural defenses and with EPA and DHA for a proper development of the central nervous system. If one does not want to condition the kittens into eating a single type of food, it may be of interest to associate mousse and kibbles. What matters is choosing a Health Nutrition food that will be well suited to the kitten’s nutritional requirements and properly observing the transition from liquid food to solid food.

The kitten after 4 months of age

During that 2nd stage, the kitten’s diet must continue to support his natural defenses, for he remains frail. His bone structure gradually strengthens and his muscle mass develops. His energy requirements increase and remain important until the 4th or 5th month of age where they reach a peak, after which they decrease gradually. His diet must therefore always be suited to such requirements.

A kitten may eat the same Health Nutrition 2nd stage food from 4 months of age until the end of his growth, at approximately one year of age. One should simply allow for a few days’ transition between the 1st stage and the 2nd stage foods.

To prevent excess weight, after the sixth month, it is worth controlling the overall quantity of food made available to the kitten, because he may prove to be greedy. Weighing the daily intake turns out to be the most precise solution: the quantity of food to be served is mentioned on the packaging.
Fresh water, renewed twice a day, in a glass container, must always be left available to him.


The kitten’s first steps

No experience can replace these few fascinating months during which the kitten blooms to become an adult cat. This evolution should take place in complete serenity, by adhering to a few essential rules with respect to choosing his breed and welcoming him at home, and by providing him with nutrition and care that will ensure his well-being and health.

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