Pregnant or Nursing Cats and Kitten Diet

A pregnant cat needs extra food to stimulate the kittens to grow strong before birth and to help produce future milk. During the last three weeks of pregnancy, it will need double the amount of food and at least three times as much when feeding its younger ones. It will also need extra liquids to make up for what is lost through the milk. Continue giving it the same amount of food until the kittens finish nursing (from six to eight months). Later reduce it gradually until it reaches the adequate normal amount.

Kittens
After three weeks, kittens can gradually stop nursing and go on to eating solid food while still receiving milk from their mothers. Start off feeding them small portions of boiled fish, finely chopped chicken, scrambled eggs and baby food. By eight months they should be completely through with nursing and happily eating solid foods. Kittens grow rapidly and use a lot of energy by playing. They need to digest a lot of food, but their stomachs are still small, which is why they need only small portions of food, that contain a high amounts of energy, every now and then. When the kitten is eight months old, it needs a spoon of food six times a day. Gradually increase the amount of portions to two table spoons per meal and cut down on the habit of six times to four times a day once it becomes six months old.

 food for adult cats is too strong for kittens and can cause diarrhea. Feed them with food especially for kittens. You can find it in cans or dried; rich in proteins, nutrients and energy, and they can eat it in small portions that will supply them with all the nutrition it needs during its important stage of growth.

Adult Cats
An average adult cat (around nine months) needs about a half or three quarters of a can of food per day. If you are giving it dried food, follow the instructions on the label. By nature, cats like to eat small portions and very often throughout the day, so if you are in your home during most part of the day you should allow the cat to do just that. Give it several small portions, scattered throughout the day. This helps to keep the urinary pH of the cat stable, reducing the risk of the Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). Be careful with overfeeding it. Maintain the right daily portion and divide it in small portions. If you are not at home during the day, feed it once in the morning and once in the afternoon, or you can leave a bowl of dried food for your cat to eat when it pleases.

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