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Feeding Do’s and

Don’ts

DOs

Establish a routine.
In general, cats are creatures of habit so try to feed your kitten at the same time and place each day.

Pick a spot to set up.
Feed kitten in a quiet area, away from the hustle and bustle of your home. Set the food bowls on a surface that’s easily cleaned, like a tiled floor or mat. If you have two cats, keep their bowls a reasonable distance apart to avoid confrontation or bullying. This is especially so when you’re feeding a kitten and older cat together.

Transition slowly.
A cat’s digestion is easily upset when you change her food, whether it’s from canned to dry or between different brands. If you do change her diet, slowly increase the amount of the new food over a period of at least five days so she can adjust. Don’t be surprised if her tummy gets upset in the beginning.

Store properly.
You should keep wet kitten food in the fridge to keep it fresh. Bring it to room temperature before serving so it smells more appealing and can be digested comfortably. This could take a couple of hours. Alternatively, you can microwave wet food for a short time in a microwave-safe container.

Make time for rest.
After the meal and a visit to the litter box, leave your kitten for at least an hour to digest before playing with her.

    DON’Ts

The 24 hour, 20 minute rule.
Don’t keep opened canned food for longer than 24 hours or leave uneaten wet food in her bowl for longer than 20 minutes. Throw away her leftovers and wash the bowl thoroughly.

Cat food for cats, dog food for dogs.
Don’t feed dog food to your cat. Cat food is specially formulated for their unique nutritional needs. Also avoid feeding her bones from chicken, pork or fish — these can splinter and lodge in her throat. Worse, they can pierce her stomach walls and intestines.

Danger foods.
Avoid feeding your kitten milk, as it may cause digestive upsets. Some foods, like chocolate and onions, can even be toxic to kittens, and should be avoided at all costs.

Say no to spoiling.
Resist the temptation to spoil your kitten with table scraps. Give in, and she might become a finicky eater who never wants to return to kitten food. Table scraps also tend to be high in calories and may cause unwanted weight gain.

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