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Kitten care starts with healthy nutrition. Keeping your playful companion well fed will ensure little muscles and bones develop correctly; as you enjoy your early adventures together.

Getting the balance right from their first tiny steps

The good news is that kittens hardly ever get really sick. Eating the wrong kind of food or over-eating can sometimes cause little tummy upsets. So it’s important to feed kittens the right food with the right nutritional balance at the right intervals.

Your kitten’s diet should contain essential vitamins, minerals and proteins, plus also the food should be easily digestible. Poor quality food can slow growth and also reduce resistance to disease. Too many nutrients can also cause problems too. So it’s wise to ensure a specially designed dish such as DINE®DESIRE® Kitten is the top of choice on the menu. This will give your kitten the best possible start in life. Then after 12 months, you can slowly ease them into adult meals. Remember, feeding them table scraps can quickly undo all your loving care and throw their diet out of balance.

Teaching good dining habits early

The big temptation is to spoil your little buddle of joy. But it’s important to resist this and feed only small measured portions at regular intervals. You’ll quickly see that you’re doing the right thing; as your kitten makes steady healthy weight gains of up to 15 grams a day.

Also providing your kitten with a variety of dining experiences early on will encourage them not to be fussy eaters. The delicious Kitten range from DINE, with a variety of enticing tastes and textures is ideal for this. Click here for more.

Tempting treats that aren’t good to eat

As mentioned before, don’t fall into the habit of feeding your kitten food scraps. It’s a sure-fire way to bulk them up with too many calories and potentially overload their immune system with free radicals. Also contrary to popular belief, felines are not able to digest everything as easily as we can.

Bones of all kinds should be kept out of reach, as they have the potential to get stuck in the throat or splinter. Uncooked meat and fish are also off the menu for kittens, as they may be sources of diseases such as salmonella. Spices can be particularly harsh on sensitive young digestive systems.

Sharing special moments at feeding time

One of the most important things to serve up at feeding time is lots of attention. Not only is this the perfect time to check they are eating properly, but it’s also ideal for positive reinforcement of good behaviour. It’s lots of fun too!

Keeping a watchful eye

However careful you are, something may still cause a stomach upset. If your kitten shows signs of diarrhoea or vomits more than once, take them to the vet immediately to ensure there is nothing more serious to worry about. For other tell tale signs of their general wellbeing, visit 'The This and That of Kitten Chat'.