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Proper Feeding For Your Cat From Kitten to Adulthood

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Kitten
The kitten life stage is marked by an abundance of energy and growth. To support your cat during this stage and ensure she grows up healthy, strong and happy, she requires foods with higher levels of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals to meet her growth and high energy requirements. Feeding food specifically created for kittens is vital since kittens have two to three times the energy needs and require more protein and minerals than an adult cat of the same weight.

 

Kitten
The kitten life stage is marked by an abundance of energy and growth. To support your cat during this stage and ensure she grows up healthy, strong and happy, she requires foods with higher levels of protein, fats, vitamins and minerals to meet her growth and high energy requirements. Feeding food specifically created for kittens is vital since kittens have two to three times the energy needs and require more protein and minerals than an adult cat of the same weight.

Smart Note: Up to 6 months of age, a kitten will go through a rapid growth spurt that will slow down between 6-12 months of age, when your kitten begins to look more like an adult cat. A kitten reaches adulthood at approximately one year of age.

Smart Eating: With their tiny mouths and stomachs, kittens benefit from many small meals throughout the day. Adult Cats reach adulthood by approximately one year of age. The transition from kitten to adult marks another significant life stage and changing nutritional needs. The surge of energy and growth seen during the kitten life stage slows down during the adult life stage, typically from 1-7 years of age -- where maintaining your cat's good health becomes the focus. Adult cat foods contain lower amounts of protein and fat and have vitamins, minerals and supplements added to maintain healthy bones, joints, tissue, organs and coat.

Smart Note: Excessive weight stresses bones, joints, tissue and organs. Maintain your cat's optimal weight to promote a long, healthy life. Consult with a veterinarian to determine if your cat is at her optimal weight.

Smart Eating: Dry cat food can be left out all day as long as your cat does not overeat and gain excessive weight. Most cats prefer to eat many small meals throughout the day.

Mature Cat
While there's no set age to begin feeding your cat a "senior" diet, seven years is a good rule of thumb. The maturity life stage is marked with cats being less active and there are food formulations to address age-related health issues.

Smart Note: As cats age, their body functions change and so will their nutritional needs. Health issues seen more frequently in mature cats include:

Decreased mobility
Intestine/Digestion problems
Weakened immune system
Urinary ailments
Dental problems

Smart Eating: Regularly monitor how much food your mature cat is consuming each day (this is especially important if other cats or dogs are in the house and have access to your mature cat's food). If your cat is not eating or is progressively losing weight, it may be a sign of a health problem that should be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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