Kitten Growth and Development

Shorthaired kitten

Since kittens grow very quickly and go through two stages of growth before adulthood - babycat and kitten - they need a specific diet in each stage that meets all their basic nutritional needs in order to strengthen their immune systems, promote proper neurosensory development and facilitate bone growth.

Kitten Nutrition

Sacred Birman kitten

Although cats are carnivores, their diet may contain high-quality carbohydrates to provide energy for easier digestion to help prevent a cat with an upset stomach.

Kitten food should also contain all the vitamins and minerals needed for proper skeletal development, as well as antioxidants capable of supporting natural defenses and EPA and DHA for proper central nervous system development.

Royal Canin kitten foods such as Royal Canin Feline Health Nutrition Mother & Babycat, Kitten, Kitten Spayed/Neutered and Babycat Instinctive, address the very specific needs of the growing kitten.

The Royal Canin product finder can help you find the right cat food for your kitten.

Feeding Kittens

Two persian kittens

Kitten nutrition is designed specifically to provide maximum support during the first weeks of life, but cats' needs change as they grow older. At four to five weeks of age kittens can be given solid food. After the second set of teeth has come through, the nutrients essential to a kitten's growth remain the same until one year old.

Follow the guidelines recommended on the packaging of your cat food for feeding your kitten. Avoid feeding your kitten anything other than kitten food, and make sure there is always fresh water available.

If you are changing foods, always remember to make the transition gradually. Ask the person you obtained your kitten from about their feeding methods (number of meals/day, brand/type of food, etc.), because switching to a new food and routine abruptly can cause digestive upset.

For more information on feeding your kitten and introducing a new food, visit the FAQ section.

The Royal Canin product finder can help you find the right cat food for your kitten.

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