Discover our Kitten Growth Program
Kittenhood is an amazing period as you watch this tiny meowing kitten grow, learn, and evolve. While this exciting time is filled with discoveries, it’s also the most delicate stage of your kitten’s life.
Within a year, their bones will harden and their brain will mature at an incredible pace so they can progress from being dependent on their mums into curious, playful and confident young cats. And with the right support you can help them build the foundations for a healthy life.
How kittens grow? One phase at a time!
From birth to 3 weeks
At this intense but brief stage, your kitten sleeps… a lot. After two weeks they’ll start to practise walking, slowly learning how to coordinate their steps. This is an intense period of adaptation during which they start to interact with their new world, while the amount of maternal antibodies progressively decreases in the milk and the kittens’ own antibodies level is still low. ROYAL CANIN® Babycat milk is formulated to contain highly digestible proteins to help optimise assimilation, and carefully selected nutrients to help support their natural defenses. ROYAL CANIN® Babycat milk has a similar lactose content to the queen’s milk and doesn’t contain starch (which cats can’t completely digest), to avoid upsetting their fragile digestive system.
From 3 weeks to 4 months
As they become more autonomous, kittens start learning and exploring more and here comes the time of social skills development! With all these changes, milk alone no longer provides enough energy and nutrients to sustain their new behaviour. Your kitten will need to transition slowly to ROYAL CANIN®Mother & Babycat kibbles and ROYAL CANIN®Mother & Babycat mousse, their first solid food, which is energy-dense and packed with nutrients.
From the eighth week, your kitten will reach the peak of their play game as they start running and climbing. It’s a vital period to build their most impressive skill — being able to keep their balance effortlessly on any surface. For this, they need food that supports their vision and their cognitive and muscle development. ROYAL CANIN®Mother & Babycat is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA that helps support your kitten’s brain and vision development and has a high energy content to help assist their growth.
But remember, even if your kitten doesn’t fit in the palm of your hand anymore, they’re still a kitten and their digestive system is fragile, so they need specific food that is highly digestible to help support their growth and development without upsetting their digestive system.
From 4 months to 12 months
At this stage your kitten’s growth will slow down as they mature into a well-proportioned cat. Your kitten is now ready to transition to a new diet, one that can support their immune system and the development of their body structure. ROYAL CANIN® Kitten is rich inantioxidants, such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Lutein, and Taurine that help support your kitten's natural defences.
From 4 to 12 months, kittens enter the last stage of their growth. Once they have been neutered, they need an updated formula, less dense but still fulfilling, to satisfy their appetite all the while maintaining a healthy weight. It’s important at this point to transition to ROYAL CANIN® Kitten Sterilised to help limit weight gain. Neutering modifies your kitten’s metabolism which may lead to weight gain and can potentially lead to obesity and its associated complications (diabetes, shortened life span, etc.).
Depending on the breed, your kitten will reach adulthood between 12 to 15 months. Your vet is the best person to advise you on exactly when this stage will happen for your pet and the best nutritional option.
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Mixed feeding: an essential part of your kitten's diet
As your kitten grows, their senses of smell, taste and mouthfeel are also developing–and mouthfeel is a serious matter for a cat around mealtime. Texture is an important part of their meals' experience; it strongly contributes to spark their curiosity and appetite. By offering them a variety of sensorial experiences you can make their feeding time even more stimulating. For each growth stage, dedicated dry and wet foods come with their own set of benefits for your pet’s health.
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