Any changes to the breeder’s recommendation should be made gradually to prevent a stomach upset. Cats need variety to prevent boredom, food fads (“my cat only eats fresh chicken” etc.) and to ensure good health. Restricted diets can cause many problems including blindness, poor growth, and even premature death. Because kittens have tiny stomachs, they need small, regular, frequent meals when young. At three months they require four meals a day, gradually increasing in size and reducing in frequency until they are eating two meals a day, at about a year old.
Food available includes:
Tinned Pet Foods.
Formulated to provide all the necessary nutrients a cat requires. Available in a variety of flavors and brand names. Judge the quality by price, but watch out for expensive specialty brands which may be delicious but a little rich for kittens and should be given as a treat.
Dried Pet Foods.
Can be useful as they do not deteriorate if left down. A copious supply of water is essential since cats drink more water when eating dried food.
Must be cooked to kill parasites and bacteria, though an occasional treat of raw minced beef shouldn’t harm. A large bone to chew is good for teeth, but small bones can lodge in the throat and kill, so these should be removed before feeding.
Must be cooked. Whitefish is especially good, but feeding too much of certain types, such as tuna, can cause a serious Vitamin E deficiency.
Milk and Eggs.
Though milk is a good source of calcium, it can cause diarrhea in some cats and kittens, and it is probably better to feed as a treat rather than as part of the standard diet. Your vet will suggest products supplement calcium, if necessary. Eggs can be fed either as raw yolks (not whites) or cooked whole (scrambled or egg custard). Unless feeding an especially nutritionally balanced cat food, such as tinned, diet supplements will be required, to prevent vitamin deficiencies. Your vet may be able to suggest a general supplement.