Nutrition for Cats
The key to a balanced diet is a variety of the right mixed nutrients. Fresh meats, vegetables, fruit, fish, offal (liver, heart, kidney), canned food and a good quality dry food. Dry cat food is essential as it ensures your cat receives the correct balance of vitamins and minerals, especially important in kittens that need the correct amount of calcium and phosphorus for their growing bones. Kittens require a ‘kitten’ diet for the first 12 months of life. The hard consistency of dry food is important as it breaks away plaque and tartar from the cats teeth helping with dental hygiene and reducing the need for dental procedures.
Raw bones such as chicken necks and chicken wings should be offered to your pet to help keep their breath and teeth, fresh and clean.
Kittens from 6-12 weeks need three small meals daily of a good quality kitten food, then from 12-20 weeks two meals daily, then as an adult cat a small snack in the morning (if desired) and the main meal at night.
Foods to avoid: chocolate, onion, macadamia nuts, grapes, sultanas and avocados as these can be toxic, even in small doses.
Fresh water should be available at all times.