Have a new kitten? Congrats! You chose the perfect one (super cute), but you still have a few decisions to make, like: What should I name her? Where should I put the litter box? What should she eat? Luckily, we can help with this last one.
Here are a few things to look for when choosing the best kitten food for your new fur baby:
High Protein, Low or No Carbohydrates – You didn’t name her Killer? She may look cute and innocent, but your kitten is a true carnivore. Like all cats, kittens need high-protein, meat-based diets to thrive and grow, with no nutritional need for carbohydrates. So, feed your ferocious feline a dry kitten food with real, high-quality meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient. Also, compare the protein percentage with others formulas. A higher percentage is generally good, but take other factors into consideration as well…
DHA & other Essential Fatty Acids – DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that’s present in mother’s milk. It’s especially beneficial for kittens because it supports healthy brain and eye development. Omega-6 fatty acids, from ingredients like salmon and flaxseed, can also promote healthy skin and coat.
Digestibility – Transitioning from mother’s milk to solid food can be a bit rough on a kitten’s tiny, sensitive tummy. Check the ingredient list for easily digestible ingredients, like pumpkin and egg.
Healthful Ingredients – Look at the other ingredients. Are they high quality and nutritious? While cats ARE carnivores, certain wholesome vegetables, like spinach and peas, can provide beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Purr-worthy Flavor –The best way to ensure your kitten gets all of the calories and nutrients her body needs? Irresistible flavor! Tiki Cat® Born Carnivore™ for Kittens, for example, includes nutrient-rich chicken liver, a flavor cats love. And, the kibble is baked, not extruded like many other kibbles, which caramelizes the surface for delicious, fresh-from-the-oven taste.
Hopefully this helps take the guesswork out of feeding kittens, so you can focus on your other decisions (how about Princess Fancy McFluff?) and enjoy your new kitten!