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From breast milk to cat food: switch kittens to solid food


They run, discover, play and grow. Kittens increase their body weight many times over in the first years of life - the right cat food is therefore the basis for healthy development. After breast milk has been used as food for the first four weeks after birth, you should then switch your kitten's diet to proper cat food. Mmmm, delicious! Little kittens enjoy their food - Shutterstock / Robynrg

While a kitten weighs just 100 grams after birth, adult cats weigh three to eight kilograms, depending on the breed. In order to get there, kittens need high-quality and rich feed that is tailored to the needs of a fast-growing young cat, i.e. it covers the high energy and nutrient requirements during the growth phase.

Switch from milk to cat food correctly

Basically, you should feed your velvet paw up to maturity (i.e. at least up to the age of three to four months) with kitten food, since its composition ideally supports the rapid growth process of the young cat. The most gentle way to switch your kitten from breast milk to cat food is to use kitten rearing milk, porridge or diluted wet food. If you feed pieces of meat, they should be scraped and especially small so that the meat is bite-sized for the small mouth and the milk teeth.

Types of food for feeding young cats

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Quality and quantity of kitten feed

When it comes to kitten food, you should not save money, but rather rely on high-quality feed - the need for vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and, above all, animal protein must be met in cats during the growth phase. The specialist trade offers a large selection of high quality kitten food. Tip: Do not commit yourself to a brand and type, but feed it variedly: no matter whether you switch to dry food, wet food, fresh meat or other cat food.

In contrast to adult cats, you can follow a basic rule with regard to the amount of feeding: Give your little house tiger access to a filled bowl around the clock. Kittens should always be able to eat when they are hungry - cats generally do not eat in stock, as dogs do. You should only reduce the amount of food if you are obviously overweight and, if necessary, switch to a less rich cat food in consultation with your veterinarian.