Dry food for kittens: at what age is it time and how to teach


Dry food or natural food

Feeding your pet with pelleted food has many advantages over feeding it with cooked food from natural products. Here are just a few of the main ones:

  • Your kitten’s nutrition will be balanced, he will be able to receive vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the right quantities, and it will be easy for you to calculate the amount of servings;
  • Dry food granules clean and protect the animal’s oral cavity from plaque and bacteria;
  • Thanks to the variety of dry food, you can choose the food that is right for your pet according to taste, age, breed, hypoallergenic, preventive, therapeutic, for weight gain or for weight loss.

What food to feed a kitten

Now it is important to decide which food to choose for a small pet. Now on sale there are several classes of feed, each of which has its own characteristics:

Economy — food processing products and additives of artificial origin are used for manufacturing, flavor and aroma enhancers are added. They are capable of causing addiction to the animal and a negative effect on the body of a cat or dog with prolonged feeding with such feeds.

Premium — the composition includes meat and offal, do not exert a strong load on the urinary organs. It may contain artificial flavors, which can not be called useful.

Super premium — high quality with a balanced and rich composition, the recipe includes safe ingredients that do not contain dyes, artificial flavors and aromas.

ZILLII brand foods are Super Premium, high in meat, free of soy, wheat, corn and other similar ingredients considered “useless fillers and allergens”, which is very important for the health of a small pet.

At what age can a kitten be taught dry food?

You can start as early as 1 month after the birth of a kitten. If the kitten still eats mother’s milk, then his mother should also be fed the same food. The formation of teeth in kittens occurs from 2-8 months, during this period it is worth accustoming the kitten to dry pieces that will help the kitten get rid of milk teeth and strengthen chewing muscles.

Small granule food, specially designed for kittens, ZILLII Kitten, should be introduced. Pieces of food should be softened with water, broth, wait until it swells and knead. This will save the kitten’s still quite sensitive gastrointestinal tract from getting microtraumas, and will also help him gradually learn to crack the granules.

How often to feed a kitten?

From 3-4 months, a kitten needs 4 meals a day, after 6 months — 3 meals a day, and from 8 months a cat can be fed twice a day.

Make the transition gradually, over a period of at least 2 weeks. During this time, you will be able to determine whether the food is suitable for the kitten and whether he has allergies.

In no case should you drastically change the contents of the kitten’s bowl. You can add granules of the new food to the kitten’s usual food so that he gets used to new smells and tastes, increasing the amount daily. And be sure not to forget about water, the cat should consume more fluids, make sure that there is always fresh water next to it.

A few more important tips:

  • for feeding, use three separate bowls — for water, for dry and for wet food;
  • maintain the hygiene of the animal’s dishes, rinse them well after eating and drinking;
  • To prevent the dry food from losing its flavor, store it in a closed container. Open wet food can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.
  • if you have completely transferred the kitten to a complete diet of dry food, then you should no longer give him regular food from your table, this can provoke indigestion.

Choose quality food for your little pet, and let him grow up healthy and beautiful!


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