The Puppy and the Dog They have been man’s companion through the ages and adapted to their owners, but they have their own behavioural and nutritional demands. Knowing and respectingthem will guarantee their health and well-being.

The cat’s feline nature is always a matter of fascination.He adapts with apparent ease to daily life, and yet he has behavioural and nutritional requirements of his own. Knowing them and respecting them will guarantee his well-being and his health.

Because of its composition, a Royal Canin Health Nutrition food provides all essential nutrients measured out with utmost precision in order to contribute every day and on a long-term basis to the well-being and health of every animal, according to his age, his size, his physiological condition and his breed.

Innovation for the sake of dogs and cats’ health. For over 40 years, Royal Canin has worked with breeder partners and veterinary nutritionists to go ever further into innovation and precision to enable us to formulate nutritional solutions which perfectly meet dogs and cats’ real needs.

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Grace of motion, softness of coat, mischievous unpredictability... The promises of an affectionate and knowing presence are already there, ready to bloom. As the only one in charge of his animal’s health and well-being, man owes it to himself to know his kitten’s true needs among which nutrition is an essential element.

Feeding him

Feeding your kitten well

Nutritional requirements for a kitten differ from those of an adult cat. Adequate health nutrition introduced gradually at the time of weaning, will stimulate growth and good dietary behaviour.

A kitten’s diet should meet all the requirements for proper growth. At birth, a newborn sucks his mother’s colostrums, essential for good immunity. Until about 5 weeks of age, his digestive tract is suited to digest maternal milk. Gradually, he digests lactose (milk sugar) less effectively.

Weaning, the gradual transition from a liquid to a solid diet, will lead progressively to the 1st stage of kitten health nutrition. This complete and balanced diet is formulated for a phase of intense growth, extending from weaning to 4 months. Around 7 weeks, weaning is complete making it important that the right habits are introduced early.

Until 4 months of age

After weaning, the kitten’s digestive system remains immature and fragile. It is wise not to introduce any sudden change in his diet when he arrives at his new home. However, his diet must meet his specific nutritional requirements and include high energy and highly digestible ingredients. A 10-week-old kitten eats 3.5 times more energy per kg of weight than an adult!

After 4 months of age

From 4 months of age, the kitten enters a period of slower growth and his health nutrition must provide ultra-reinforced digestive safety to contribute to proper muscle and bone development while having a lower fat content. At 12 months, his digestive abilities reach their maturity and he is able to eat adult health nutrition suited to his lifestyle or breed. After sterilisation, a cat’s energy requirements decrease while appetite increases. Speak to your veterinarian to get the right advice about your cat’s diet.

The cat’s natural dietary behaviour

In nature, an adult cat feeds on small prey that he hunts by instinct. His food intake is broken down into numerous small meals, from 10 to 20 per 24-hour period. Since a meal lasts only one or two minutes, he eats 5 to 6 grams of food each time. This is the behaviour of all cats; even those living in
apartments. Consequently, it is essential to have food available at all times, together with fresh water.

Encouraging a sound dietary behaviour

A kitten must eat in a quiet environment. His feeding area must be as far from his litter box. If you have a dog in the house, it is better to place the your kitten’s food and water bowls out of the dog’s reach.

Provide 2 separate bowls, one for food and one for water and avoid food spillage into the water bowl. Use good quality bowls, you like to eat from a clean plate; your cat loves a clean bowl too.

You should watch the overall quantity eaten every 24 hours by weighing the recommended intake advised on the packaging. Water must always be fresh and changed twice a day.

The grace of motion, softness of coat, mischievous unpredictability, promises of affectionate and knowing presence are already there, ready to bloom in your new kitten. As a responsible pet owner, you owe it to him to know his needs, especially when it comes to his health nutrition.