Feeding your kitten a healthy and nutritious diet is crucial to ensure its long-term wellbeing. In fact, it is the most visible aspect of your cat’s care, and improper feeding can lead to various health problems, adversely affecting your pet’s quality of life. Overfeeding your cat is a common issue that can cause obesity, particularly in British and Scottish breeds, leading to osteoarthritis, diabetes, and urinary problems. To keep your kitten healthy, provide it with enough food to maintain a stable and healthy weight while increasing its physical activity.
When it comes to dry food, it’s essential to avoid cheap brands like Purina, Friskas, Purina One, Meow Mix, Iams, Feast, and 9 Lives, as they can compromise your pet’s health. Instead, opt for premium quality brands such as Acana, Orijen, Stella & Chewy, Nulo, and Instinct. These brands provide your cat with both quality food and vital vitamin supplements, especially if it’s a one-year-old cat.
For wet food, feed your one-year-old cat 2-3 times a day and thereafter once a day. You can opt for canned food from the brands mentioned earlier or prepare natural food yourself. Many breeders feed their kittens with raw chicken, turkey, beef, rabbit, and duck, and we recommend a recipe that includes 40% sub-products (such as chicken hearts, chicken stomachs, and chicken liver), 40% chicken breast, and 15% vegetables like broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, or other vegetables that are suitable for cats. For Maine Coons, add 5% porridge, such as buckwheat, millet, quinoa, or oatmeal. Grind the mixture with a blender and freeze it. Then, defrost it daily in warm water and serve it to your kittens.
Probiotics can also help maintain your cat’s digestive tract’s health, making it an excellent addition to their diet. Choose high-quality probiotics that are easy to administer, and add them to your cat’s diet daily after bringing them home and a few times a week thereafter.
Regarding castration/sterilization, it’s essential to note that it prolongs your pet’s life by 2-3 years. Early neutering is highly recommended, as late castration after puberty (6 months and onwards) increases the risk that your cat will still mark its territory despite being neutered. Moreover, neutering your pet does not cause it to become fat, lethargic, disabled, ugly, or a neutral-gender creature. It also does not affect their overall development or affect their bodies globally. Furthermore, it helps prevent various diseases like uterine pus, mammary gland cancer, and uterine cancer, making it highly beneficial for your cat’s health.
In conclusion, it’s crucial to feed your kitten a healthy diet, choose high-quality brands, and avoid overfeeding. Additionally, neutering your pet is highly beneficial and does not cause any harm or significant changes in its behavior or physical appearance. Don’t let myths and false morals ruin your pet’s quality of life; neuter your cat and live happily ever after.