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Bringing home a new kitten is one of the most exciting things. You’ve probably been thinking and planning to add a small furry baby to your family. One of the first things you need to learn when you get your new kitten is what to feed him. Kittens are delicate and feeding them the correct diet is critical to their health and well-being.

Pick the Right Food
Nutrition during the first nine to twelve months of your kitten’s life is very important to his growth and development. Before you bring your new kitten home, speak with your veterinarian about choosing the right food. There are 40 essential nutrients that growing cats need that can be found at American Association of Feed Control Officers (AAFCO). Kitten formulas typically have high counts of calories, protein, and fat than regular adult cat food.

Prevent Food Bowl Bullies
A food bowl bully is exactly what it sounds like, it’s that one cat that intimidates the others and eats all the food. Often times the bullying goes unnoticed by the guardians and usually happens in communal feeding. Although communal feeding is convenient, it can cause stress and tension amongst the cats. To fix this problem, feed each cat in their own small individual bowls. Separate the bowls by at least two feet to lessen the chances of intimidation. You may have to keep an eye on them for a few weeks as the cats adjust to the new feeding situation.

Feeding Frequency and Amount for Kittens
It’s important to provide your new kitten with ample amounts of calories, but not to the point where you’re fattening them up. Ask your veterinarian for a guide on the calories and food quality for your kitten as he grows and develops in his first year. Following the feeding guide on the pet food is a great start to understanding how much you should feed your kitten, but you want to tailor his unique feeding habits to him. These feeding guides are averages, your kitten isn’t average. Frequent feeding is best for kittens, think of dividing their food for the day into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and one final meal before bed. Each kitten is a precious, delicate living creature. Take the time to analyze your kitten’s feeding habits and adjust accordingly. Setting them up with healthy food and healthy eating habits will set them up for a long, healthy life.