Getting a new kitten is exciting, and you obviously want him or her to be happy and healthy. Making sure your precious angel grows healthy requires more than just putting a bowl of cat food out and making sure it’s always filled. Our experienced veterinarians from Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming, serving St Johns, Fruit Cove, Bartram Park, St Augustine, Durbin Crossing, Julington Creek Plantation, & Jacksonville, Southside, Baymeadows, Deerwood, Silverleaf, Beachwalk, Nocatee areas, can help make sure your pet has all the necessary nutrients and grows at a healthy rate.
Kitten Feeding ScheduleTaking care of a kitten means you must execute a feeding schedule in order to ensure your pet is eating enough but not too much that it causes obesity. Animals are notorious for overeating until they learn their limits–if they ever learn; therefore, you can’t set out a filled bowl of food each and just keep refilling once it’s empty. This leads to your cat overeating and gaining unnecessary weight. Just like humans, your cat should have three meals each day: one at morning, noon and night. A kitten feeding schedule should remain consistent, so your kitten develops a routine. Portion control is vital. Each meal should be small and the same size. A veterinarian can help you figure out the best portion size for your kitty. Your cat’s portion size will change as they grow and may need to be altered if your pet is too thin or too heavy. If you worry about your cat getting adequate exercise, you may want to place the food in a different place each day, so they must find it.
Kitten Nutrition Guide
Your kitten has different nutritional needs than a full-grown cat. During the first few weeks of your pet’s life, his or her weight doubles or triples. For this reason, your furry family member needs a higher amount of protein as well as amino acids, minerals and certain vitamins. Only food specially designed for kittens provides him or her with the proper nutrition. About 30 percent of your kitten’s diet should consist of protein for energy and muscle development. You should consult with your veterinarian about specific nutritional requirements. Getting a kitten nutrition guide from your vet will help you decide on the best cat chow for your pet.
How can you resist giving that sweet little face treats, especially when he or she behaves well? Ask the vet about which treats are best. People food isn’t designed for animals, so you should avoid giving your pet table scraps.
Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming
At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high-quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns location only) for dogs and cats. Our primary commitment is to provide your companion animals with the highest quality medical care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent yet affordable veterinary care. At Bluestar, we also think that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of you and your pet are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve clients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210, and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery, techniques, advanced diagnostic testing, or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies. At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!
Start Your Kitchen Nutrition Plan With Our Bluestar Pet Clinic
Schedule an appointment for your fuzzy bundle of joy by calling Bluestar Pet Clinic to develop a kitten feeding schedule, receive a kitten nutrition guide and to learn about taking care of a kitten properly. Bluestar Pet Clinic serves St Johns, Fruit Cove, Bartram Park, St Augustine, Durbin Crossing, Julington Creek Plantation, & Jacksonville, Southside, Baymeadows, Deerwood, Silverleaf, Beachwalk, Nocatee area. Contact us at (904) 720-4275 at St Johns or (904) 720-4272 at Jacksonville today.