The biggest confusion with feeding your kitten will be the decision between dry food and wet food. To make things easier, here are some details about both.
Wet food is available in pouches and cans. Wet food, while slightly more expensive when compared to dry food, has higher water content, and is highly palatable for cats. It offers a variety in the kitten’s diet and is also preferred for older cats with dental issues. Wet food can also be used for kittens and cats that do not drink sufficient water for urinary and kidney health and for constipation. Wet food generally has lesser calories than dry food and is also a good option for weight management. Once opened, wet food cannot be kept out in bowls for too long, it must be consumed immediately. Additionally, feeding wet food to long-haired kittens who don’t groom themselves well yet can become a messy affair, and will require you to keep some wipes handy.
Dry food is energy-dense, cost-effective and has a longer shelf life. It can be offered for free-feeding cats who self-regulate. In cats who cannot regulate themselves, it can lead to obesity which will require weight management. It can also be used effectively in feed dispenser toys to provide mental enrichment for cats. Dry food is crunchy and aids in keeping the teeth relatively clean. However, older cats with missing teeth or other dental issues may not be comfortable with dry food.
A third option is to offer both dry and wet food at different times during the day, which offers the cat the best of both worlds. In these situations, dry food can be used for free-feeding and wet food can be scheduled meal times. This will help control the diet better.
If you’re still confused and require any further information, speak to a veterinarian to discuss your kitten’s specific requirements. This will be determined based on your kitten’s body condition score and health status. Each cat is unique and will have his/her preferences. Ultimately, this decision will depend on the preferences of your cat, and any health requirements.