Kittens – From Pre-Weaning to Weaning

As growth and development continues the kittens requirements will change


After the colostrum received during the first hours of his life, the kitten suckles maternal milk. In the event of a large litter, or the queens ability to provide milk is insufficient or in the case of orphaned kittens, you may be directed to use appropriate formula/replacement milk.

The kitten’s ability to digest milk sugar, lactose, then begins to decrease favouring other digestive abilities. As maternal lactation diminishes and the first deciduous teeth appear, a period of dietary transition starts between the 3rd and the 4th week of age.

This results in a break in the kittens’ growth curve. The chosen diet, which should be gradually introduced, must meet all the kitten’s nutritional requirements specific to this early stage so as not to cause any energy deficit and to support the kittens delicate digestive tract.

A Health Nutrition* food for the first age kitten, appropriate for deciduous teeth, offers reinforced digestive safety thanks to a selection of highly digestible proteins. It also contributes to supporting natural defences. According to the kittens requirements and development it may be presented mixed with formula milk, then with water, and finally in its solid form. At 7 or 8 weeks of age, the kitten is weaned. After 4 months of age, a 2nd Stage Health Nutrition food formulated for growth from 4 to 12 months of age may be gradually introduced.

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