Nutrition Basics for Kittens

A pet food bowl

Kittens grow quickly. In the first six months, they reach 75% of their adult body weight. To feed your kitten correctly, you’ll need the right balance of the following six nutrient groups:


This is the most important nutrient. It works to regulate body temperature, transport other nutrients, remove waste in the form of urine, and helps with chemical reactions and digestion. Approximately 60% of your kitten’s body weight is made up of water.


The building blocks of the body, responsible for creating and repairing muscle, skin and hair.

Fat and Oil

An excellent source of energy, they also improve the palatability and digestibility of your kitten’s food.


A good source of slow-releasing energy.


Important in balancing body fluids, metabolic processes and the structure of bones and teeth. It is essential that these are balanced, as too much of one can lead to deficiencies in another.


Components or catalysts for body enzyme reactions. An excess of vitamins can be harmful, and a deficiency can lead to health problems.

Unless directed by your veterinarian, it’s not necessary to add supplemental vitamins, minerals or any other foods to your kitten’s daily diet. If she’s eating a Purina® formula for kittens or cats, she is already getting complete and balanced nutrition.

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