When is my kitten “full-grown” and able to eat an adult pet food product?
A kitten should be fed a kitten formula until it’s first birthday. Moving forward, you may make a gradual diet change to an adult cat food. Read further to learn how to feed your cat through her life stages as a kitten, an adult, a pregnant or lactating mother and as a senior cat.
Should I feed milk to my kitten?
No. Milk is a food and not a substitute for water. As a food, milk is incomplete and does not provide a balanced diet. Milk contains lactose, which requires the enzyme lactase for breakdown in the intestinal tract. If the intestinal tract does not contain sufficient lactase, consumption of a high level of lactose can cause diarrhea in some pets. Read more about food and nutrition for your cat.
Is it okay to switch between pet food products/flavours?
It is okay to change flavours or products. However, remember to introduce a new product gradually over a 7-10 day period. Sudden changes in a pet’s diet can cause intestinal upsets. Constant changes can also create a finicky eater.
How do I know what product to use for my pet?
Determine the specific needs of your pet (i.e., puppy, kitten, adult, senior, urinary tract maintenance, hairball control, etc.). Feed a 100% complete and balanced product formulated for specific development needs. Check the AFFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) on the product label. It indicates the specific life stage the product is formulated for. Read further information on how the life stage of your dog or cat can affect your choice of products.
Is it okay that my cat is eating my dog’s food or vice versa?
No. Cats and dogs have unique nutritional needs and should be fed a product designed specifically for their needs. Health problems can occur from not feeding a 100% complete and balanced product. Check the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) statement on the product package to determine whether the product is designed for a specific animal’s nutritional requirements.
Do I need to supplement my pet’s diet?
When a 100% complete and balanced food is fed to a normal, healthy pet, supplementation is rarely needed. However, factors like feeding table scraps, inconsistent exercise, or stressful changes in routine can leave dogs and cats with special nutritional needs.
What is the difference between conventional and scoop litter products?
Check the product label to determine whether it’s a conventional or scoop-type product. Conventional products do not always use the word “conventional” on their label. However, scoop or clumping products will state this on their package.
Scooping or clumping litter:
If I change litter types, should I mix the products together for a while?
Yes. It’s best to gradually introduce a new litter product to your pet. Timeframe will vary depending on type of litter so check the package for appropriate directions.