Debates have flourished over the years about which between dry and canned kitten food is nutritionally best for a kitten, given that these feline infants need all nutrition to grow and develop. While both pet foods are convenient and easy to prepare, you may consider providing your little pets with homemade kitten food.
Homemade preparation might be quite a difficult task, but if you have more than enough time to do so and are concerned about spending a lot of money for kitten food, making it on your own is a great alternative. You just need to be well aware about the dos and don’ts in preparing fresh-from-your-kitchen and not-from-the-can kitten food.
Scientifically speaking, you must know that a cat’s growth when it reaches the mature years will depend on the protein, fat, taurine, vitamins, and minerals that it gets from its diet. Protein and fat are needed for the growth of muscles and bones. Cats cannot synthesize taurine and a lack of it will cause its retina to slowly degenerate; this condition will eventually result to eye problems and worse, blindness. Vitamins and minerals are essential for the prevention of the most common diseases found among cats.
When serving homemade kitten food by the time kittens are going to their fifth week, remember to never give your kitten meals intended for human consumption. Not all cats can tolerate the preservatives, spices and herbs included in a human diet.
Your homemade food must be fresh at all times. Cooked meat is great, because raw meat may have some bacteria. A lightly cooked meat attracts most felines, and overcooking gets rid of some nutrients. Don’t give too much fish, and when you do, get rid of the bones as much as possible. Some canned goods are prepared with turkey, chicken, beef and fish so you might as well do the same to give your kitten some variety.