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The Basic Rules for Feeding your Kitten / Cat

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·         Use fresh human quality lean meats
·         Meats are best served raw and at room temperature
·         Vary the source of your cat’s proteins
·         Fats are provided by the inclusion of sardines and other beneficial oils and fats
·         Dark meat in chicken and turkey provides higher levels of some nutrients

Fibre
Additional fibre will not normally be required, but if your cat is constipated, add a small amount of ground pysllium.

Food Scraps
It’s OK to share some of your meat food scraps with your cat—but watch their weight gain—and NO cooked bones!

Tinned Cat Food
Your kitten has had tinned cat food mixed with his meat meals.  You should continue this so that tinned food makes up between 15 and 20% of each meal.  Commercial tinned cat food is about 70% water, so if you have an over-weight cat, feeding tinned cat food is one way to reduce weight!

How Much Should you Feed your Cat?
   
You should feed according to your cat’s age, weight, activity levels and health.

Use the following table as a guide.  Young kittens grow fast and need lots of nutrients to help grow big and strong.

Be stricter about feeding quantities once your kitten is over 9 months of age—feed enough to keep him strong and healthy, but not enough to produce a fat over-weight cat—but don’t starve him—he is, after all, a large to medium well-muscled, active animal!

Cat Weight (kg)Kitten 3 mths (cupKitten 5 mths (cup)Adult Active (Cup)Adult Moderately Active (Cup)Adult Older Inactive (cup)
1.01
1.511


2.01.51.75.5.5
2.5

1.75.5
3.0

1.75.5
4.0

1.51.75
5.0

1.51.75
How Many Meals each Day?
Your Oz Catz’ kitten has been having breakfast and dinner each day whilst in our care—both meals the same size.
 
You should continue two meals per day, reducing the quantity of breakfast gradually over the next 3 months, so that by about 9 months of age, breakfast is just a snack and dinner is the main meal.

But remember that your Ocicat kitten is growing – body, brain, muscles, nerves – and he needs good quality food in sufficient quantities.  Your kitten will eat as much as 1 ½ to 2 cups of food each day – if he gobbles his food quickly and then cries – he is still hungry – increase his food portions.

When he is between 6 and 9 months old, you can start to monitor his weight, but he is still growing until he is over 1 year old.  

Dry Food Addict Cats
Stop the free-feeding system.

Set up regular meal times for your cat.

Mix meats and high protein canned cat food with your cat’s dry food to get him used to a different food textures.

Leave the food out for 30 minutes, then put it away (don’t worry, he won’t starve).

Pet and praise your cat whilst he eats—also hand feed him the food.

Add a ’tempter’ as a topping—try cheese;  dehydrated meat flakes;  dehydrated liver sprinkles;  juice from water-packed fish;  chopped, cooked meats.

Keep offering canned cat food at every meal, no matter how long it takes—he will eventually convert.

Slowly reduce the dry food portion of her meals until you are adding none at all!!
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