| Feeding your Kitten
The special dietary needs of Kittens
Kittens are not just cute and cuddly, they
also have special dietary needs that require
extra attention. Twisted Whiskers Pet Deli wants to help you take care of your kitten
so it will experience healthy growth and
development, and enjoy a long life with you.
We tend to think of the early years as the
"healthy years" and therefore may not give
enough consideration to feeding practices.
Improper feeding can increase your kitten's
risk of obesity, poor muscle and bone
development and poor immune response.
The kitten life stage can be the most
important time to ensure the health of your
new cat. Not only should kittens (from
weaning to about 12 months of age) be fed a
food specially formulated to meet their
needs for growth and development, but adult
cats during pregnancy and nursing need to be
cared for to ensure that their kittens are
receiving the optimal amounts of nutrients.
Kittens need precise levels of taurine to
help maintain normal heart function and eye
Additionally, they require the proper levels
and quality of protein, and fats, as well as
calcium and phosphorus to help build strong
bones and teeth.
How Much And How Often To Feed Your Kitten
It's important to feed your kitten the right
amount of kitten food at proper intervals.
Feeding guidelines on the bag or can of food
are a good starting point. It's critical to
your kitten's health that her physical
condition is monitored regularly and the
feeding amount is adjusted as needed.
To help your kitten grow up healthy, Twisted Whiskers Pet Deli recommends following the simple steps:
Choose a premium quality kitten food. Our
pets are what they eat and the superior
ingredients in Hills Science Plan Kitten, Iams Kitten and
Royal Canin Babycat and Kitten diets will give your kitten the very best
start in life. These diets are formulated
not only to sustain the kitten’s growth, but
have ingredients that have been proven to
aid its immune system and therefore overall
Feel free to ask our staff for personalised
advice on your kitten’s needs, or visit the
links to the websites of the premium pet
food manufacturers Hills, Iams and Royal Canin.
Weigh your kitten ( a kitchen scale should
Feed her based on the feeding guidelines for
the kitten food you’ve chosen.
Your kitten will need to be fed multiple
times during the day, to ensure she absorbs
the food optimally. From weaning to 12 weeks
of age, divide the daily feeding amount into
4 equal meals. Between the ages of 12 weeks
and 6 months, divide the appropriate daily
feeding amount into 3 equal meals. From 6
months onwards, feed 2 meals a day.
Evaluate your kitten's physical condition
using the Body Condition Scoring System (at
the end of this section) every two to three
weeks for the first six months and adjust
the amount you feed accordingly.
After the first six months, we suggest that
you evaluate your kitten’s physical
condition on a regular basis, especially
after the neutering operation. If weight
gain is noticed, that is leading to your cat
becoming overweight, consult us for advice
on a suitable diet to change to.
| Feeding your Adult Cat
A cat between the ages of one and six years
is considered an adult cat. These cats need
controlled levels of magnesium, phosphorus,
sodium and energy to help maintain their
health. Additionally they need adequate
taurine to help maintain normal heart
function, eye structure and reproductive
Obesity is the most common nutritional
disease of cats. Obese cats are at greater
risk for lower-urinary tract disease. A cat
prone to obesity requires a low-fat,
moderate-fibre food to help keep the cat
trim and feeling full without reducing their
volume of food intake.
Another important health concern for adult
cats is kidney disease. While kidney disease
is the second leading cause of
non-accidental death in dogs, it's the
primary cause of non-accidental death in
cats. To help promote your cat’s kidney
health, avoid diets high in phosphorus and
salt. Other common risk factors for kidney
disease are age, severe dehydration, heart
failure, liver failure, kidney infections,
some antibiotics, antifreeze, high blood
pressure, certain cancers and obstructions
of the urinary tract.
How Much And How Often To Feed Your Adult
It's important to feed your cat the right
amount of food at proper intervals, but that
can be tricky as feeding requirements vary
greatly from one cat to another. Feeding
guides on the food can or bag are just a
starting point. It's critical to your cat's
health that his physical condition be
monitored regularly and the feeding amount
be adjusted as needed.
To help keep your adult cat healthy, Twisted
Whiskers Pet Deli recommends following the
simple steps in this cycle:
1. Weigh your cat
2. Feed him based on the feeding guide of
your chosen diet and on veterinary
3. Evaluate your cat's physical condition
using our Body Condition Scoring System
every two to three weeks for the first six
4. Adjust the amount you feed accordingly,
or switch to a low calorie cat food, which
supplies all the necessary nutrition for
optimal health with carefully controlled
calories. The three premium cat food
manufacturers mentioned all have suitable
products and Twisted Whiskers Pet Deli
stocks them all.
We suggest that you or your vet evaluate
your cat's physical condition every few
months. For some cats, your vet may suggest
more frequent evaluations.
There are a number of diets available at
Twisted Whiskers Pet Deli that address
certain conditions that can be managed or
even cured by feeding the correct diet to
your adult cat. These conditions include
hairballs, a sensitive digestion system,
oral health problems, a sensitive skin and
| Feeding your Older Cat
If they are taken care of properly and fed
the proper balance of nutrients, your cat
can live a very long life. The oldest cat in
recorded history lived for 28 years!
At Twisted Whiskers Pet Deli,
we want to help you extend the life of your
cat so you'll be happy together for many
The Special Needs of Older Cats
As cats reach the age of seven years, they
tend to have more health problems,
especially with respect to metabolism,
kidneys, joints, teeth and eyes. To meet the
changing needs of the older cat, it's
important to feed a senior diet specially
formulated to address these needs.
Twisted Whiskers Pet Deli stocks a wide range of diets for the older
cat and we’ll be happy to advise you which
one to choose for your cat.
| Cat Body Condition Scoring System
How do you know if your cat is at her ideal
weight? You can determine if your cat is
under- or overweight by reading the clues in
her body structure
The ribs are obvious on short haired cats.
The pelvic bones and other bony structures
are easily felt. Seen from the side, there
is an accentuated concave abdominal tuck.
Seen from above, with the cat facing away
from you, there is a severe hourglass shape
to waist. No discernable body fat and
obvious loss of muscle mass.
Ribs easily palpable with little fat cover.
Lumbar ( lower back) vertebrae are obvious.
Minimal abdominal fat. Marked hourglass
shape to waist.
The ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and
other bony structures are easily felt with a
slight fat cover. Concave abdominal tuck.
Smooth hourglass shape to waist. Abdominal
fat pad minimal.
The ribs are difficult to palpate, or only
with pressure. The pelvic bones are palpable
with moderate tissue cover. The tail base
has fat deposition with a moderate soft
tissue cover. The abdominal tuck is
decreased to absent. Loss of hourglass shape
to waist with back slightly broadened.
Moderate abdominal fat pad.
The ribs are very difficult to impossible to
palpate. Heavy fat deposits on the back,
face and limbs. Abdomen is distended with
extensive abdominal fat deposits. Back is