Since kittens grow very quickly and go through two stages of growth before adulthood – babycat and kitten – they need a specific diet in each stage that meets all their basic needs in order to strengthen their immune systems, promote proper neurosensory development and facilitate bone growth.
Although cats are carnivores, their diet may contain high-quality carbohydrates to provide energy for easier digestion, which helps prevent stomach upset.
Kitten formulas should also contain all the vitamins and minerals needed for proper skeletal development, as well as antioxidants capable of supporting natural defenses and EPA and DHA for proper central nervous system development.
Royal Canin kitten formulas address the very specific needs of the growing kitten. Learn which formula is right for your kitten by visiting our Product Finder.
Kitten nutrition is designed specifically to provide maximum support during the first weeks of life, but cats' needs change as they grow older. At four to five weeks of age kittens can be given solid food. After the second set of teeth has come through, the nutrients essential to a kitten’s growth remain the same until one year old.
Follow the guidelines recommended on the packaging for feeding your kitten. Avoid feeding your kitten anything other than kitten food, and make sure there is always fresh water available.
If you are changing foods, always remember to make the transition gradually. Ask the person you obtained your kitten from about their feeding methods (number of meals/day, brand/type of food, etc.), because switching to a new food and routine abruptly can cause digestive upsets.
For more information on feeding your kitten and introducing a new diet, visit our FAQ section under “Feeding advice and guidelines".