From a Cub to a Lion: Knowing When It’s Time to Switch Cat Foods

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We all know as cat owners that the transitional period between kitten and adult cat is not as easy to pick out as a human’s – kittens don’t get acne or grow six-feet taller. However, kittens and cats have varying nutritional needs.

Because of their rapid growth, a kitten’s diet requires a higher fat content and more food than an adult cat’s diet. Once a young kitty has reached full maturity, it’s time to cut back on the fat and focus on their impending development.

A majority of vets suggest making the change from kitten to adult food after the cat reaches one full year old; prolonging this could result in a thicker waistline (and a possible muumuu fitting).Like any other life transition, the transition to adult cat food should be gradual. A sudden change could result in severe gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, diarrhea and gas – or even worse, teen angst. Sudden switches could also result in rejection, as your cat may not like the taste of their new food.

When choosing new a new cat food for your budding feline, be wary of a surplus of corn, wheat, or fillers, as these provide no real nutrition to your cat. Instead, choose foods with whole lean meats as the primary ingredient, and you’ll have one happy young adult, rather than a grouchy, overweight one.

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