What nutrients do kittens need in their cat food?

Feeding a Growing Kitten

As a general rule, cats that are less than one year of age are considered kittens. It is important to feed your pet a kitten formula up to one year.  The exception would be larger breed cats, such as the Maine Coon, which do not reach adult maturity until they are 18 months to two years of age.

Kittenhood is a playful, adorable time in a cat’s life. It is also a time for a high-energy diet that meets the demands of her growing and developing body.

So what makes kitten food different from adult cat food? The kibble in Purina’s kitten food is smaller in size than adult kibble, but it provides more calories for energy. It is also formulated with an enhanced nutritional profile that provides her with the complete and balanced diet she needs, as compared to adult cat food.

Kitten Nutrition 

Cats less than one year of age are considered kittens. During this time they need a food that is formulated with the nutrients necessary for healthy growth and development.

Some of those nutrients include:

  • More calorie, protein and fat than adult foods to keep up with the demands of their growing bodies.
  • The omega fatty acid DHA, which is an important nutrient for brain and vision development in kittens.
  • Vitamins and minerals including vitamins E, and selenium, are beneficial antioxidants that aid the developing immune systems in kittens.
  • Kittens also need optimal calcium to phosphorus ratio for proper bone growth.
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