For Mon Tigre Bengals Cats and Kittens
What should I feed my kitten?
Kittens are fully weaned between 8 and 10 weeks.
The most important thing is to continue to feed your kitten the same food they have been fed by us for the first few weeks in order to prevent any gastrointestinal upset. After that time you may begin to gradually change their food, although we do recommend that they continue to be fed a high quality dry cat biscuit from a brand such as Advance, Royal Canin or Hills Science Diet.
We leave out biscuits all the time for our cats and kittens to graze on. If you find that you have problems with ants, consider using a dish with a rim that you can fill with water. Should your adult cat become fat – you may need to restrict their biscuit intake, but in most cases for Bengals this is not required.
For “wet food” or protein we feed fresh pet mince such as kangaroo, beef or chicken mince and at least once a week we feed chicken drumsticks, tuna and/or sardines to our cats. We do also have some cats and kittens that enjoy a little milk from time to time but it must be lactose free (unless you feed no more than a tablespoon at a time). Please try to avoid cheap canned food from the supermarket on a regular basis.
Your kitten has been fed on:
- ‘Advance’ Dry Kitten food (we offer an unlimited supply, kittens will eat as they require);
- Kangaroo/ chicken mince three times a day (about a tablespoon per feed for 12 week old kittens); and
- Kitten milk (lactose free milk).
Any changes to diet should be gradual.
You should avoid sausages, sausage meat and cooked manufactured meats as they can also contain sulphite preservatives.
Before feeding any treats off your plate always conduct a Google search to ensure that food is not toxic to cats.
How often do you feed your kitten?
Kittens should be offered food at least 3 times per day to begin with as they have very fast metabolisms at a young age. It is difficult to overfeed a kitten as they will usually only eat as much as they need. If you can’t offer a lunchtime meal (because you are not home) then leaving out a supply of biscuits will suffice.
If your kitten does appear to be chubby – first assess your worming regime (as worms can result in a bloated stomach) and weigh your kitten to assess your kitten’s body condition score. Reduce available food if your kitten if fat as overfeeding kittens (while uncommon) can predispose them to muscle and bone problems.
As your kitten matures, watch their weight and begin reducing the number of meals that you offer. Adjust the size of the food offering to suit your Cat’s weight. We do recommend, if you can, avoiding large meals even for adult Cats which can cause bloat.
Fresh drinking water must be available at all times for Cats and Kittens. Some Bengal Cats will prefer to drink from a moving water source, in which case a water fountain is a good investment.
Never feed your cat cooked bones as these can splinter, causing potentially fatal internal damage or intestinal obstruction. Bones must always be raw and you should always supervise when they are eating raw bones.
We feed whole chicken wings and drumsticks to our cats on a regular occasion which they really enjoy.
- Raw and cooked meat such as boiled chicken or lamb;
- Tinned sardines in spring water, tinned tuna and tinned salmon;
- Finely-cut vegetable matter, such as cooked pumpkin or carrots (fussy eaters will not eat this);
- Cat grass and mint should be offered – we buy ours from Bunnings and grow in pots that can be rotated, allowing the plant to recover.
- coffee or caffeine products;
- mouldy or spoiled foods or compost;
- bread dough, yeast dough;
- grapes, raisins, sultanas (including in Christmas cakes etc), currants;
- nuts (including macadamia nuts), fruit stones or ‘pits’ (e.g. mango seeds, apricot stones, avocado stones), fruit seeds, corncobs;
- green unripe tomatoes;
- cooked bones, small pieces of raw bone, fatty trimmings/ fatty foods;