Choosing the Right Dry Food
As a Bengal kitten owner, it is important to understand the importance of providing your kitten with the proper nutrition. Feeding your Bengal the right foods is really important to ensure that they grow up healthy and happy. The first rule of thumb is to choose a brand of ‘dry’ food (cat biscuits or kibble) that you trust. We recommend premium brands such as Royal Canin and Advance, rather than supermarket brands because in our experience they have the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Look for a food that lists meat or fish as the first ingredient, and avoid foods that contain fillers like corn or wheat.
Balancing Dry and Wet Food
If you have a good premium brand of cat food, you can be more creative with their ‘wet’ food. It is important to feed both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ food as wet food provides more moisture than dry food, which is important for a kitten’s developing kidneys. Meat should be the primary source of protein in your kitten’s wet food diet. Chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, and fish are all great options. Be sure to avoid any foods that contain by-products or artificial preservatives, as these can be harmful to your kitten’s health. For this reason, we suggest that you avoid canned foods unless they are also from a premium brand (or fed on an ‘on-occasion’ basis). Other alternatives include fresh mince, tuna, and chicken necks.
Importance of Vitamins and Minerals
We don’t recommend feeding wholly grain-free diets to your kitten as it is important to ensure that your Bengal kitten gets enough vitamins and minerals in their diet. Good quality kitten foods are formulated to provide all the necessary nutrients and if you feed only a raw food diet you may need to add supplements.
Watch Out for High-Fat Foods
One thing to avoid is feeding your Bengal kitten food that is too high in fat, as this can lead to obesity and other health problems. Also, avoid feeding your kitten human food, as it can be difficult for them to digest and may not provide all the necessary nutrients. Some human foods, such as chocolate, grapes, and onions, can also be toxic to cats. Although it is tempting, also try to avoid feeding them.
Say No to Human and Table Scraps
Another thing to avoid is feeding your Bengal kitten table scraps. Although it may be tempting to share, table scraps can be unbalanced and can lead to obesity, digestive problems, and other health issues.
Providing Fresh Water
In addition to a well-balanced diet, it is also important to provide your Bengal kitten with fresh, clean water at all times. A water fountain can be a great way to encourage your kitten to drink more water.
Gradual Dietary Changes for Kittens
Finally (and most importantly) don’t make any changes to your kitten’s diet unless they are gradual – especially in the period in which they are adjusting to their new home. This can often cause gastrointestinal upset and loose stools. Your kitten will be provided with food from us when you pick them up – start with this food and transition only gradually and when required.