Transitions are never an easy thing in life—especially when food is the focus of the transition. When young pets (in this case, kittens, specifically) are about to be introduced to solid pet food, certain things should be done.
Today, we at Pet Centre of Sparta wanted to lend a few tips to any cat owner (past, present, or future) that is aiming to get through weaning kittens from milk to solid pet food! Let’s get started.
Consult Your Vet
As always, whenever it comes to anything that concerns your pet, it is best to consult the animal healthcare practitioner that you trust. They will be able to give you an idea of the time table that it would take for your pet to become used to the idea of solid food.
Pet food can come as quite a surprise for systems that are used to primarily liquid form of sustenance. A lot of the time, kittens tend to reject solid food and their health ends up suffering because of it. At this point in time—or preferably before the time comes—it would be wise to consult with your pet’s doctor to make sure that you are going to approach the whole thing as best as possible.
Observe Your Cat
If your kitten is around 3 to 4 weeks old, they should be ready to be introduced to solid food. If the kitten is still with the mother, you can check for signs that they are ready by seeing if they try to eat what the mother is eating.
If the kitten has been orphaned prior to the 3rd or 4th week, there is a big chance that the kitten will be more inclined to start solid food a lot earlier. If you spot the signs that they are ready to be introduced to solid food, have your chosen kitten food ready. Always trust your instincts when it comes to your pet. If you think they are ready, test it out. If they show that they aren’t, do not force the issue. Your pet needs you to be attentive—especially in this point in time.
The weaning process should roughly take around 3-4 weeks. Depending on the needs of your kitten, it may actually take even longer. Start off with introducing a bit of wet food or some kibble that’s been moistened with a bit of water.
Kittens need to eat but they also need to up the strength of their teeth. So it would do no good to keep feeding them something that is overly soft. Be prepared for your kitten to reject the food every now and then. This is where your patience will be sorely needed. Kittens need owners that are patient with them so that they’ll have a good environment to explore and learn.
It is also important to note that since they are still learning to eat, they may be quite messy so prep yourself for that as well.
Keep Them Warm
Weaning kittens need to be kept warm—more than usual. The transition is going to mess up their body’s normal systems since its being introduced to something new while simultaneously limiting what they’re used to. Make sure that they have a good place to bundle up. Add a few extra blankets around where they sleep but make sure that they have sufficient room to breathe.
If your kitten is presently in the process of weaning, you can expect them to gravitate towards warm things a lot more. This can mean that your kitten will want to snuggle with you more so take full advantage of this time and keep your pet warm!
So there you have it! We at Pet Centre of Sparta hope that the information we’ve shared helps with the weaning of the kittens in your life! What are your thoughts about this? What steps have you taken to wean your kitties?