The transformation of kittens into cats takes place rather quicker than one would expect. It just takes 8-10 weeks for kittens to start eating solid food, which is quite impressive. With the passing of a few more weeks, the transformation becomes complete.
But, cat owners can’t find out the right food items to kittens who are growing up real fast. There is one question that is extremely popular on the internet pertinent to kittens, i.e.,
‘Can kittens have cat treats’?
Well, the answer to this question would be ‘Yes’ with an asterisk. There are certain questions that cat owners need to find answers to, some conditions that they have to follow before serving anything to their kitties.
With a plethora of commercially available treats, I don’t think if there is any harm in giving those to kitties, especially when if they are given in moderation.
Ready for cat treats?
The first thing that cat owners will have to confirm is whether their kittens are ready to eat cat treats. If a kitten is just 4-5 weeks old, then it would probably be continued with milk replacement formula.
They don’t have the teeth to chew the food, so feeding them would be inappropriate. When the time comes for them to wean onto solid foods, then cat owners must ensure that the food is soft and easy-to-chew. The combination of baby food and some minced meat will work just fine for kittens.
The baby food must not contain added garlic, onion and sodium, as these are harmful to kittens. When kittens are 10-12 weeks old, then they can have anything they want. So, you can offer them treats occasionally for good behavior.
Types of treats
Cat owners while purchasing treats for their kittens must keep in mind that the food must meet the nutritional standards established by the governing authority who is responsible for the same.
Also, check for treats that contain whole meat as the main ingredient, as that’s considered a great source of protein.
Give everything, but in limited quantity
There is no denying the fact that treats are delicious, but cat owners can’t provide too many treats to their kittens, as that would affect their health. The regular diet should include only cat food because that contains all the nutrients, which are required by kittens to gain optimum health.
Treats should be given occasionally, whenever there is some special event. It is just like how they eat out in the restaurants, the same needs to be followed with the kittens. Eating food that is rich in fat and carbohydrates on a daily basis will deteriorate the health of the kitten, so owners must give treats in moderation.
Like I have mentioned above, treats should just be confined to special occasions, or when kittens behave really well for an entire day. Cats can be annoying at times, so for them, behaving well for a whole day is a big deal.
One thing that is common in a kitten and a toddler is that both will beg for their favorite food constantly, but adults have to make sure that they don’t get it regularly because after all, such foods make them obese and sloppy.
For some cat owners, commercial cat food is not the right choice, so what they can do is, they can simply buy pieces of boneless chicken and make a delicious chicken dish. The chicken will be liked by the kitten, plus it will deliver protein and other vital nutrients as well.
The meat should be soft because a kitten’s teeth are not as firm as that of a cat. Pay close attention towards how kitten eats treats, so that if there is anything wrong in the dish, then it is not served again.