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Cat & Kitten Feeding Guide

Cat & Kitten Feeding Guide

Just as nutrition is key to our lives, making sure you are giving your cat all the nutrition they need is essential.

Life stages of cats

Understanding the key life stages your cat goes through is key to helping them be happy and healthy. As your cat grows and matures you are likely to see changes in their behaviour and habits. It’s also important to consider the different nutritional needs cats have when they go through these key stages.

Feeding through the stages

Feeding a healthy kitten starts even before they are born! Start to feed the pregnant mother on kitten food about 4 weeks before they are due to give birth. We recommend Burgess Complete Kitten. This will help the litter to be born at a healthy weight. It also helps to reduce the risk of health conditions. When the litter has been born, continue to feed the mother the same kitten food while she is providing milk. This helps to make sure the kittens are being provided with the extra nutrients they need.

From the age of four weeks, you can gradually introduce and encourage your kitten onto solid cat food, supplementing their mother’s milk. Try very small amounts at first, softening any hard cat food with water and mashing it up.

Gradually increase the amount they eat as they grow. Follow the on-pack guidelines to ensure you are feeding the correct amount for the weight of your kitten. A kitten food should typically be fed up to the age of 12 months. There should always be plenty of fresh clean water available to drink.

A complete kitten food should have:

Smaller kibble for kitten-sized mouths and to make eating and digestion easier.
A high level of digestible proteins (around 32%) to assist growth and muscle development.
Extra calcium for strong bones and teeth.

Your furry friend can be moved onto adult cat food after 12 months. A good quality complete dry cat food, like Burgess Cat, will ensure your cat gets all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need to stay in tip-top condition.

Protein is critical to your cat’s diet. You should feed your cat a food that contains 25% – 30% protein. Make sure the food you choose has a balanced blend of minerals and contains taurine, an essential amino acid to support a healthy heart.

Some cat foods have extra beneficial ingredients added for specific reasons. For example, antioxidants support your cat’s immune system.

Did you know that neutered cats require an estimated 20% fewer calories than their non-neutered friends? The needs of a neutered cat change straight after the procedure. Their metabolism reduces, causing your cat’s calorie requirement to drop significantly. Also, your cat is more likely to stay closer to home, so they are more prone to weight gain.

Simply reducing your cat’s intake of their original food is not adequate. This may lead to your cat lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. We recommend Burgess Neutered Cat Food, a complete cat food formulated to support all the needs of a neutered cat.

Neutered cats are also at a higher risk of urinary problems. Burgess Neutered Cat helps to minimise the adverse effects of neutering.

The needs of older cats can change. As your cat matures, their metabolism slows down. As a result, they are more prone to putting on weight and need less energy. Keep an eye on your senior cat’s food intake and watch those treats!

You should consider feeding your cat a mature cat food from the age of 7. You should look out for:

  • Easily digestible, high quality protein
  • Ingredients that help alleviate the signs of age such as stiff joints, coat quality and urinary tract health
  • Glucosamine to help support joint mobility in older, less agile cats
  • A recipe that’s formulated to support urinary health
  • Taurine for a healthy heart, vision and reproductive functions
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What is neutering?

What is neutering?

Neutering is another term for sterilising or spaying. Cats reach reproductive age as early as 4 months which is why neutering is so important. Neutering helps to prevent your cat getting some serious illness, and stops any unwanted litters. Neutered cats are generally expected to live longer too!

Our cat food range

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Our Kitten Complete food is suitable for kittens up to one year of age and for pregnant and nursing mothers. Our smaller kibble is designed for kitten's smaller bite size.

With healthy cereals, protein sources, antioxidants and essential nutrients, Burgess Kitten Complete food is designed to help keep your kitten happy and healthy.

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All cats, from tigers to domestic tabbys, are obligate carnivores. This means they must eat meat to survive. Our unique Burgess Cat recipe contains elevated levels of protein to support these needs.

With added antioxidants, taurine and essential fatty acids, you can feed your pet Burgess Cat from the age of 12 months.

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Neutering has many positive health benefits for your cat! But it does mean your cat's needs can change.

Did you know, a neutered cat requires up to an estimated 20% fewer calories? Our Neutered Cat food is high in protein, with essential nutrients and vitamins. All to help your neutered cat stay healthy and content.

Transitioning to Burgess cat food

Transition your cat’s diet over a period of 7-10 days by gradually reducing the old food and replacing with Burgess.

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Do you need more advice?

To help you find the right food for your pet have a look at our product range.

Alternatively you can call our free consumer care line on +44 1405 862241 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Our dedicated team of pet experts will help you make the right choice.

If you should have any concerns about the health of your pet, always consult a vet.