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Growth and Nutrition of Kittens

The young life of a cat is the period in which all the cells and organs are formed and developed.

The kittens open their eyes and ears when they are 1 week old; when 2 weeks old, their baby teeth come out. When 3 weeks old, they stand and try to walk and can begin to control body temperature. When 3 - 4 weeks (about one month) old, their visual development is complete, and the initial game behavior begins, which is the most influential period in the young cat's life, and learning will continue for life. Adequate DHA and EPA intake can play a key role in enhancing the learning ability of young cats. At about 6 to 8 weeks, the immune system coming from the mother gradually weakens, and when 8 weeks old, the kitten should be completely weaned and able to eat cat food.

The physiological characteristics of the kitten determine its special nutritional needs; the intake proportion of protein, fat and carbohydrate by kittens is 50%, 40% and 10% respectively. The demand for protein by kittens is two times that of adult cats, and the demand for calcium and phosphorus is five times that of adult cats, and sufficient taurine and vitamin A need to be replenished to satisfy the healthy development of the kitten’s vision, reproductive system and urinary tract.

In the first few weeks of life, the kitten’s development rate is fast and the development of each organ is not complete. Especially after the immunity of breast milk disappears, a kitten can easily be infected by diseases, thus sufficient nutritional supplement of scientific proportion needs to be taken at that time. In particular, taurine and vitamin A can significantly improve the immunity of young cats and ensure the healthy development of vision, fur, the reproductive system and the urinary tract of kittens. At the same time, immunomodulatory factors can improve the immune response rate of young cats in a comprehensive way, in order to better defend against external aggression and improve the general health level.

The cat is a carnivorous animal with a short intestinal tract. It cannot completely digest complex food. The characteristics of its digestive tract determine that it can only adapt to high-protein food. Protein is the most important energy source for kittens and therefore they require a high protein diet. With a lack of protein, the kitten may easily become thin, and its fur coarse; its weight may drop and development may stop.  These symptoms may also be accompanied by lack of appetite, pale visual mucous membrane, fall of blood pressure and other diseases.

Only with a healthy beginning can one own a healthy future. Milk power and nutritional products exclusively for kittens can improve their learning ability, brighten their eyes, enhance their immunity, and make their fur bright, their mouth healthy, their digestion and nutrient and energy absorption fine, and their bones strong. Thus they are the essential nutrition source for the healthy growth of kittens.



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