The kitten is a baby cat and like every baby has high energy, protein and mineral needs, and presents digestive and immune immaturity. As a result vets strongly advise that these kittens are provided with all the nutrients they need for harmonious growth: support for natural defenses and high digestive tolerance. It is very important to understand that the diet you are going to give your 2 month old kitten is vital for her good health and for her development.
Even if your 2 month old kitten is not fussy and would swallow everything that passes, this is no reason to give her just anything to eat! At 2 months old your kitten can already digest solid foods. After weaning (that is, when they no longer get milk from their mother’s teat), most mammals, including kittens lose the ability to properly digest milk (specifically lactose). If you really want to give it something that looks and (sort-of) tastes like milk, go for the special kitty milk, which is not made of kitties, but rather from milk with reduced lactose content.
At two months old a kitten should be eating kitten-tailored cat food as it is generally more calorific then adult food to support growth. something like Royal Canin Kitten or Whiskas Kitten wet (the Royal Canin is higher quality but does cost more). You could also try giving some dry food such as Well Beloved Kitten dry. Kittens of 5 weeks and older can be offered canned food for KITTENS ONLY but they may still need to be bottle-fed. Canned food must be creamy texture with no chunky food or big pieces. Please try to find the best quality canned kitten food from the pet store. It is surprising that some folks would give kittens adult cat food. As much as possible, this should be avoided since the formulation of adult cat food is not the same as the nutrient requirements of kittens.
Nutrition Requirements For Kittens
It is important to understand that like all mammals, the first year of life is characterized by explosive growth and development. For kittens, their weight typically doubles or even triples in just a matter of a few weeks after birth. This growth spurt requires tremendous amounts of energy. As such, you can expect kittens to require more energy. Unfortunately, they will not be able to obtain the needed amount of calories on a single feeding alone. Most adult cats are fed once or twice a day. Kittens, on the other hand, will require three to four times a day.
Kittens also require more proteins, minerals, some vitamins, and amino acids for building cells and tissues especially the nervous system and muscles. Experts actually recommend that kittens obtain 30% of their energy needs from proteins. This is in addition to the main function of proteins as structural building blocks. When it comes to fatty acids, most vitamins, and fats, the levels are almost the same as in adult cats.
Kitting Feeding Schedule
Feed your kitten at least 4 times a day, giving it 1/3 to ¾ cup per feeding. Its tummy is still too small to contain the much-needed amounts of food that will give it the right amounts of nutrients if fed as frequently as adult cats.
Your kitten most likely weaned off her mother’s milk and started eating solid food at about 8 weeks old. By the time you bring her home, she should be eating solid canned food or kibble – about 4 times a day. Growing kittens need as much as 3 times more calories and nutrients than adult cats.
So, the deal here is to feed your kitten at least 4 times a day, if you intend to give it wet kitten canned food. If you prefer giving it a combination of wet and dry kitten food, then twice-a-day feeding is often substantial.
Kitten Food Types
Dry Kitten Food
The issue with dry cat food is that the kibbles may be too hard for the little teeth of kittens to break down into smaller pieces. Additionally, it contains very little moisture to meet the recommended requirements of your kitten’s hydration needs. If one really has to give dry cat food, this should be softened with water to allow kittens to chew on the food properly and provide them with much-needed hydration at the same time.
Wet Kitten Food
A much better option is to give kittens canned wet foods as these are generally considered to be more nutrient-dense than dry food. They contain more moisture and taste a lot better, too. The downside is that wet cat food is usually expensive. As such, most cat owners typically combine the best wet cat food and the best dry cat food. This helps provide more balanced nutrition for your growing kitten.
Household Kitten Food
The principle of homemade food consists of concocting meals for your kitten made up of products or leftovers from your own diet (fish, vegetables, meat, etc.). However, there are proportions to respect and products not to give.
Household feeding is complicated to organize and balance the needs of a 2 month old kitten. Indeed, if you opt for this type of food, it will be necessary to know how to give the menus with the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins, minerals… and especially the right amount daily. This is why you will have to weigh each ingredient and cook them in an optimized way to preserve all the nutritional qualities.
Finally, note that if you have accustomed your 2 month old kitten to eat exclusively household food, on the day when you will not be able to feed it in this way, if you give it kibble, it will not tolerate them.