A kitten’s digestive system takes time to develop and, as such, it’s not uncommon for your kitten to experience digestive discomfort.
However, there are steps you can take to support your kitten’s delicate digestive systems.
Signs of digestive issues in kittens
If you think your kitten may be experiencing digestive sensitivities, watch out for some of these tell-tale signs:
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Significant weight loss/reluctance to eat
- Bad breath
- Vomiting or regurgitation
Feed balanced nutrition for optimal digestion
While your kitten’s delicate digestive system is still developing, a diet that contains highly digestible nutrients is ideal when it comes to encouraging healthy digestion.
The right blend of nutrients will help to support your kitten’s immune system, as well as their digestive system. What’s more, food that is formulated to include prebiotics help to encourage beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.
Maize is a key ingredient in the composition of our exclusive ROYAL CANIN® Kitten food range and each kernel is packed full of nutrients, including:
- Maize Flour
Whole grains ground into a fine meal and well-cooked for easy digestion. Maize Flour is full of beneficial nutrients including proteins, fibre and fatty acids (oils).
- Maize Gluten
Through a very specific milling process, the fibres, carbohydrates and oils are extracted, leaving behind the protein rich maize gluten.
- Maize Starch
A carbohydrate that is a highly digestible energy source for kittens.
Feeding tips to promote digestive health
In addition to choosing the right diet for your kitten, take a look at these handy tips and guidelines for feeding your kitten:
- Try to avoid making sudden changes to your kitten’s diet. We advise gradually transitioning your kitten onto their new food over the course of a couple of weeks, mixing their old and new food together daily, and reducing the old food while increasing the new.
- Try not to hover around your kitten while they are eating. Your presence may cause stress, which in turn can lead to an upset stomach.
- Consider dividing your kitten’s daily food allowance into multiple small meals throughout the day. This ‘little and often’ approach allows your kitten’s digestive system to work less strenuously.
- The most important thing to remember is not to give your kitten scraps from your own plate – no matter how tempting. Many types of human food can have a damaging effect on your kitten’s digestive health.
If you have any questions about your kitten’s digestive health, please consult your vet.