The feeding period in a cat lasts 2 months, should we continue to feed her as before or not? Then, during the kittens' feeding, should we change her food too? It is certain that the mother's food plays an important role on the development of the kittens to be born!
A complete and balanced diet is essential for a harmonious growth, this is also valid during gestation!
How to feed a nursing cat?
During gestation, the energy needs of the cat increase in a linear way, progressively throughout the two months of gestation, contrary to the human and canine species.
It is thus advised to feed the cat as much as she wants.
Unlike pregnant women, cats do not need to take any particular vitamins or minerals if they are eating a complete food.
It is important to give cats during pregnancy a food rich in omega 3 (DHA) and folic acid:
- DHA promotes fetal brain development
- Folic acid reduces the risk of cleft palate
As for the bitch, it is advised to give the cat food as much as she wants during all the nursing period. The food must be rich in energy.
Kibbles for kittens are ideal in this case because they are rich in energy and proteins.
Moreover, kittens at the time of weaning will be able to feed themselves with a food adapted to their needs by imitating their mother.
You can alternate kibble and pate to vary the textures, binutrition has many advantages.