Carbohydrates are not essential for kittens, as they have the ability to produce them from proteins. However, carbohydrates are still very important because they are a source of energy, but also a source of fiber, since fiber is very useful for the proper functioning of the digestive system. Digestive comfort is therefore partly ensured by carbohydrates and this is very important for animals and to avoid digestive disorders.
Vitamins are essential for the kitten’s growth and must be provided in part by its diet. For example, vitamin A, which plays a role in the cat’s vision, and vitamin D, which acts on calcium/phosphorus metabolism, are not synthesized by the kitten, so kitten food must contain sufficient amounts of these vitamins.
Kitten food should also contain vitamin E, to meet the animal’s daily needs. Vitamin E has an anti-oxidant role, so it helps improve the kitten’s immune defenses and fight against cell aging.
Minerals and trace elements must also be present in sufficient quantities in your kitten’s food. The two minerals that are particularly important for a kitten are calcium and phosphorus, as well as the phospho-calcium ratio. Phosphorus allows the assimilation of calcium, while calcium allows the formation of the skeleton in kittens. These two elements, combined, are essential for the kitten’s proper growth and to ensure the mineralization of its skeleton.
Why shouldn’t you overlook the importance of your kitten’s diet?
Until the end of its first year, your kitten will be in full growth and it is essential to offer it a good diet. Your kitten’s food must be healthy, nutritious, appetizing and given at the right times so that your kitten gets used to enjoying its food and adopts good feeding habits. A complete diet will also help avoid deficiencies or diseases, while ensuring a good longevity to your kitten!