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Frequently Asked Questions

The best food for your kitten will vary based on their individual needs. In general, you’ll want food that is formulated for their age, size, breed and energy levels. Vets typically recommend brands that have been in the market for a long time and products that have been thoroughly tested.

The best dry food for kittens varies based on their individual preferences. Look for one they like to eat, and consult with your veterinarian before making any food changes, like switching from wet to dry or vice versa. You can also try adding a topper to your kitten’s dry food to make it more appealing.

The healthiest food for your kitten depends on their specific needs and preferences. In general, a commercially produced food is less likely to have risky or untested ingredients. Bigger brands and companies typically complete a variety of tests to help ensure their food is safe to consume and meets nutritional standards.

Look for kitten food that meets Association of American Food Control Officials (AAFCO) safety standards (their quality seal or statement will be on the back of the bag). This nonprofit sets nutritional standards for pet food in the United States.

Kittens should eat nutrient-dense, kitten-specific food—not adult cat food—to help ensure their nutritional needs are met. Talk to your veterinarian to find life stage- appropriate food for your kitten.

When it comes to high-quality, affordable kitten food—or any kitten food—you’ll need to look at the ingredients list to make the best decision for your kitten and your budget. Important ingredients to look for include:

  • Protein: Protein is very important for kittens. Cats are carnivores and need meat to survive. Generally speaking, kittens should get about 30 percent of their energy from protein.
  • Fat: Fat is a source of essential fatty acids. One of the most important ingredients for cats is taurine. Not getting enough of it can cause serious health issues, including reproductive disorders, blindness, weakened heart muscle disease and retinal degeneration.
  • Calcium: To develop strong bones, your kitten needs calcium.
  • Vitamins: Vitamins are important for vision development as well as strong bones and teeth.

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