Cat Nutrition Benefits of Mixed Feeding
The art of mixing
The term “mixed-feeding” is a commonly used term to describe a nutritional routine that involves feeding your cat, or kitten, a mix of wet and dry food. Not only could mixed-feeding have a positive impact on your cat's overall wellbeing through providing balanced nutrition, and a more pleasurable eating experience, but it may also bring measurable benefits that contribute to overcoming a number of health challenges throughout your cat's life.
Kitten feeding: “Diversity right from the start”
As you may already be aware, your kitten's dietary preferences are first influenced by her mother's nutritional routine, and, again, later influenced by the nutritional routine you establish during her first year. With this in mind, it is thought to be highly beneficial to your kitten if you expose her to a variety of foods as early in life as possible in order to broaden her dietary preferences from an early age. This is especially relevant when it comes to mixing wet and dry foods as it allows your cat to take full advantage of the potential ‘urinary’ and ‘weight control’ benefits of wet foods later on in life at a time when she most needs them - following neutering.
It is recommended that, between the ages of 2 and 3 months, you present your kitten with a variety of different foods, all whilst respecting adequate diet transition periods for new recipes. Through providing this diverse experience so early on, your cat will, upon reaching adulthood, more readily accept a variety of foods and reduce her tendency to reject new foods. In a nutshell, your cat may be less fussy!
A word from the Dr Corinne Lesaine, Perfect Fit’s consulting veterinarian – “While kittens usually prefer novelty in food, and enjoy the process of discovering smells, flavours and textures, it has been observed that in stressful situations they often revert to more familiar ‘comforting’ foods and refuse new foods. It is therefore beneficial to create a favourable environment for your kitten, so she can vary her eating experiences and be less likely to develop into a fussy eater!”