For kittens, you can usually buy dried or wet food.
The former is the option of choice for many pet owners. It is easier to portion out, promotes teeth health with the crunching, and is often a bit more wallet-friendly too. Dried biscuits can usually be moistened with a bit of water for young kittens, and the level of moistness reduced as time goes on.
This can also help if you know you want to feed them on dried biscuits when they are older, as they are then used to the taste and texture.
Wet food is often a complete food, but some people will choose to mix it with dried for a balance. It is often a bit more expensive, but the perfect treat. Advocates for wet pet food do say that it is the best option as it contains more water, which helps with cats who have a low thirst drive.
This is important for their urinary tract and kidney health, so therefore a balance is a perfect option. If you offer your kitten a mixture of wet and dry food from the start, in a range of different flavours, their adult palate will be broadened and they will be less likely to turn their nose up in later life.
Make sure you adjust the portion sizes of each food type so they aren’t being overfed.
What To Look Out For In Kitten Food
Did you know that a cat has 500 taste buds compared to the 9,000 humans have? This means that smell and texture are actually more important to a cat than flavour.
Select food which is the right shape and size, and then pick an option which is easy for you to serve up to four times per day at the start.
Dried food is cheaper than wet, and buying in larger bulk packages is often better value for money too.
If you have several cats, work out how much they will need feeding every day, and how often you want to buy. Purchasing a bag of food every month makes more sense than smaller bags with the need to buy every few days.