Cats become sexually mature before they reach adulthood. Although the period when they reach sexual maturity, in other words, they become fertile, varies from cat to cat, it usually coincides with the time they are 4-5 months old. Considering the fact that cats that are not yet 1 year old are kittens, it becomes clear once again how important it is to feed neutered kittens. When sterilization is carried out during the puppies period, both the balanced nutrition of the offspring, their weight control and optimal development are required. In this article, you can find information about the feeding of neutered kittens.
Changing Needs After Neutering Kittens
Kittens are usually neutered when they are 6 months old. Many people who live with cats prefer to have a sterilization operation in this process, to reduce the risk of cats running away from home for mating, unwanted pregnancies and health problems related to early pregnancy.
About 48 hours after kittens are spayed, their metabolic rate drops. However, since their appetites remain largely the same, feeding them with kitten food during this period increases the possibility of obesity. On the one hand, it is also known that the development of all body systems, especially the musculoskeletal system, continues. This situation requires that the feeding plan be made more carefully than usual after the kitten is neutered.
The developmental needs of kittens continue after neutering. Their nutrition with more specialized foods and nutrient ratios compared to adulthood helps them to enter adulthood without any developmental problems, and to prevent health problems such as urinary tract problems and obesity that are likely to be encountered after sterilization.
Principles of Kitten Nutrition After Neutering
It will be beneficial to pay attention to some factors when creating feeding plans and choosing food for cats that have been neutered during infancy. The first and foremost factor is maintaining weight balance. We repeat it as often as possible, but we would like to remind you once again. Obesity in cats is a condition that can lead to serious health problems and significantly reduce the life and comfort of cats. For this reason, the necessity of providing appetite control in the feeding of neutered puppies whose metabolism slows down but whose appetite remains constant comes to the fore.
The diet of infertile puppies also needs to support their immune systems. During infancy, the cat’s immune system continues to develop. A weakened immune system can make them vulnerable to various diseases. It is critical to support the immune system, especially after a physically stressful operation such as sterilization.
Neutered kittens should not eat enough to make them gain weight, but they should meet their daily needs completely. For this reason, it is important that the preferred foods are delicious. Cats are creatures with very high taste thresholds and may avoid eating foods they do not find tasty. In this case, we have a loss of appetite. Unfortunately, the chronic loss of appetite in cats has many negative consequences.