Roger Salmon column

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

When is kitty fully grown and able to start on adult food?

Cats are generally fully grown at 12 months old but this is not always the case.

Some larger breeds such as the Maine Coon and the Norwegian do not reach their final weight until three years old.

Please note that if your kitten is neutered it is better to choose a special kitten food to prevent early age weight gain.

Is it OK to feed milk to my kitten? Most cats cannot tolerate cow’s milk as the lactose in cow’s milk cannot be tolerated by them and will cause an upset tummy and diarrhoea. Milk is neither good nor necessary for cats and water is the best and most natural drink for them.

Are all foods suitable for my cat? All reputable cat foods are approved but there may be ingredients that do not suit the individual cat.

If your cat has recurrent stomach problems you need to talk to your vet as a special digestive support diet may be needed.

Always remember that vegetarian diets are never suitable for cats as they have a very particular protein and vitamin requirement.

Throughout evolution cats have been used to eating large amounts of meat and have lost the capacity to cope with lower protein intake and to make certain nutrients themselves such as vitamin A.

Cats are “obligate carnivores”.

Which food is better for my cat with bladder problems? This depends on what kind of bladder problem your cat suffers from so it is very important to get the correct diagnosis from the vet.

If your cat has bladder stones then a dry or wet forms of food with a reduced content of certain minerals or protein is recommended.

My cat has hair balls, what can I do to help? Long haired cats will logically swallow more hair than short haired cats as they groom themselves.

Most cats get rid of hairballs by vomiting or retching, but sometimes they cause digestive problems so regular grooming with a comb and brush will help.

Some oil added to the cats food will help or even a hairballs remedy from the vet may be needed. The “SPECiFiC” foods contain fibres that help to prevent fur balls.