PRO PLAN Kitten with OPTISTART is specifically formulated for the healthy development of kittens from 6 weeks to 1 year.
Did you know that during their first year of life, kittens are more prone to infections, diarrhoea and digestive upsets? That’s why PRO PLAN Kitten with OPTISTART combines all the essentials key nutrients that kittens need, plus colostrum proven to help them develop a stronger and faster immune response. OPTISTART also helps strengthen a kitten’s intestinal health and help reduce the risk of stomach upsets so they can get the best start to life.
Recommended for pregnant and nursing queens. Also suitable for neutered/sterilised kittens.
|AGE WEEKS||GRAMS PER DAY|
|6 – 12||25 – 80gm|
|12 – 26||45 – 105gm|
|26 – 52||105 – 55gm|
Feed amount based on 250mL cup (contains approximately 110g PRO PLAN Cat Food Kitten)
Chicken (dehydrated chicken, chicken); corn protein; whole grain wheat; animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of vitamin E); wheat protein; minerals, vitamins, amino acids, organic acids and natural flavours (including calcium, phosphorous, sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron, iodine, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, folic acid, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, choline, pyrophosphates); legume protein; dehydrated fish; oats and barley; colostrum; fish and/or vegetable oils; natural antioxidants.
|Vitamin C (Min)||mg/kg||70|
|Vitamin D (Min)||IU/kg||1.000|
|Metabolizable Energy (ME)||Kcal/kg||3.91|
Mother’s milk makes the ideal first food for every kitten and is naturally rich in everything they need, especially the building blocks for their own natural defences. Although they won’t be ready for complete weaning until they are between six and eight weeks old, most kittens will start to nibble solid foods at three or four weeks. This is the best time to start offering a specially formulated kitten food – wet or dry. If you choose a dry food, it should be moistened and mashed and food should be offered in a shallow bowl.
Don’t be tempted to wean too early. Switching to solid food too soon can be damaging for kittens’ immature digestive systems. The process is less stressful if you wean kittens onto the food their mother is eating while nursing. Start with about a tablespoonful five times a day, and adjust if they are leaving food in the bowl or are still hungry. Throughout the process, they will continue to supplement their food with mother’s milk.
The key to successful weaning is time and patience. Your ambition should be to gradually remove the mother from her kittens around feeding time, in support of her natural instinct. This gradual weaning transition should see the mother reducing, then stopping, her milk production. By 10-12 weeks the transition to solid food should be complete. Throughout this period, monitor the kittens’ food intake and weight, and contact your vet if you have any concerns or the kittens fail to gain weight.