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Kittens should be fed a high protein, calorie diet which is easy to chew. A good quality kitten food will provide for all their needs.

Kittens grow rapidly and will reach 75% of their adult body weight by around 6 months of age. Kittens become adult cats around 9-12 months old and can be fed an adult diet.

Older Cats
At around 7 years and older, cats start to experience a decline in certain areas, including the immune system. They may be less active and the sense of smell or taste can also be affected. There are foods available for older cats that have an amended nutritional content.

Cats also experience changes in how they digest their food as they get older. They cannot digest protein or oils as efficiently as before. Foods for older cats are formulated to be more digestible to help combat these changes.

Pregnant Females
After mating, female cats will need more calories. Their nutritional requirements peak 5-6 weeks after the kittens are born, when they will be using 3-4 times more energy than usual.

If they are not fed properly, female cats will not be producing enough milk so cat owners should consult their vet for additional advice on how best to feed pregnant cats or cats with kittens. A kitten diet would usually be appropriate at this stage.