The Changing Needs of a Kitten Becoming a Cat

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By one year old, your kitten will be an adult cat. She may still act like a mischievous kitten, but her needs will have changed. Now that she's fully grown, she'll require an adult cat food that will provide her with the appropriate levels of nutrients, vitamins and minerals she needs through adulthood.

Feeding

Adult cats don't use as much energy as kittens, so continuing to feed her kitten food could cause her to become overweight. Y,our vet will be happy to advise you on your cat's food and recommend a suitable adult food. It's a good idea to transition her slowly from the kitten food to her new adult food, introducing it gradually over a five- to seven-day period to help get her used to the new taste and consistency.

Vaccinating

At approximately 14 months of age, your vet will also recommend a booster vaccination to make sure your cat's immunity from disease is maintained. This is also a good time to make sure your cat is protected from parasites by updating her flea and deworming treatments.

Exercising

Now that your cat is bigger and more muscular, regular exercise is essential to keep her fit and healthy. Exercise doesn't just keep her body in shape, it also keeps her mind active, healthy and happy.

If you haven't already done so, now is a good time to speak to your veterinarian about the benefits of spaying or neutering your cat.

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