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During the first few weeks of a kitten’s life, good nutrition is essential. Kittens are born with their eyes closed and they can’t hear. In order for these senses and the rest of their bodies to grow and develop correctly they need the right nutritional building blocks. These building blocks can be found in maternal milk, after all that is what it’s designed for. However, sometimes it may be necessary to feed kittens a milk replacer. Large litters, exhaustion or, unfortunately, Mum not making it through the birthing process, are all reasons why owners may find themselves searching for a milk replacer to feed their kittens.
Recognising the specific nutritional needs of kittens, Beaphar Lactol Kitten Milk was created by the team responsible for Beaphar Lactol Puppy Milk, a trusted milk replacer that has been used by generations of dog breeders for over 100 years.
Designed to closely resemble natural queen’s milk, Beaphar Lactol
Kitten Milk is a complete milk replacer containing easily digestible, high
quality proteins, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. Beaphar Lactol Kitten
Milk has been developed to make sure it provides kittens with the best start in
life, and in 2018 we will upgrade to our most advanced formulation yet.
Beaphar Lactol is made from whey protein powder which is naturally rich in essential amino acids and highly digestible. This means that kittens are able to absorb and utilise the nutrients they need more easily than other milk replacers that are made from skimmed milk powder. To improve digestibility further, during the production process Beaphar Lactol is dried at a low temperature; high temperature drying can damage the delicate and vital protein molecules, making the resultant product far less nutritionally-valuable than Beaphar Lactol.
Beaphar Lactol Kitten Milk was developed by the team responsible for the trusted and well-known Beaphar Lactol Puppy Milk, and contains additional ingredients that kittens need to meet their specific nutritional requirements. These include Taurine, which is essential for the healthy development of the heart and vision, and Biotin, which is required for a strong and healthy coat.
Always striving to make sure Beaphar Lactol provides the best start in life, our formula is constantly developing, and to celebrate 100 years of Beaphar Lactol we’re providing our most advanced formula yet.
New for 2018, Beaphar Lactol Kitten Milk now includes DHA
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid. It is naturally present in maternal milk and is essential for the development of cognitive function and vision. This means it also has the potential to help improve house trainability and socialisation in kittens.
By including DHA in Beaphar Lactol Kitten Milk, we are
making certain that kittens are being given the best nutritional building
blocks to help them develop into healthy, happy cats.
As well as being suitable for newborn kittens, Beaphar Lactol Kitten Milk can also be given to Mother Cats.
During both the later stages of pregnancy and nursing, Mother Cats need higher levels of nutrients, vitamins and protein that they would day-to-day. Regular adult cat food often doesn’t contain the required nutritional support Mum needs to meet the increasing demands placed on her body as she goes through pregnancy, but there are alternatives.
Many people suggest feeding your cat high quality kitten food, as this formulated specifically for growing kittens and so contains everything Mum needs for a healthy pregnancy and healthy kittens. This should be introduced gradually by mixing a small amount of kitten food with her regular adult food to help her tummy adjust.
While a pregnant cat’s appetite can increase, you may also find she’s reluctant to eat as she gets closer to giving birth. As Beaphar Lactol Kitten Milk is liquid, you may find that your cat finds this easier to manage rather than solid food.
Good nutrition for both mother and kittens is essential, both during and after pregnancy. If you are worried or unsure about what to feed your pregnant cat or how much she is eating, you should bring this up with your vet during your consultation.
During the weaning process, Beaphar Lactol Kitten Milk can also be mixed with solid kitten food to help kittens adjust to a more solid diet. As they get older the amount of Beaphar Lactol can be reduced and the amount of kitten food increased until kittens are fully on solid food. Similarly, you can reduce the amount of Beaphar Lactol and kitten food given to Mother Cats during weaning, gradually introducing her back to her regular diet.kitten food increased until kittens are fully on solid food. Similarly, you can reduce the amount of Beaphar Lactol and kitten food given to Mother Cats during weaning, gradually introducing her back to her regular diet.