Food and Water
It is best not to change your new cat's diet immediately. When you go to pick up your new cat ask what it is currently eating and, if possible, get a sample or buy the same brand so your cat will have what it is accustomed to. This will help avoid the inevitable tummy upsets of a quick food change.
Kittens need a different kind of diet to adult cats. Their stomachs are smaller and their nutritional needs somewhat different as they need more fats and proteins than grown cats. They should be fed a high quality kitten food rather than adult cat food, and in order to meet the demands of their rapidly growing bodies and hectic lifestyle, they should be fed little but often, having several small meals each day. At about six to eight weeks, your kitten should be fully weaned and eating solid food.
There are generally two types of prepared cat food available, which are distinguished by their water content. 'Moist' products are currently the most popular and are beneficial because they improve your cat's water intake, whereas 'dry' cat foods should be fed mostly as a supplementary item. However, a complete dry food can be fed as the sole diet.
Your cat can be fed using any ceramic or metal bowls you have in your kitchen, although they may prefer their own dishes. However, they should never be given plastic as these can cause chin acne. The cats' food and water bowls should also be placed well away from their litter box area.
Cats should always have a supply of water, especially if you are feeding them dried food. They are usually very fussy about their water and will drink much more if the water is fresh. It is not unusual to see cats drinking out of puddles or the sink as they much prefer fresh water. They will ignore their water bowl if the water has been there for a few days and is lying stagnant. Just like you they, prefer their water to be fresh! Alternatively, automatic water dispensers ensure a constant supply of clean water.