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Feeding our pets is something we all want to get right. That’s particularly true when you are the lucky owner of a new kitten. Kitten’s digestive systems are delicate, as they make the transition from their mother’s milk to eating solid food. What they eat at this stage of their life can impact their health as they grow into adulthood.
Once they have weaned from milk, kittens should be fed a diet that is designed with their needs in mind. As they grow at the fastest pace of their life, they need food that supplies them with a high amount of both calories and proteins.
Wellness Complete Health Natural is a complete, grain-free, dried food. It meets your kittens need for protein (over 40%) and contains almost 500 calories per cup. Not only is the makeup of the food perfect for kittens, but it also contains added DHA.
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an essential fatty acid that your kitten needs for healthy brain and nerve development. Omega 3’s are very important to a kitten’s health, and Wellness Complete doesn’t only add the DHA. It also contains ground flaxseed and salmon oil to bring more essential fatty acids into the mix.
Wellness Complete is a dried food, which is handy for feeding if you need to leave your kittens for any period of time. Its primary ingredient is deboned chicken, with added minerals provided by the chicken meal. Fiber is provided by chickpeas and the flaxseed. It also contains extracts of rosemary, peppermint and green tea to help your kitten’s digestive system.
It’s a grain-free recipe – the calories are derived from healthy sources not from wheat or corn which can cause upset stomachs. The kibble itself is small pieces, ideal for little mouths to crunch.
Dry food shouldn’t be given as your kittens first solid food. It’s better to make a slow transition from milk to canned food and once your kitten has adjusted to them begin adding small amounts of kibble moistened with water to the meat until they are eating all dried food.
When your kitten is ready to eat dried food, however, we would have no hesitation in recommending Wellness Complete Health Natural Grain Free Kitten Food.
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Ground Flaxseed, Tomato Pomace, Dried Ground Potatoes, Salmon Oil, Natural Chicken Flavor, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacin, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract. This is a naturally preserved product.
Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
- CRUDE PROTEIN 40.0% (min)
- CRUDE FAT 18.0% (min)
- CRUDE FIBER 4.0% (max)
- MOISTURE 10.0% (min)
- DOCOSAHEXAENOIC ACID (DHA) 0.10% (min)
- VITAMIN A 25,000 IU/kg (min)
- VITAMIN E 200 IU/kg (min)
- CALCIUM 1.0% (min)
- PHOSPHORUS 0.8% (min)
- TAURINE 0.20% (min)
- OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS 4.3.0% (min)
- OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS 0.95% (min)
- TOTAL LACTIC ACID MICROORGANISMS* 80,000,000 CFU/lb (min)
As described above, weaning to kibble should only be done after your kitten has successfully eaten canned food for a week or more. If you have already introduced dried food to your kitten and would like to switch to Wellness Complete Health Natural Grain Free Kitten Food you should make the transition slowly. Begin by adding a small amount of Wellness Complete to their bowl, and gradually increase the amount over a period of about two weeks until they are only eating the new food.
- Weight Adult Daily Feeding (cup)
- 10 LBS 1/2 – 3/4
- 20 LBS 3/4 – 1 1/2
- 30 LBS 1 1/2 – 2
The Bottom Line
Wellness Complete Health is a well thought of brand that creates quality pet food with none of the cheaper, bulking ingredients. Its kitten food is no exception, and the recipe meets all your kitten’s nutritional needs. It also supplements with essential fatty acids, prebiotics, and other herbal extracts to help with digestion.
If you are looking to feed your kittens on a dry food diet, then this product is one of the better ones on the market. However as always with cats, it comes down to what your fur babies are willing to eat. Try them on this food, and if they’re reluctant you can look through our reviews to choose an alternative.
Sarah Dixon is a freelance writer specializing in pet care and recruitment, and the author of the Alfie Slider series of children’s Sci-Fi novels. She lives in York, UK with her two children and her fur babies Tilly (Calico) and Casper (DSH).