Exotic Shorthair and Persian (or Exotic Longhair) kittens naturally wean off their mother’s milk at around 8-12 weeks of age. When these young kittens are old enough (around 8 weeks old) they will start to eat food on their own while decreasing the amount of milk they nurse from their mother.
Basic Exotic Shorthair and Persian (or Exotic Longhair) kitten nutrition
The basis of your Exotic Shorthair and Persian (or Exotic Longhair) kitten’s diet* should be a high-quality balanced premium commercial kitten food that is appropriate for their life stage and health status. By reading the label, you can discern if the brand is appropriate for the age of the kitten. It is best to start feeding wet kitten food and introducing dry kitten food as your kitten grows. You should never feed puppy or dog food to your Exotic Shorthair or Persian (Exotic Longhair) kittens as they will be deficient in taurine, an essential protein that kittens can only obtain through food.
You can also offer some natural foods to provide variety. Natural foods include fresh human-grade raw meat such as diced-up raw lamb meat or pieces of raw chicken meat, less the bones.
We recommend you choose only human-grade raw meat because some raw meat products marketed as pet food (pet meat/pet mince/pet rolls and bone products) contain preservatives to keep them looking fresh, but these can be detrimental to the kitten’s health. There have been many pet food safety incidents linked to sulfate preservative-induced thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency, which can be fatal. You should avoid sausages, sausage meat, and cooked manufactured meats as they can also contain sulfate preservatives. Provide some moist foods in the diet regularly e.g. wet can food.
What should my Exotic Shorthair or Persian kitten drink?
Ensure clean fresh drinking water is available at all times for your Exotic Shorthair or Persian (Exotic Longhair) kittens. If you provide milk, do so as a treat and monitor at first as this can cause gastrointestinal upsets.
Other foods for Exotic Shorthair & Persian kittens
Different types of fish such as tinned fish in spring water (e.g. sardines, tuna, and salmon), may also be offered as a treat occasionally (take care with any fish bones) but please avoid feeding fish constantly because this is not a complete diet for your exotic shorthair and exotic longhair kittens. Cooked meat such as boiled chicken can also be fed occasionally. Please ensure there are no cooked bones, onions/onion sauces, or other toxic substances present (see below).
A small amount of finely-cut vegetable matter may be offered. It is important to remember that cats are ‘obligate carnivores’, which means they require meat in their diet, so their nutritional needs cannot be met by a vegetarian diet.
Toxic foods for Exotic Shorthair & Persian (and all cats really)
Do not ever feed the following substances as they are toxic to your Exotic Shorthair or Persian (Exotic Longhair) kitten: (This is not an exhaustive list.) alcohol, onions, onion powder, garlic, chocolate, coffee or caffeine products, moldy or spoiled foods, avocado, bread dough, yeast dough, grapes, raisins, sultanas (including in Christmas cakes, etc), currants, nuts (including macadamia nuts), fruit stones or ‘pits’ (eg. mango seeds, apricot stones, avocado stones), fruit seeds, corncobs, tomatoes, mushrooms, cooked bones, small pieces of raw bone, fatty trimmings/ fatty foods, salt and roughly-cut vegetables.
Also, ensure your Exotic Shorthair or Persian (Exotic Longhair) kitten doesn’t have access to string wrappings around rolled roasts or absorbent pads found under meat when wrapped on trays.
*The following information is general advice, but as each Exotic Shorthair and Persian (or Exotic Longhair) kitten is an individual, seek veterinary advice, particularly if your kitten has any special dietary needs or has a reaction to a standard diet.
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