As a general rule, dry food is healthier for your cat. It also costs less than the tinned variety and is more convenient as there are no messy tins scattered around the house.

When a new kitten arrives in the household, you’ll need to feed it about four small meals throughout the day. You can drop this to three times a day from three months to six months.

At six months, as growth slows down, you can drop this again to just two meals a day, but make sure that your chosen cat food is properly formulated for her needs.

At Connolly’s RED MILLS, a lot of research and development has gone into making sure that your kitten will get everything it needs via her food to ensure healthy growth and development.

Something that may not occur to you is that, if you are using a ceramic, glass, stainless-steel or plastic bowl, make sure it is wider than your cat's whiskers. Cats dislike narrow bowls and remove food from them to eat off the floor – not something you wish to encourage!

Make sure to thoroughly wash your cat's food and water bowls daily - and make sure you avoid bleaches or detergents with citrus or pine smells. They are likely to repel rather than attract your cat. Also, remember that your cat prefers to eat in privacy, so give her a little space to herself.

Changing foods

If you are changing your cat’s diet, we recommend that you do not do it all at once, but gradually over a week or so. Feed the usual food with a small amount of the new food, then gradually decrease the amount of usual food and increase the new food until they are completely changed over.

This method helps avoid any digestive upset due to change of diet and is especially important with kittens, who are very sensitive to diet.

A good cat food should be as follows: