Kittens need a premium canned food for the source of all the necessary nutrients needed to promote the development of strong bones and muscles, promote healthy teeth and gums, and to provide a source of protein and energy needed for the intense period of growth which occurs during the all-important first year. These foods were chosen with these qualities in mind. The nutritional value percentages have been converted to "dry matter" basis for uniformity.
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Normally, I would not include an "all life stages" food in a listing for kittens especially as the first choice. However, Felidae matches Evolve Kitten in the growth and energy nutrients, at 50% Protein and 32% fat, and is a palatable food most cats like, at a comparatively low price. Top Ingredients: Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Ocean Fish, Lamb, Brown Rice, Egg, Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil, Lecithin, Nutritional Yeast, Rosemary, Cranberry Meal, Kelp.
Evolve makes a fine line of mid-priced premium cat foods for both adult cats and kittens, and is a favorite among my test cats. It ranks at the top of kittens' requirements for protein and fat, with 50% and 32% (dry matter value). First listed ingredients are Turkey, Turkey Broth, Turkey Liver, Chicken, Ocean Fish, Brown Rice. If your kitten likes it, you can't go wrong with Evolve.
Disclaimer:Triumph, the parent company of Evolve, has had some pet food products recalled. No Evolve products have been recalled, as of 5/14/07. (Information from The Pet Food List.)
I have not personally tested this food, but it ranks high as an "all stages" food based on ingredients and guaranteed analysis. The first listed ingredients are chicken meal, Ground Brown Rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and Ascorbate Palmitate).
Avoderm (made by Breeders' Choice) was one of the first kitten foods we bought for Jaspurr and Joey and as adults their canned food diet includes Avoderm in rotation. It weighs in at a respectable 45% and 32% for protein and fat. Named ingredients are Chicken, Chicken Broth, Ocean Fish, Turkey, Kidney, Chicken Liver, Oat Bran, Rice Flour, and Avocado Oil.