Kittens are not hard to look after but they do have some special requirements.
What do I feed a kitten?
Kittens usually start eating solid food at around 4 weeks of age but still suckle on their mother. Ready made cat foods that can be bought in the supermarket usually contain a balanced diet for your cat or kitten. There are many brands to choose from and many manufacturers make specific kitten food. Cat food can be bought in cans, rolls, packets etc. Choosing premium brands is not always necessary but you can be assured of total cat nutrition if you stick to the big name brands. Check the packaging for wording such as 'Total nutritional requirements for cats and kittens'. Supplement your kitten's diet with chopped or minced fresh meat, fish or chicken but remember fresh meat or fish alone does not supply your kitten with all the nutrients it needs. Give you kitten a variety of foods changing what you give him regularly. Kittens can become very bored with same food day in day out and they may refuse to eat. It also helps guard against raising a fussy eater! Throw away uneaten food. Don't put it back in the fridge to give the kitten later as it could be contaminated by bacteria. Don't feed your kitten dog food as the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats are very different. For further information read this article: Cats are different
Kittens can begin eating dry cat food from an early age and most find it quite enjoyable. There are supermarket brands and there are brands that are only available from your vet or pet food store.
Supermarket Brands are fine to feed to your kitten. Most usually contain total required nutrition.
The brands that are available from the vets are premium brands such as Hills and Eukanuba which are scientifically formulated to meet recommendations of veterinarians and nutritionists. I recommend that Dry food is available to kittens (and adult cats) at all times regardless of any other feeding. A bowl of dry food will allow your kitten to be able to 'snack' whenever it feels hungry. Water Your kitten needs fresh water available at all times. Try not to use plastic bowls as they tip over easily. A heavy china, pottery or porcelain dish is preferable.
How long does a Kitten Sleep? Kittens can sleep between 15 to 18 hours a day!