Puppies and kittens

Kitten and a puppy laying next to each other.

Puppy feeding guide

Since puppies are actively growing and developing, they require more calories than adult dogs of the same weight. In general, puppies need to eat what a dog who is two to four times their weight eats.

Feed puppies three times a day, up until they are 6 months old. After 6 months, two meals a day is recommended. For adult dogs, one or two meals a day is fine.

Puppy's weight

2 - 4 months

4 - 7 months

7 - 12 months

Weight

Feed daily

Feed daily

Feed daily

5 - 10 lb

24 - 32 oz

18 - 24 oz

12 - 16 oz

10 - 20 lb

28 - 40 oz

21 - 30 oz

14 - 20 oz

20 - 30 lb

40 - 56 oz

30 - 42 oz

20 - 28 oz

30 - 40 lb

56 - 72 oz

42 - 54 oz

28 - 36 oz

40 - 50 lb

72 - 80 oz

54 - 60 oz

36 - 40 oz

50 - 60 lb

80 - 88 oz

60 - 66 oz

40 - 44 oz

60 - 70 lb

88 - 96 oz

66 - 72 oz

44 - 48 oz

70 - 80 lb

72 - 90 oz

48 - 60 oz

80 - 90 lb

90 - 99 oz

60 - 66 oz

90 - 100 lb

96 - 105 oz

64 - 70 oz

100 - 110 lb

96 - 114 oz

64 - 76 oz

110 - 120 lb

70 - 82 oz

120 - 130 lb

74 - 86 oz

130 - 140 lb

80 - 90 oz

140 - 150 lb

84 - 96 oz

If you're unsure how much food to get, choose a plan for a dog that is at least three times the puppy's current weight. That's a good place to get started and then you can always adjust up or down. 

  • Puppies (2 - 4 months): choose plan for a dog four times the puppy's current weight.
  • Puppies (4 - 7 months): choose plan for a dog three times the puppy's current weight.
  • Puppies (7 - 12 months):¬†choose plan for a dog two times the puppy's current weight.

Examples:

  • Puppy is 3 months old and weighs 8 lb, choose a plan for a 30 lb dog.
  • Puppy is¬†5 months old and weighs 15 lb, choose a plan for a¬†45 lb dog.
  • Puppy is 6 months old and weighs 22 lb, choose a plan for a 65 lb dog.
  • Puppy is 9 months old and weighs 30 lb, choose a plan for a 60 lb dog.

Kitten feeding guide

Since kittens are actively growing and developing, they require more calories than adult cats of the same weight. In general, kittens need to eat what a cat who is three to four times their weight eats.

  • Kittens (2 - 3 months): choose our 11 lb¬†cat plans, or aim for 5 oz to 8 oz/ day. Based on average kittens weighing 1.5 lb - 4 lb.
  • Kittens (3 -¬†6¬†months):¬†choose our 13 lb¬†cat plans, or aim for 6 oz to 8 oz/ day.¬†Based on average kittens weighing 4 lb - 6 lb.
  • Kittens (6 - 9 months):¬†choose our 13 lb¬†cat plans,¬†build your own Custom Box with 16 oz packs, or aim for 8 oz to 10 oz/ day.¬†Based on average kittens weighing 7 lb - 9 lb.

Feed kittens three to four times a day, up until they are 6 months old. After 6 months, feeding two to three times a day is recommended, up until one year. After one year, two times a day is fine.

Kittens should be allowed to eat as much as they want up to 6 months. The above recommendations are guidelines to help you get started. You can always choose one of our 16 oz packs and spoon out as much as the kitten will eat at each meal. The more meals throughout the day, the less they will gorge themselves on fewer meals and cause possible gastric distention.

Kitten's weight

Under 4 months

4 - 9 months

9 - 12 months

Weight

Feed daily

Feed daily

Feed daily

2 lb

3.70 oz

3.4 oz

3 lb

4.8 oz

4.4 oz

4 lb

5.8 oz

5.4 oz

5 lb

6.75 oz

6.25 oz

6 lb

7.6 oz

7 oz

5.75 oz

7 lb

8.5 oz

7.8 oz

6.4 oz

8 lb

9.25 oz

8.5 oz

7 oz

9 lb

9.25 oz

7.5 oz

10 lb

10 oz

8 oz

11 lb

10.6 oz

8.6 oz

12 lb

11.25 oz

9.2 oz

13 lb

12 oz

9.7 oz

14 lb

12.5 oz

10.2 oz

15 lb

13 oz

10.6 oz

16 lb

11.1 oz

FAQs

Most puppies and kittens can handle a transition to a raw food diet after weaning. Puppies and kittens can eat raw food just like an adult can, no matter the age or breed. The most important time to feed fresh food is when your pet is young. Great nutrition helps build a solid foundation, upon which your puppy or kitten can live long and prosper. Providing proper nutrition when feeding a growing puppy or kitten is very important to ensure they grow as healthy as possible.

If you bring home a kibble-fed puppy or kitten, it is best to introduce raw food within a few days, as soon as they settle down. Just like human babies, the most important time for good nutrition is when their body and brain are developing, which continues until adulthood.

For transitioning tips, dog transitioning, cat transitioning.

Yes, kittens and puppies have digestive systems equipped to handle bacteria just like adults. Their digestive tracts are shorter and more acidic than ours so the risk for bacterial illnesses is low. Salmonella can only survive in higher pH conditions (4-8+) and requires at least 12 hours to reach incubation. The hydrochloric acid in a carnivore’s stomach is a protective enzyme against pathogens. Their stomach is highly acidic (about a pH 1) while their digestive system is short and lacks complexity. Bacteria is killed when ingested and passed within 4-6 hours as waste.

Yes! Our complete and balanced food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for growth/all life stages including growth of large-size dogs (70 lb or more as an adult). For more details: Nutritional data.