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    Puppies and Kittens

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    Feeding Guidelines

    Puppies

    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 2 to 4 times their weight eats.

    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 4 times the puppy's current weight.
    • Puppies (4 - 7 months): choose plan for a dog 3 times the puppy's current weight.
    • Puppies (7 - 12 months): choose plan for a dog 2 times the puppy's current weight.

    Examples:

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

    It's recommended to feed puppies 3 times a day, up until they are 6 months old. After 6 months, 2 meals a day is recommended. For adult dogs, 1 or 2 meals a day is fine.

    Complete and Balanced Plans for Dogs

    Kittens

    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 3 to 4 times their weight eats.

    • Kittens (2 - 3 months): choose our 12 lb cat plans, or aim for 5 to 8 oz/ day. Guidance for average kittens weighing 1.5 - 4 lbs.
    • Kittens (3 - 6 months): choose our 14 lb cat plans, or aim for 6 to 8 oz/ day. Guidance for average kittens weighing 4 - 6 lbs.

    It's recommended to feed kittens 3 - 4 times a day, up until they are 6 months old. After 6 months, feeding 2 - 3 times a day is recommended, up until 1 year. After 1 year, 2 times a day is fine.

    Kittens should be allowed to eat as much as they want up to 6 months. The above recommendations are just guidelines to help you get started. You can always choose one of our 16 oz servings 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.

    Complete and Balanced Plans for Cats

    How Soon Can I Start My Puppy or Kitten on Raw Food?

    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.

    What if the Breeder Kibble Fed My New Puppy or Kitten?

    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.

    Can Their Young Systems Handle Bacteria?

    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.

    Proper Nutrition is Important in Every Stage of Life

    Rebel Raw “Complete” plans are completely balanced and formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.