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Food For Puppies and Kittens

Food For Puppies and Kittens

Food for Puppies and Kittens

So, you just got a new cuddly and adorable member of the family! Congratulations! Along with your new puppy or kitten, comes tons love, laughs and bonding. But, new pet owners and even experienced pet owners understand that having a kitten or puppy around also means a lot of responsibility. It is important to know that you are not alone in worrying about your furry little bundle of joy. Questions like, 'is she sleeping okay?', 'why is he whining?' and 'am I feeding her the right food - or enough food - or too much food?' are common. But, what is the best food for puppies and kittens?

For pet parents who want to give high-quality, nutritionally-balanced food to their new puppy or kitten, a raw pet food diet is ideal. A scientifically-designed diet with an all-natural blend of high-quality, raw ingredients is one of the most beneficial things you can do to ensure many, many healthy and happy years with your new best friend.

The incredible benefits of a starting or transitioning your new pup or kitten to a safe and nutritious, fully-organic raw pet food diet that is antibiotic and hormone-free, cannot be overstated. Since 1998, has been providing affordable and convenient raw frozen pet food delivery to new pet parents across the US.

Start Raw Pet Food Early to Develop A Healthy Immune System

Studies suggest that the best time to start your pet on a high-quality raw pet food diet is before they are born. Genetic factors and Mama's diet are both important contributors to a dog or cat's temperament and long-term health. If your puppy or kitten comes from a breeder who doesn't have their animals on a raw meat-based diet, it is easy to transition your new pet.

There are many concerns that a young animal cannot tolerate the microbes found in a raw food diet, but rest assured that, once weaned, puppies and kittens thrive on a raw pet food diet. In fact, the microbes in raw food actually spur the development of a healthy immune system. Raw food gives your young pet complete nutrition with high-protein, complete minerals, balanced fats, DHA and beneficial antioxidants.

Transitioning Your Puppy or Kitten To A Raw Diet

Pet parents will want to transition young pups or kittens to a fresh, organic raw diet gradually. A rapid change in any animal’s diet can cause digestive issues like vomiting, diarrhea and uncomfortable gas and bloating. It is your job to monitor the transition and use the appearance of their stool as a gauge to know when it is time to increase or decrease the amount of raw pet food during mealtime until they are fully transitioned.

Start by feeding 1/4 of the recommended raw pet food amount for your puppy or kitten's age and size, mixed with 3/4 of their current canned or dry food. If your pet's stool is firm, then proportionately increase the raw while decreasing the amount of canned or kibble. Continue gauging their progress day by day, until their digestive system is converted from hard-to-digest processed pet food.

If your tiny pet's stool is loose, simply reduce the raw and wait 2-3 days before adding more raw food to their feeding. There is no need to worry about loose or runny stool, this is likely an indication that they are expelling toxins from their body from highly-processed pet food or that their digestive functions need time to adjust to all-natural, fresh food. Be patient, you will get there, and your pup or kitty will live a longer, healthier life for your efforts.

Quick Tips For Feeding Your New Pup or Kitty

Your new puppy or kitten is getting the hang of how things are run at their new home, it is important for new owners to be patient and positive. All pets are sensitive to negativity and angry reactions. Your consistent schedule and mood will help to reassure him or her that they are safe and loved. Mealtime should occur around the same times each day, especially while you are transitioning to raw food. Here are 5 quick tips for feeding your new pup or kitty:

  • Establish regular mealtimes to maintaining a healthy weight is to establish regular mealtimes.
  • Pet owners feeding their puppies or kittens a raw diet should never leave food out.
  • Serving dishes should be washed after each meal with warm, soapy water and rinsed to avoid contamination.
  • Puppies under five months old should be fed three times per day. As your pup matures, reduce feedings to twice per day.
  • Kittens should be fed twice per day. When your cat reaches adulthood, at between nine to twelve months, mealtimes can be reduced to once or twice per day.
  • Provide access to plenty of cool, fresh water.
  • Limit treats, especially during transitioning, and try to avoid overly processed grain-based treats.
  • Kittens prefer their food to be served warm.
  • Leave a puppy's food bowl down for about five minutes, if he finishes it within this time - you should increase the amount. If he walks away with food still in the bowl, you are overfeeding.
  • Try serving your finicky feline using a flat dish to encourage eating, her bowl may be interfering with her sensitive whiskers.

Affordable Raw Pet Food Delivery For Ease and Convenience

As the #1 online retailer for Steve's Real Food, is proud to offer fresh dog food delivery with pet diets starting at $5.60 per pound with free shipping when you order 20lbs. Because of the perishable nature of raw pet food, Steve's Real Food orders are frozen and shipped directly to you in a reusable insulated cooler, packed in dry ice to keep it frozen during transport.

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