Puppy and Kitten Nutrition
Our nurses are able to offer advice on all aspects of nutrition, and offer free of charge clinics to advise you on what best to feed your puppy or kitten. We stock recommended kitten and puppy food at our practice in Raynes Park, and our vets an nurses are always happy to offer advice.
Feeding your kitten
Because they are growing fast and are generally more active than adults, kittens need more protein and calories than adult cats, so it is important to feed them a high quality kitten food, full of all the correct nutrients, right from the start. Improper feeding can increase your kitten's risk of obesity, poor muscle and bone development and poor immune response.
Kittens should be fed 4 times daily until 12 weeks of age then gradually reduced to two meals a day which they stay on for the rest of their lives. We don't reccommend free feeding your kitten because it can lead to obesity. We suggest you stick to a dry food as it helps to keep your kitten's teeth cleen. Each pet should have their own food bowl positioned in a quiet location.
Once your kitten has been neutered (usually at 6 months), we recommend that you move her on to an Adult food. You will be able to discuss this with our nurses when you bring your kitten in for a free progress check.
Feeding your puppy
Just like a baby has different needs than an adult, puppies have different needs from the dogs they'll grow into. Giving your puppy a good start in life is the best thing you can do to ensure she'll be happy and healthy for years to come.
Because of factors like size, breed, age, environment, exercise, heredity and many others, a "one size fits all" approach to nutrition isn't ideal. Improper feeding can increase your puppy's risk of obesity, excessively fast growth, growth-related skeletal problems, poor muscle and bone development and poor immune response.
A growing puppy needs precise levels of essential nutrients to stay her healthiest. To meet the growth and development requirements of puppies, their bodies require a puppy food with increased amounts of energy, protein and calcium compared to adult dogs' needs. In addition, a large breed puppy (who will grow to be more than 55 pounds at maturity) needs a puppy food formulated to ensure proper bone and muscle growth and the right amount of energy. If your puppy is asmall breed puppy's, his small mouth may manage better with a puppy food that has a smaller kibble.
Puppies should be fed 4 times daily until 12 weeks of age then gradually, over a period of several months, reduced to two meals a day which they stay on for the rest of their lives. We don't reccommend free feeding your puppy because it can lead to obesity. We suggest you stick to a dry food as it helps to keep your puppy's teeth cleen. Each pet should have their own food bowl positioned in a quiet location.