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What is the best nutrition for your kittens and puppies?

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Kittens and puppies usually drink their mother’s milk until they are 7 to 8 weeks old. You can introduce small amounts of kitten or puppy food around 3 or 4 weeks. Be sure to give your young pets specially formulated food, because as they grow, cats and dogs need extra nutrients and calories.

When they are 1 year old, you can begin to give your cat or dog adult food. Really big dogs, like Great Danes and mastiffs, may continue to grow until they’re 18 months old, so they should eat puppy food for longer.

SOURCES:

Association of American Feed Control Officials: “Selecting the Right Pet Food.”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Feeding Your Cat.”

International Cat Care: “Feeding Your Cat or Kitten.”

National Research Council of the National Academies: “Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs.”

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Dog Nutrition Tips.”

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University: “Vegan Dogs -- a healthy lifestyle or going against nature?” “When your baby isn’t such a baby anymore -- when to switch to adult foods.”

American Kennel Club: “Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Senior Pet Care (FAQ).”

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “2015 Obesity Facts and Risks.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 07, 2018

SOURCES:

Association of American Feed Control Officials: “Selecting the Right Pet Food.”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: “Feeding Your Cat.”

International Cat Care: “Feeding Your Cat or Kitten.”

National Research Council of the National Academies: “Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs.”

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Dog Nutrition Tips.”

Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University: “Vegan Dogs -- a healthy lifestyle or going against nature?” “When your baby isn’t such a baby anymore -- when to switch to adult foods.”

American Kennel Club: “Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Senior Pet Care (FAQ).”

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “2015 Obesity Facts and Risks.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 07, 2018

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