Understanding the different growth stages your puppy or kitten is going through helps to ensure they get the right nutritional balance in their diet, which is key for healthy development into their adult life.
Neonate Phase (Birth - 1 month)
The majority in this stage is spent feeding and sleeping. Puppies will soon start to explore their new world, protection from the maternal immunity will decrease progressively.
Ideally, puppies at this stage should be entirely breast-fed by their mother during their first month, but if this is not possible feed a high-quality puppy milk replacer 6-8 times per day.
*** Note that puppies should not be given cow’s milk.***
Socialization Phase (1 month - 2 months)
Puppies will become more social and energetic. Higher levels of nutrients are needed, and you might need to transit to other food to help support their immune system.
Most pups start weaning from mother’s milk to puppy food at this time. Start by mixing some puppy milk with crumbled puppy food, then slowly increase the puppy food over time to wean off milk.
Juvenile Phase (2 months - 12 months)
Getting the right nutritional support at this stage is crucial as puppies are building bones that within a year will be four times stronger than concrete.
This is a time of rapid growth, and puppies should be fed food appropriate for both age and their breed. Larger breeds have different requirements, and good puppy nutrition can prevent many issues in later life.
Neonate Phase (Birth - 3 weeks)
Kittens start to interact with their new world, while the amount of maternal antibodies progressively decreases and their own antibodies level is still low.
Ideally, kittens at this stage should be entirely breast-fed by their mother during their first month, but if this is not possible feed a high-quality kitten milk replacer 6-8 times per day.
*** Note that kittens should not be given cow’s milk.***
Socialization Phase (3 weeks - 4 months)
Kittens start learning and exploring more. Milk alone no longer provides enough energy and nutrients to sustain their new behaviour.
They will need to transit slowly to solid food, which is energy-dense and packed with nutrients.
Start by mixing some kitten milk with crumbled kitten food, then slowly increase the kitten food over time to wean off milk.
Adolescence Phase (4 months - 12 months)
At this stage kitten's growth will slow down as they mature into a well-proportioned cat.
They are now ready to transit to a new diet that can support the strengthening of their immune functions and the development of their body structure.
Adolescent cats should be fed a good quality diet suitable to their life stage, with kitten foods generally being higher in protein, minerals and calories than adult and senior cat foods.
Consult your vet for the best nutritional option.
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