Raw for Puppies & Kittens
By far, the very best time to start feeding pets high-quality raw foods is before they are born. Some studies suggest that conditions in the womb, including the mom’s diet, are just as important as genetic factors for your dog’s or cat’s long-term health and temperament.
People who want healthy pets that live a long and happy life should look for breeders who feed high-quality (not high-fat) raw diets to their own pets during pregnancy and beyond. These breeders will most likely wean their pups or kittens onto high-quality raw diets.
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, but slowly. 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?
Some people may be concerned that a young puppy or kitten cannot handle the microbes in a raw diet, but our pets live in a world full of microbes. Keep in mind that dirt contains billions of microbes, and any animal that has ever gone outside has eaten so much dirt that its immune system can most likely readily handle raw. In several recently published studies¹, researchers concluded that organisms like the billions of bacteria, viruses and worms that enter the body along with dirt spur the development of a healthy immune system.
So start your puppies and kittens on quality raw diets as soon as you bring them home. It’s the most important time to feed the best foods you possibly can: high-protein, balanced fats, including DHA, complete mineral and antioxidant foods.
Proper Nutrition is Important in Every Stage of Life
Darwin’s Natural Selections meals are completely balanced and formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.1