02 NCAC 52J .0205          FEEDING

(a)  Dogs and cats shall be fed at least once each 24-hour period except as otherwise might be required to provide adequate veterinary care.  Food shall be commercially prepared food which complies with laws applicable to animal feed or the food shall be provided by the owner.  The food shall be free from contamination, wholesome, palatable, and of adequate quality and quantity appropriate for the given size, age, and condition of an animal to meet the daily requirements for nutritional value.  Puppies and kittens less than six months of age shall be fed at least twice in each 24-hour period.  An eight-hour interval between feedings is required if only two feedings are offered in a 24-hour period.

(b)  Food receptacles shall be accessible to all dogs or cats and shall be located so as to minimize contamination by waste.  For every adult animal, there must be at least one food receptacle offered.  Food receptacles shall be durable and shall be kept clean and sanitized.  Damaged receptacles shall be replaced.  Disposable food receptacles may be used but must be discarded after each feeding.

(c)  Food and water receptacles in outdoor facilities shall be protected from the elements.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 19A‑24;

Eff. April 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2005; April 1, 1985.