How much to feed a cat
To answer the question how much to feed a cat, you should know the answers for these questions how often should a cat eat, how much food does a cat need, how much does a kitten need to eat, and how much should a cat weight.
How often should a cat eat?
To answer the question how much to feed a cat, you should know the cats are true carnivores, their diet should consist almost entirely of meat, which takes many hours to digest. A good meal once a day is ideal for a cat’s natural cycle of digestion.
Cats in the wild hunt at twilight, eat what they catch, and then sleep until dusk the next day. In a natural state, a cat’s gut is set up to gorge on a meal (when she finds prey), then not eat again for many hours, in some cases even for days. This allows for proper and complete digestion of a meat-based diet and elimination of the by-products.
But we all know that our house-bound cats are obviously not wild animals and they are used to eating more frequently than once a day. Also, we would probably not be comfortable feeding a cat that infrequently—it may be feline nature to gorge and fast (like a lion in the jungle), but it’s human nature to feel good about our pets having a nice full tummy.
Since cats are creatures who thrive on a predictable schedule, the healthiest solution for a domestic cat is a twice-daily feeding schedule that allows her stomach to digest and empty itself completely. This encourages an efficient digestive process that will be ready for the next meal on an empty stomach. If your cat has been free feeding, do not worry about changing her routine.
She will soon adjust, as long as there is a somewhat predictable schedule. If you will be gone the whole day, then feed her in the morning before you leave (never leaving the bowl down all day, for reasons you’ll see below) and then feed the second meal whenever you get home.
The number of hours between meals is not critical, and for a nocturnally lively cat, the later she eats, the more it encourages her to sleep and not bug you during the night, as long as you throw in a play session before bed.
How much food does a cat need?
To answer the question how much to feed a cat, you should know how much food does a cat need. A cat’s stomach—before it is filled and expands—is about the size of a quarter. There are different opinions on how to determine the quantity of food to give your cat, as well as the amount of time she needs to be allowed to finish eating.
Some people say a cat needs about 3 ounces of food at each meal; other people calculate that an average 8-pound cat who is healthy and active should eat the equivalent of 8 mice a day, with each mouse calculated at being about 30 calories.
You may be confused by the amount of food recommended on the cans themselves, which may suggest feeding a can for every 6 to 8 pounds of body weight. In the case of a very large cat like a Maine Coon, this would mean an absurd quantity of food. The best way to determine the right quantity is to feed 6 to 8 ounces of food every day for an average-size cat of about 10 pounds, which means give two meals of one small can (3 ounces) at each meal.
There’s another way to decide the right amount for your cat: Let her tell you herself, since many believe that a cat will self-regulate and eat as much as she needs at any one time. Rather than worrying about portion size, you can measure your cat’s nutritional needs by feeding her twice a day and each time giving her 15 or 20 minutes to eat to her heart’s content. Put down half a can at first and if she polishes that right off, then give her a few tablespoons more until she is satisfied and walks away.
How much does a kitten need to eat?
To answer the question how much to feed a cat, you should know how much does a kitten need to eat. Young cats need to eat more frequently because they have tiny stomachs, a fast metabolism that burns up fuel quickly and they are growing.
Basically a kitten needs about twice as much food as an adult cat. Go to the end of this chapter for more information about when, what and how much to feed kittens.
How much should a cat weight?
- To answer the question how much to feed a cat, you should know how much should a cat weight. The ideal weight for a cat is hard to judge, since cats come in so many shapes and sizes.
- However, if your cat has a belly that hangs down and swings when she walks, you need to make plans to reduce her weight.
- Oftentimes this will mean simply removing all dry food and feeding canned or raw instead, which research shows is the best diet for every cat.
How do you avoid raising a fat cat?
The sorry truth is that it takes hard work on the part of the humans to make a cat fat in the first place. Most cats would not get fat since they are not normally prone to overeating: They naturally eat just until they are full.
However, if a cat’s environment is under stimulating and she doesn’t have enough to do to occupy her body and mind, and on top of that she has a bowl of constantly available starchy kibble to snack on, it’s happy hour at the Carbo-Bar, which puts her at risk of becoming obese.
If your cat is healthy, she will not have occasion to become fat if she gets two meals a day of actual meat. The main problem with free-feeding kibble is that a cat eats and eats but never gets truly satisfied because the food lacks the nutrients her body requires and she is just gorging herself on carbohydrates.
I realize that this last bit of information is probably shocking to many people, but stick with me here. The whole sordid story of poor cat nutrition will unfold in this chapter, along with ways to get your cat on the right track.
WHERE TO FEED
- Keep the cat’s litter box far from her dining area. Also, keep the food bowls in a quiet spot, away from areas of high traffic or hubbub.
- If you have multiple cats, place their bowls at a pleasant distance from each other so there is no competition or fear of poaching.
- Set it up so that they can all eat in peace and harmony, which is best for digestion in any species.
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