Cat parents are often puzzled by the question ‘How much should I feed my cat’?.As a cat parent, you may be wondering if you are feeding your cat too much or too little.
The answer to ‘How much should I feed my cats is based on many factors including cat’s weight, the age, their breeds, metabolic rates, cat’s activity level, and the type of food you feed your cat. Now, let’s take them one by one.
An important factor in answering’How much should I feed my cat’? is considering your cat’s age. Kittens from the first four to five weeks get every nutrient from their mother. Then as from four months old, one pouch of food is very okay for a single delicious meal.
Four months old and kittens should be fed three to four meals each day and also bear in mind at this stage, only wet food contains all the nutritional requirements that kittens need to develop brain and muscle. Additionally, wet cat food is an ideal food for kittens because it’s a soft and delicate texture which makes it easier for kittens to chew.
At one year old, a kitten is considered as an adult cat and can gradually be fed complete and balanced adult cat diet. A healthy and active adult cat requires around 240 calories per day, which can be obtained from a mixture of both dry and wet foods.
Then as your cat grows older that is after the age of seven, though the same amount of food should be maintained, it is important to adjust their diet to one that suits their age, for example, introducing food that contains extra taurine to aid your cat’s vision, zinc and linoleic acid for healthy skin and coat and phosphorus to maintain strong bones.
Are you still wondering ‘How much should I feed my cat’? your cat’s weight plays an important role in answering this question. A healthy, active 8-pound adult cat requires 30 calories per pound per day. So, the average 8-pound cat requires about 240 calories per se.
Dry food contains about 300 calories per cup and canned food contains 125 calories per 3-ounce can. Using this as a guide, an 8-pound cat should be fed 4/5cup of dry food or 3-ounce cans of wet food. You should be able to adjust the proportions based on the food your cat prefers most, whether wet or dry food.
The type of breed your cat is also determined how much you should feed your cat. For instance, hairless cat breeds due to their body temperature need more food more than other cat breeds.
Hairless cat breeds consume two to two and half more than other cat breeds because they need to generate and maintain body heat while other cat breeds use their fur to keep their temperature stable. So if 8-pounce cat’s with fur consumes 30 calories per pound per day, hairless cat breeds that weigh 8-pound will consume 60 to 75 calories per pound per day.
If you have an outdoor cat, you might need to feed it lesser food than indoor cats. Outdoor cats are carnivores in nature, they always hunt mice and eats them in the wild. So, in most cases, it feels well-fed even before giving it some food. You should bear in mind that an outdoor cat may not need a lot of wet food because it eats wild animals which are almost equivalent to wet food.
Feeding your cat the right proportion of meals will save it from many health risks, keeping your cat from becoming obese is much easier than forcing an obsessed cat to go on diet.