How Much Food Should I Give To My Cat?

Cats are adorable pets. Their cunning eyes, fidgeting over 
those fluffy faces, may suggest that they are up to some mischief.

However, those little loveable balls of fur, rolling all over the floor while wagging their tails seem actually capable of just one thing which is looking amazingly cute.

They will continuously straddle throughout the house, sometimes lazily glancing at you in between. 

And you can’t help but smile. And suddenly, they will jump into your lap and roll up like a ball of fur with their cunning eyes remaining fixated at you and would emanate unimaginable innocence. 

Well, actually, that is a sign that the cat is hungry. And thus the big question, how much food should I give to my cat? (click here to see why your cat is getting fat) And the answer depends on various factors so read on to find out.

Is your cat lean or fat?

A report from Animal Medical Center in New York suggests 
that a healthy cat weighs eight pounds on an average. However, depending on how active your cat is, compared to their diet, a cat can turn overweight or even underweight. 

Accordingly, you must manage her diet. A thin cat needs more protein, while the fat one needs some dieting. You may find it quit easy to feed cats, however convincing them to diet can be a rel problem.


Is your cat new to your home?

A new pet is always sensitive towards a change of
environment. While a cat which has recently joined your family might be trying hard to adjust to its new home, altering her diet plan may turn out to be a little too much to ask.

In order to smoothen its transition to a new home, you should follow its old diet plan for some time. And when you sense your cat has settled in, you can gradually replace their diet plan.

How old is your cat?

Young cats need to be fed more than the older ones. Kittens 
need to be fed at least three times a day as their body grows fast and thus need more nutrition.

Kittens till the age of 4-6 months of age, need frequent feeding to maintain their health. According to Dr. Francis Kallfelz when the kittens reach adulthood, even feeding a couple of times a day is sufficient.

Older cats, at an age of seven or above, can remain healthy with a single feed in a day. However, the health and condition of your cat does play an important role in that decision.

Dry food or canned food?

This choice really depends on you, the owner. Dry food
consisting of sufficient nutrients is essential for your cat. Dry food must be enriched in animal proteins and should contain less plant proteins because of the low digestive ability among cats for the plant proteins.

Carbohydrates is another important component in your cats diet. If a cat is fed dry food most of the time, then your cat should drink a lot of water to digest that dry food. Wet food comprises of meat and approximately seventy to eighty percent water. Thus, dry food can also be given in appropriate ratio with the wet food as well. Just as in humans, their taste varies for dry and wet food. 

Is your cat sick?

Like humans, cats too can get diabetic. In such cases, 
insulin is administered through their bodies and food should be provided based on the advice of a veterinarian.

Hyperthyroidism is another disease that makes a cat keep on eating all the time. Overeating due to such condition can make a cat obese.

Thus, it is important to treat this problem and bring the cat back on
a normal diet. Older cats may notice that their teeth may go bad or they might get some gum related problems. In this case, it might become difficult for the cat to eat dry food. Such cats should be fed liquid food from cans.

What should be fed to pregnant cats?

Pregnant cats need a nutritious diet to cope up with their high 
energy. The gestation period of cats is in between two to three months. During this period, due to the limited physical space in the abdomen of the cat, pregnant cats need highly digestive food.

Such a cat should be continuously fed and even after the delivery, the body demands a nutritious diet to recover from the weakness of the pregnancy and from the weakness of breastfeeding the
kittens.

The cat must be fed properly after the delivery till the time that weaning of kittens happen.

 

What human foods can cats eat?

Although not all the human foods are appropriate for cats, 
we can share some of our food with the cats without troubling their digestive system.

According to Dr. Tina Wismer, salmon can be rich source of protein and fatty acids for the cat. Spinach is another nutritious food liked by cats. Similarly, fish oils, eggs, cantaloupe, chicken, bananas, oatmeal etc are rich sources of protein, vitamin, and carbohydrates that not only satiate their taste buds but also provide them a nutritious diet. 

Are there any guidelines that can help?

Valarie, who is a pet care advisor, explains over YouTube (video below) that there is no one answer to this question.

She says that every cat has a different lifestyle, metabolism, and activity level thus one pair of shoes can’t fit every feet in this case.

However, for an eight pound cat, one hundred and sixty to three hundred and sixty calories of intake has been suggested by different brands.

Valarie says that most of the cat foods don’t provide the number of calories in an ounce and thus it is difficult to keep a track on that unless you are willing to call the organization and ask them directly.

Whilst dry foods can be kept in a bowl from where the cat can nibble without any supervision, wet food needs to be supervised to avoid the spilling of food.


The video is very informative. Thus, it is for the owner to decide the 
cat food that suits his cat the best.


Finding the appropriate cat food might seem like an overly 
complicated affair but with a little awareness and information, it can be simplified easily.

And with a little experience, you will never know when it would turn simpler than picking up your own food (click here to see if Fancy Feast is good for your cat). At the end of the day, you will get to enjoy with your perfectly happy and stuffed cat.

Lindsey Browlingdon
 

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