Can someone tell me how much to feed my cat?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

That seems like an awful lot of food.  I follow the recommendations on the side of the dry cat food bag.  My mom feeds her cat wet food as well as dry; he gets a large spoonful of wet food every morning, and a handful of dry food.  She’ll give him a bit of dry food if he whines.

My cat gets about 3/4 c. dry food a day.  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If he was that hungry, he would eat the dry food.  I would not give him any more wet food, especially if he is already 3 pounds.  Everything I’ve read always says the recommended numbers online or on the cans are way too high because they want you to buy more. 

I have two cats.  They get two scoops of dry food per day (1/3 cup scoop) and split a small can of cat food. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Westitude:  Is he holding his weight during this time that you’ve been feeding him 9 oz/day?  If so, I think your’e good.  He looks healthy and wonderful in the pic you posted, altho it’s hard to tell through all that fur if he’s overweight, from your description it doesnt’ sound like it.

 

Does your vet know what you’re feeding your cat?  If not, it may be hard for him/her to tell you what you need to be feeding.  I usually follow the guidelines on the box and adjust based on weight gain/loss after a few weeks.

 

Our 12 lb. cat (used to be 16 lbs and FAT) gets 2 and 1/3 of 3 oz. cans wt food spread over three feedings/day with greenies treats quite frequently and he is happy.  He gets meowy around food time but that’s just because he’s a butthead 😉

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@peachacid:  You have to feed more wet food than dry because it has such a high water content!  Dry food is all compressed and dehydrated!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Westitude:  If you recently switched foods he might be adjusting to the change.  We were originally feedings ours twice a day but when we adjusted to three times he was much more happy.  

 

Although at times you woud swear we were torturing him with how much he meows, that’s just his personality.  When he was 16 lbs. he was very unhealthy so we’re happy with this alternative. 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Number one it’s better to feed him more dry food than wet because wet is bad for his teeth.  Number two the guidelines on the food bags are overestimated because they want you to overfeed and buy more food.

Also, I don’t know why your vet isn’t comfortable telling you how much to feed your cat. When I asked my vet he pulled out a bottle to demonstrate how big my dog’s stomach is and then used it to show how much I should be feeding him.

Make sure to read the label and feed food with quality ingredients and where chicken or liver is listed as the first ingredient.  Do not buy foods where corn or grains are listed as the first ingredient because that is just filler.  

I would do 1/4 of a cup three times a day and add a can of wet two to three times a week.  If you have to mix to make him happy then do 1/3 cup of dry twice and day and half a can of wet once a day.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Westitude:  vets get 1 lecture on nutrition, once in their education, and it’s delivered by a pet food rep.  So, they don’t actually really know a lot, which may explain his/her reluctance to tell you how much.

So, also, don’t trust their advice on food in general – do your own research if you’re looking for high quality food.  On that note, when we started feeding our 7 year old cat Wellness brand food, within days he could jump straight up ont dining room tables, and was running up and down stairs again.  He hadn’t really done any of those things in over a year, and he continued to be able to do those things until he was over 10.  He died at 11 – was a purebred himalayan from Vancouver Island, so intensely inbred, so 11 was a very reasonable life expentency.  I highly reccomend the brand; it gave my cat a higher quality of life, right up until he was developing noticeable arthritis, which started about 10 months before he died.  First cat we ever had just die; always euthanised them due to deteriorating health before.

Anyway, probably something around 1/3 cup of dry kibble twice/day, or replacing one of those with tinned food if your cat likes it.  A fancy feast can is a serving, so, half of one of the wide flat whiskas cans is about the same as that.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Duncan:  This is untrue.  I had a semester of nutrition and it was not taught by a food rep.  Nutrition is also integrated into other subjects such as nutrient profiles in specific disease conditions.  Again, not taught by food reps. 

From that picture your cat looks a healthy weight, I wouldn’t change anything.  Every company has different calorie counts in their food so it is the calories that matter versus the size of the can.  Some companies over estimate what they recommend, plus each animal is going to have their own metabolism so go with what works.  I feed my boy cat what the company recommends for a 4-7 pound cat, and he weighs 10 pounds.  My girl cat gets the same amount of food and weighs 7 pounds.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I have a 10 lb cat and she gets 1/2cup of wet food morning and night, though she doesn’t always finish her plate. Our cat used to beg for food but after a while she gave up as we always just ignored her crying.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The amount we feed our cat is based upon the recomendation on the label of the food.  Look on the food label, it will tell you what to do based upon the weight of your cat.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@pixiecat:  It may not be true in all cases, but it is true in many.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We have 2 cats, one is 8 pounds the other is 9 pounds. We just make sure their dry bowls are full every day (they graze throughout the day) and at night we split a 6oz can between the two bowls. They eat half and save some to eat throughout the night and next morning. Vet says they’re at a great weight so we must be feeding them the right amount 🙂

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