As a cat parent, you want to ensure that your feline family member lives her absolute best life. The foundation of a healthy life is a healthy diet. It’s important to make sure that you are offering your kitty a high-quality, well-balanced cat food that is comprised of highly nutritious ingredients.
After you’ve read through all the ingredients and weighed all the options (there are tons of different types of cat food on the market, so it really is crucial that you take the time to analyze the ingredients), you’re confident that you’ve selected a high-quality cat food. You might think the tricky part is done, but now you have to figure out how much of that food you should offer your feline friend.
To many a cat parent, feeding seems like a pretty simple task; just set some out in a bowl and let your kitty eat. It’s actually a little more complicate than that. Why? – Because you have to determine how much food you should be putting in your cat’s bowl. Just like humans, portion size is important for cats. Feed your cat too much food and she can gain excessive weight, which poses a number of health problems; however, if you aren’t feeding your cat enough, she may suffer from weight loss, which also has serious health risks.
So, how much food should you be feeding your feline friend? Read on to find out.
It’s important to note that every cat is different, and as such, each cat has different needs when it comes to the amount of food that they eat. That said, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when determining the ideal amount for your specific kitty. These factors include:[/vc_column_text]
- Lifestyle (indoor or outdoor cat, or both)
- Energy level
- If she’s pregnant or nursing kittens
- The type of food you are offering; wet food, dry food, or both
- The nutritional content of the food
Younger cats, outdoor cats, and cats that have higher energy levels usually require more food than older, indoor, or sedentary cats. The same is true for pregnant and nursing cats. Felines that are active, pregnant or nursing, or who are young need more food to give them the energy they need to thrive; if you aren’t feeding them enough, they can end up being underweight. Older cats, indoor cats, and cats that spend more time lying in the sun than running around and playing need less food because they exert less energy; feed them too much and they can become overweight or obese.
Trying to determine how much food you should be offering your cat can be tricky. To ensure you are offering the right amount, it’s best to speak to your veterinarian. Your vet will take all of the above-mentioned factors into consideration and assess the overall health of your feline companion and make recommendations based on her specific needs.
A General Guideline
So, with all that said, here’s a general guideline for how much food you should be feeding your cat. For wet food, vets and animal nutritionists recommend feeding 3 ounces per every 3 pounds of body weight on a daily basis. That means that if your cat is 9 pounds, she should eat around 9 ounces of wet food a day. If you’re also feeding your cat dry kibble, that amount will need to be adjusted, however, as she will need less wet food.
If you’re only offering your cat dry kibble, it’s usually considered safe to leave it out all day; for example, you can fill it up in the morning and let your cat have access to it all day. Cats are incredible adept to their own needs, and your furry friend will come to her bowl and nibble when she needs to eat. However, do note that if you are strictly offering dry kibble, you will need to ensure that there is always plenty of fresh water available, as wet food provides virtually no moisture; therefore, if your cat isn’t drinking enough water, she could suffer from dehydration.
So, to sum it up, when in doubt, talk to your vet. He or she will offer the best insight in regard to how much food you should be feeding your feline family member.
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