How often should you feed your cat?

How often should you feed your cat?

How often should you feed your cat?

The amount and frequency of meals depend on your cat's age, health and preference.

Age Makes a Difference

Kittens require more food per pound of body weight to support their growth than do adult cats and therefore should be fed more often throughout the day. "Growing kittens up to six months of age may require three meals a day," says Francis Kallfelz, DVM, Ph.D., board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and James Law Professor Emeritus of nutrition at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. "From age six months to maturity, most cats will do well when fed two times a day."

Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate in most cases. Senior cats, age seven and above, should maintain the same feeding regimen. "Once cats reach adulthood, once a day feeding is fine as long as they are healthy and have no disease problems suggesting a reason to feed differently," says Dr. Kallfelz.

When a cat ages, his teeth may go bad, or he may develop gum disease that may make it difficult to chew dry food. "If they get to that point, then offer them canned food or dry in a finer nugget size," says Dr. Kallfelz. You can also mash up the dry and mix it with water to make it easier to chew.

Other Factors That Affect

Size:

Cats vary in size. Maine Coons, which are considered to be a larger breed of cat, will need to eat more than a smaller breed cat, such as a Siamese. Also, cats can vary in their body frame size. Smaller-framed or “petite” cats require less food than a larger-framed, or “big-boned” cat.

Activity level:

Cats that tend to lay around burn way fewer calories than a cat that gets a lot of exercises. Also, every cat has their own unique metabolic rate (the rate at which they burn calories). Some are high and others are low

Indoor versus Outdoor:

Outdoor cats tend to burn more calories than indoor cats, as they are usually more physically active.

 

Body condition:

Overweight cats need fewer calories since they are often less active.

Health status:

Certain diseases alter the type and amount of protein that should be in a cat’s food. Some illnesses affect a cat’s metabolic rates causing them to burn more calories.

Reproductive Status:

Pregnant and nursing cats have a higher caloric requirement due to the nutritional demands on their body during those times. But spayed and neutered cats need a reduction in the number of calories due to a slower metabolism from the lack of hormones.

 

Regular Feeding Times

Regular, routine feeding times allow your cat's body to be prepared for the food it will receive. It is not recommended to keep the bowl filled and allow grazing.

A break in eating habits can be a warning sign of illness. When cats eat on a regular schedule, that habit becomes strong. It is easy to see at a glance if all the food from a meal is consumed. If food is left, whether all or part of a meal, it is an important signal that something is wrong, and it is time to schedule a veterinary appointment.

Some cats really can regulate their food intake fairly well. It is still a good idea to create the expectation of mealtimes. This will help make it easier if another pet is added to your family at some point in the future. For grazers, simply measure out the entire day's portion of food in the morning and offer the bowl several times throughout the day. Choose regular times in order to create the routine we know is helpful. The important thing is to use a measured portion, either with a measuring cup or a kitchen scale, for the day.

 

Cat Bowl Options For You 

Fooddict Handmade Glass Double Cat Bowl

ELEVATED BOWL DESIGN FOR EASY FEEDING

as it allows your cat to feed and drink without having to stoop their head to low that may cause them discomfort when in the same position for a long time. Perfect for pets who are experiencing pain on their bones and body.

LESS MESS, LESS CLEANING

as it allows your pets to feed with their heads almost level to their body. This makes it convenient for them to drink or eat compared to floor level dish.

TRENDY, MODERN DESIGN

that will look great no matter where you place them inside your home. They look clean and sleek that you would want to display them.

LARGE AND SPACIOUS

so that you won’t need to keep on adding pellets or drinks when your cat wants more!

 

Doubowl Cat Kitty Bowls

DOUBLE BOWLS

Comfortable 8.5cm height, 14.5cm diameter Shallow bowls design allows your cats to get the food easily, which prevents whisker fatigue and keeps his/her face clean

BEAUTIFUL DESIGN

Inspired by the Roman Column, elegant and exclusive bowls for the cat and can blend into all kinds of home décor naturally

NO-SPILL CONSTRUCTION

Large base tray effectively intercepting cat food or water spilling, keeps feeding area clean & neat

NO SLIP NO MESS

Stable base and large non-slip pad to secure eating without the mess of tipping over. Cutting down drastically on making a mess!

EASY TO CLEAN

Bowls are removable and tray with handle, it’s easy to wash and keep clean

 

With so many great cat bowls to choose from, your cat is sure to have great mealtime every day. For more information about these great cat bowls, visit our shop now!