Is this the first time you are going to have a pet at home? The question may arise in your mind how much you should feed a cat. Even if you have a cat at home for years, sometimes you might have thought whether the food you used to give your pet is little or too much. Now let us have a look what all things have to be considered while feeding a cat.
The Basics of Feeding your Cat
Each breed of cat differs from each other. They vary with age, gender, genes, metabolic rate, health and exercise level. Every cat comes from a different gene pool and will be having a different metabolism. If you have more than one cat, you can find out the difference.
One may sleep more while the other remains active always. So, the way you should feed your cat also differs. How much you should feed your cat depends on the cat’s age, weight and whether you are going to feed wet or dry food. The feeding level differs when your cat is pregnant or nursing.
It also depends on the brand of food items you are giving your cat every time. Quality food will contain more nutrient than a low-quality food, and thus you will be required to give the only smaller portion of dry food to the cat as it delivers the same amount of nutrition. If you are giving your cat too much of dry food supplementing with canned food once in a day, then you must encourage your pet to drink water or more milk per day to compensate the pet diet.
Understand the Food Labels and Feeding Portions
On the back side of the food bag, the label has been given the recommended amount of food items to be given to your cat. There are cat owners, who use to give less amount of food to their pet than from recommended level because their cat is obese, but many have complained even if they give their pet less food; it is not decreasing the weight. The only possible way to find out how much you should feed your cat is by trial.
Measure the food carefully and write the feeding portion daily. If your cat is obese, you may decrease the portion slowly on a daily basis. Once you find out the correct portion of food to be given to your pet, note it down and continue providing the same portion to your pet for maintaining the weight.
When and What to Feed your Cat?
When you are planning to bring a new cat to your home, you must ensure that you maintain the same type and portion of food already been given earlier and then slowly change to your food schedule.
Cats are always sensitive to change, and a new cat will be dealing with new environment stress so you should maintain a consistent food schedule to keep their intestine work as usual. When you are changing the pet’s food habit according to your schedule, determine what kind of food you are going to give them and note down the calorie count also.
Many pet owners have the doubt what food should be given to their cat. A healthy diet for growth up cat includes flesh-based protein like fish or poultry. You should give carbohydrates not more than 10 percent of the food ingredients. Dry foods remain low in plant protein and high in animal protein which can be a little unhealthy for them.
Calculations about Feeding your Cat
According to veterinary doctors, a healthy 8-pound adult cat needs to be fed 240 calories per day. Dry food items contain 300 calories per cup, and the canned cat food contains 250 calories in every 6 ounces can. According to this count guide, an 8-pound cat would need to feed 4/5 cup of dry food items, or you may give less than a 6 ounce can of wet food item per day.
You can give the proportion depending on what your pet prefer eating less or more, dry or wet food. Portioning the food will prevent your cat from overeating.
Is your pet eating enough?
How often you should feed your pet depends on what food you are giving her. Most of them prefer feeding their pet morning and night. To find out whether your cat is eating enough; you should keep on modifying her diet to accommodate changing dietary needs.
If they have worms, they will have a higher risk of intestinal infection, which will affect the quantity of food they consume. So always clean the litter box to prevent worms in cats.
It is difficult to force an obese cat to diet so adjust her food proportions accordingly from the beginning itself to prevent her from becoming obese. It will keep you and your cat happier.