Many cat owners, including myself, are always contemplating the simple but important question of how often they should feed their cats. I feed Sammy wet food in the morning and leave out dry food all day long. That seems to work for him. I always think a combination of the two, wet and dry food, is the best for your cat.
If you have adopted a cat, which I always encourage, it's important to continue to feed your new feline friend the same amount of the same food on the same schedule that's he or she is used to. You can then slowly transition your kittens or cat to work with your food and life schedule. Remember that cats are very sensitive to change, and a new cat will be dealing with a lot of new-environment stress, so keeping the food and schedule consistent will ease his or her transition.
When you're ready to transition your cat over to your own food and schedule, you'll need to determine what kind of food you'll be feeding her, wet or dry (or a combination of the two) and determine how much of which kind to feed her.
I would eat all day long but my mom controls my diet!
Cat Food Ingredients
The foundation of a healthy cat diet is first and foremost protein like meat, fish, or poultry. Dry food should be high in animal proteins, and low in plant proteins (which cats are ill-equipped to digest). Carbohydrates should make up no more than ten percent of the mix of cat food ingredients. Wet foods should consist predominantly of meat with as few by-products and fillers as possible.
Typically, a ten pound cat will need one cup of dry food a day and just under a full 6-oz can of wet food per day. You can adjust the proportions based on whether your cat prefers more or less dry or wet food. I only give Sammy 3 ounces of wet food per day and let him eat dry food all day long.
If you're free feeding dry food, try to measure out each day's allotment of food into your dry food bowl. This decreases the amount of food that gets stale and needs to be discarded. It will also help you monitor how much your cats are eating.
Most cat owners feed their cats morning and night, and may or may not supplement those feedings with free feeding of dry food throughout the day. It really depends on your own schedule so you can keep consistent with the food.
Throughout your cat's life, you will need to modify his or her diet to accommodate changing metabolism and dietary needs. Feel your cat's backbone and ribs. If the ribs and backbone show through her skin, she is too thin. If you can't feel your cat’s ribs, your cat is likely overweight. Then, adjust your cat’s portions accordingly.
It is really important that your cat does not become too fat as it is bad for his or her health. As I mentioned, each cat is different and always ask your veterinarian for recommendations if you are confused as to what is the best diet for your feline friend.
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