Sometimes it can be confusing to know whether or not you are feeding your cat the right amount it needs. Here are some things to consider that may help you choose what is best for your cat’s diet.
There are many factors to consider when determining the amount your cat should be fed. Age and stage of life have a major impact on nutritional needs. A kitten has extremely different needs than a senior cat. Their weight and activity levels also heavily affect the healthy amount of food they need. Indoor cats may also need less food than outdoor cats, as their activity levels are significantly less.
How much should my cat eat?
When determining how much your cat should be fed, it is best to follow the label on the food packaging as a starting base and adjust as needed if your cat has specific needs as directed by a vet. Dry food differs from wet food when considering calories, so remember that when you are making your portion decisions. Below is a simple food chart from Purina.com.
How often should my cat eat?
Like the portion size, most feeding schedules are recommended on food packaging, and is a great starting point for a daily amount. Dry food is simpler, as you can just measure the needed amount for the day and leave it out, allowing your cat to graze throughout the day. When serving wet food, make sure that it only sits out for half an hour at most, otherwise it will spoil. If your cat has any specific health or dietary needs, consult your vet to create a more in depth feeding plan.
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