How Much Should I Feed My Cat? - The Conscious Cat

Every two weeks or so, reassess your and adjust how much food you offer accordingly. Once you have found the amount that maintains your cat’s ideal body condition (i.e., not too thin, not too fat), you can use monthly weigh-ins in addition to body condition scoring to make small adjustments to how much you are offering to keep her right where she needs to be.

Question: How much food do I have to feed to meet an adult cat's daily requirements?

Leave the dry food down for 20 minutes, and then remove any uneaten portion. Repeat in 8-12 hours depending on if you are feeding 2 or 3 times per day. During the first few days of transitioning to a set schedule, you can offer canned food during the dry food meals, or in-between meals. The stubborn ones, however, will not touch it. Do not despair – all cats will eventually eat canned food if their caregiver is determined, methodical, and patient enough. Once your cat is on a schedule you will notice that he is more enthusiastic about food during his proper mealtimes and will be much more inclined to try something new.

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Age alone doesn’t change a cat’s appetite or how much food he eats, but lifestyle does have a big impact. When determining how much you should be feeding your cat once transitioned to canned food, keep it simple. Too fat? Feed less. Too thin? Feed more.

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However, note that high protein/low fat/low carb foods like Weruva Paw Lickin’ Chicken and some Tiki Cat varieties are very low in calories (see the chart – far right column) so you will need to feed much more than 5-6 ounces which can get quite expensive.

How Much To Feed Your Cat | Ask The Cat Doctor


Figuring out how much to feed will take some trial and error. Our labels state feed 1 oz per pound of body weight, but this is just a … well, a guideline. We do not believe in counting calories for cats as there really is no correct caloric amount. Unlike dogs, cats that are eating the right foods are good at self regulating their food intakeHow Much To Feed Your Cat is the subject of many cat health questions I receive both in my practice and online. It's actually a very important question and it doesn't matter which of the cat food brands you feed your cat. The answer is not as simple as you may think.