Cats are one of the loveliest - rather vicious and prudent at times, but let’s overlook that - creatures you could have as pets.
They can make the perfect animal companion if you build up a healthy relationship with them.
And when it comes to building a healthy relationship, feeding your cat well and looking after its needs must become your highest priority.
As a cat owner myself, I have figured out the fact that no matter how well you get along with your pet, ultimately it’s the eating habit of your cat that you need to care about the most.
So, keeping in mind the food chart of my cat, I have tried to give an insight on how much to feed an adult cat in this article.
Cats are mysterious creatures, and they can be tricky to understand. Same follows when it comes to the eating habits of various cats.
With time, I have realized that finding the right food for my cat in the right quantity is based on factors such as the type of food to be fed (whether wet or dry), the amount of calories present in the food, whether the food contains essential nutrients sufficient for an adult cat, and etc.
The nature, behavior, and the breed of a cat also act as deciding factors when preparing a healthy diet for a cat.
That said, let’s look into what kinds of food you can feed your cat and what’s the right quantity.
What to feed your cat? Wet food or dry food?
Cats generally are protein-dependent, hence cat owners should make sure to provide a protein-rich diet.
The main source of the protein includes flesh-based dry as well as wet foods such as meat, fish, eggs, etc.
Other than protein, carbohydrate is another main nutrient they require. While these nutrients can be found easily in canned foods, they aren’t always the best choice.
Of course, that mainly depends on the quality of the food you purchase. Based on my own personal experience I recommend to rather invest a little more in quality food since you may very well save those few extra bucks later on in vet costs.
Dry food is usually the cheapest, but cats that are fed only dry food are prone to diseases such as dehydration, kidney problems, feline diabetes, and obesity. On the other hand, dry food is good for their teeth since it reduces the plague.
As a general rule of thumb, it can be said that a mix of dry and wet food is by far the best option for most of our furry friends. And just in case you’re not too bad of a cook, you can even prepare some homemade food for your kitty.
According to my own observations and other expert opinions, if a cat eats only dry food, it must drink a minimum of one cup of water afterward. That balances the overall diet of a cat in the 24-hour duration.
To conclude, you should provide both wet and dry foods to your cat in a balanced way. And always try to purchase premium food over cheap canned food when it comes to providing the right meal for your cat.
Is your cat eating enough - or too little?
While essential nutrients and calories are a must for your cat, overfeeding or underfeeding should always be avoided. As prevention is always better than cure, you should start observing the eating habits of your cat.
Regular feeding times have proven to be helpful in order to keep an overview of how much you feed your cat per day.
Whether you feed your cat twice a day or more often but smaller portions instead is up to you, but especially cats with a more sensitive digestive system seem to benefit from smaller portions spread equally over the day.
How much is your cat eating overall?
As per the latest survey conducted in the US, most cats in the country are found to be lazy and overweight. Surely, as a responsible cat owner, you wouldn’t want that for your cat.
So, try to observe whether your cat is eating too much (always hungry) or eating too little. Make sure to rule out any medical conditions whenever your cat is significantly losing or gaining weight within a short time, even if she seems to fine otherwise.
Regarding the amount of food your cat requires per day, check the instructions and recommendations on the back. In case you want your cat to lose or gain weight, slowly adapt the portions accordingly.
Don’t put your cat on a radical diet, rather decrease the amount of food step by step and stretched over several weeks or even months.
How much does your cat exercise?
When it comes to the topic of how much to feed an adult cat, exercise plays an important role, too.
Cats that regularly exercise burn calories pretty quickly, hence they need a higher protein and nutrient supply than the average, non-exercising cat.
How many calories are in your cat food?
The calorie requirements of a kitten change when it grows into an adult. An average adult domestic cat (roughly 10 pounds) needs 200-300 calories per day, 240 being the most appropriate amount.
Try to observe your cat’s eating habits, activity level and a general state of health and provide the right amount of food accordingly. You can consult a vet for this purpose.
Why is the right food important?
The right food is important for your cat’s overall health. I have always tried my best to prepare a balanced food chart for my cat (who also happens to exercise to some extent), and it’s helping her in a positive way.
If you don’t provide your cat with the right food, it would be prone to certain health issues such as diabetes, dehydration, overweight, kidney problems, etc.
While over-eating would lead to overweight and obesity, eating less would lead to a weakened immune system, poor resistance to diseases, and weak physical health. Investing in quality food is absolutely worth it.
The most common mistake: Feeding too much
It’s of no wonder that you love your cat, no matter how aloof and judgmental they can be. In fact, we all love our pets. But that doesn’t mean it’s right to feed them excessively out of pure love.
Once you start feeding your cat excessively, it will get used to it and always get hungry and consequentially become overweight in no time. That’s what I have always avoided doing, and I would encourage you all to do the same.
Overweight cats are prone to more health issues than active cats with healthy body weight. Especially indoor cats tend to be overweight, which might result in costly medical treatments becoming necessary further down the road.
How much to feed her entirely depends on the individual cat.
While the article aims to guide you on what you should do and which precautions you should take, ultimately, the breed, nature, age, state of health and eating habits of your cat should be taken into account in order to find the right diet for your furry friend.