Cats can be incredibly demanding when it comes to their food. Depending on how vocal your cat is, their pleading cries to be fed can be very misleading. My cat, Duke, meows like it’s going out of fashion.
If you were to feed your feline friend every time he or she asked for it they’d soon be overweight and unhealthy. This piece discusses amounts and timings of feeding for adult cats, so bear in mind it’s very different if they’re still a kitten.
Most cats reach adult maturity at the age of one, and for the following ten years they should be fed twice daily, normally in the morning and the evening. These times are typically most convenient for owners that work during the day, as many of us do. Often dry food is left out for the cat to nibble on throughout the day while you’re away, but if your furry little pet is anything like mine, they’ll just wolf this down immediately and leave nothing to graze on for the rest of the day. This isn’t a massive issue as they’ll usually be fine, but they may meow the house down when you return from work.
If you frequently work longs days then a timed cat feeder is a worthwhile investment. These little trays with lids can be programmed to open at specific times; great to feed your cat some biscuits at lunch without you needing to actually be there.
The amount of wet or dry food you give your cat is very much relevant to how big they are. Duke is of average stature and we find that when using the foil packets, one a day is enough. Half in the morning and half in the evening, with a small mound of a dry biscuits for lunch. He always asks for more but you’ve got to be cruel to be kind. If you’re in doubt then ask your local vet for advice about what amount of food is healthy for your particular weight of cat.
Zac Colbert is an animal lover who has a passion for writing, he covers everything from pet fairs and the new Symply dog food to endangered species and dog training.