How Much Should I Feed My Cat?

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“How much should I feed my cat” is probably one of the first questions when you become a first-time cat owner and take your cat home. This question would be lifelong, as the different stages of cat call for different requirements, the same for human beings.

Both skinniness and obesity lead to health issues. Therefore, it is necessary for you to master the scientific feeding method.

 

Feline Obesity

With the improvement of living standards, obesity has become a common health problem. More and more people are suffering from related diseases, such as hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

The same thing is coming to cats. There is a tendency that a lot of cat owners feed their cats too much because they love a chunky cat that looks cute and cuddly.

There is no doubt that it’s selfish to do so. You will ruin your cat’s health and leave it in pain.

The reality has shown that approximately half of the domestic cats are overweight: 5 to 10 percent of cats today are considered “overweight” and 40 percent are already obese.

Obesity prevents your cat from exercising and reduces his or her quality of life. If your cat is obese, the risk of developing osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, diabetes mellitus, or cardiovascular disease is greatly increased.

The best way to show your love for your cat is to learn more about scientific feeding and managing his or her weight to help your cat live a happy and healthy life.

 

How Often Should You Feed Your Cat?

This is no standard answer because every cat is unique and their habits are different. Some cats like to eat food all day and others prefer to eat at fixed times. It doesn’t matter how many meals your cat eats per day. Make sure that your cat gets adequate calories that can cover his or her daily energy expenditure.

Cats have a similar stomach structure to humans. When your cat eats its fill, it takes a few hours to completely digest, usually 8 to 10 hours. After that, the stomach will send the “hungry” signal to the brain. That’s why at least two meals per day are suggested.

If you forget to feed your cat, what he or she feels is just like when you skip a meal. The stomach will produce extra acid, which may cause vomit. Believe me, you don’t want to see this happen to your “friend”.

 

How Much Should You Feed Your Cat?

The same as the previous question, there is no one-size-fits-all for cat feeding. Several factors should be taken into consideration when it comes to cat feeding and your feeding amount could vary to 50 percent above or below the amount listed on the cat food bag.

  • Size: Cats vary in size. Obviously, the big one requires more than the small one.
  • Exercise Level: Cats who enjoy jumping up and down tend to burn more calories than those who lie up.
  • Body Condition: Obese cats don’t need as much food as normal cats because they are less active.
  • Health Status: Certain diseases may affect your cat’s metabolic rate. Just follow your veterinarian’s advice.
  • Reproductive Status: If your cat becomes pregnant or nursing, you should feed him or her more to meet its nutritional needs.
  • In addition, you’d better check your cat’s weight every two weeks and adjust your diet plan.

     

    Use the Right Tool to Feed Your Cat

    Having learned how much to feed your cat, you still face a delicate issue: how to feed your cat with the right amount. Don’t worry, Lionpapa automatic cat feeder is designed to help you with this problem.

    Lionpapa best timed automatic cat food feeders support both automatic and manual modes. You can set the scheduled time and food portions to achieve automatic feeding. The amount of each meal is under your control. Even if you are traveling on vacation, the automatic cat food dispenser can also work fine.

    Besides, we offer you two food-grade removable bowls for easy disassembly and cleaning.

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