How Often Should I Feed My Cat?
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Can I feed my cat 3 times a day?
There is no quick and easy answer to how often to feed a cat or kitten, such as your cat's age and relative health, the number of cats you have, your home environment, and the type of food.
What's wrong with it. diet, everyone will play an important role in how you handle diet. For example, a home caregiver might give canned food to geriatric kittens or cats several times a day.
On the other hand, a working sole proprietorship or two-income family will depend more on dry cat food, supplemented with canned food early in the morning and late at night.
Canned feeding frequency for kittens
Kittens need about twice as many nutrients as adult cats, both for growth and energy. Obviously, their stomachs cannot handle large amounts of food. Therefore, like human babies, they first need to be fed frequently, decreasing as they grow.
It is important during this time to weigh the kittens regularly, to ensure that they are gaining steadily, but not gaining too much weight. Their hunger is usually a very good indication to determine if they are getting enough food.
As a general rule, kittens under six weeks should stay with the mother cat. If this is not possible, a kitten can be bottle-fed between four and six weeks of age.1 Alternatively, the kitten at five weeks can be gradually introduced to good canned kitten food, mixed in equal parts. of kitten formula.
"Like KMR. (Kitten Milk Substitute). Note: I do not recommend giving kittens whole milk, as many cats are allergic to it. As the kitten approaches six weeks of age, the amount of KMR can be gradually reduced, until the kitten eats canned food alone.
Note: these guidelines are for canned foods.
- At 6 weeks: Three or more small feedings, evenly spaced throughout the day.1 Be sure to weigh the kitten regularly and record its weight on a dated chart to track its development.
- 12 weeks: Increase the amount of each meal and gradually expect three meals a day.
- About 6 months: You can gradually space out meals up to twice a day.
Feeding adult cats
Unless a kitten shows excessive weight gain, it is considered an "adult" at one year of age, and for about nine years it can be fed twice daily adult "maintenance" food, with dry food supplements if necessary. necessary. , As shown below.
Dry food is more for the convenience of the caregiver than the nutritional needs of the cat.2 Cats have lived long and happy lives on an exclusive diet of dry food, and for working caregivers, adult cats can be fed canned foods. eaten in the morning and in the evening, with some dry food reserved for "grazing."
Geriatric and Special Needs Cats
Older cats and "special needs" cats with conditions that require special diets may need to feed more often. It is best with these cats to follow your veterinarian's feeding instructions, both the schedule and the type of food.
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