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How many meals per day for your cat?

post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
I'm sure this has come up before, but I'm curious.

How many times per day do you feed your cat?

If you want to elaborate with some details, please do!
post #2 of 42
Reilly & Sydney have access to dry chow at all times and recieve 2 wet meals per day.
post #3 of 42
2 a day. If I forget or am running late in the morning I'll double it at night.
post #4 of 42
Mine have unlimited dry all day and 3 wet meals a day. Only because Im trying to encourage a wet diet, but I have 2 cats that are telling me, "no way" on the wet food.
post #5 of 42
Well 6 cats and different eating habits but there is always dry out somewhere in the house, I got 2 bowls of dry in my room, my mom has the same in her room, and there is a big plate on thebreakfeast knook thingy and then we feed wet food to Stormie and Bella 2 times a day (my kitties and well Bella has some weight issues ) and Blue eats 3 times a day of wet food, and tessa if she wants any she is more just dry food, and Willie eats 2-3 times a day (we gotta get his weight back) and midnight eats 1-2 times a day and like i said dry is always out !!
post #6 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
Mine have unlimited dry all day and 3 wet meals a day. Only because Im trying to encourage a wet diet, but I have 2 cats that are telling me, "no way" on the wet food.
This is sort of like what I have going on...part of my motivation for the poll
post #7 of 42
I give sugar and spice 2 helpings of food a day, each helping being a 1/2 cup of food, and leave it out till it is finished. They usually just sanck throughout the day. I usually give them a fresh bowl in the morning then sometime in the evening. Between them, they eat on average a cup of food a day. And the water, they have 3 bowls out all the time, freshened up twice daily.
post #8 of 42
Ours have unlimited dry all the time and 2 wet meals a day.
post #9 of 42
I usually do 2 meals, morning & evening of dry food sometimes I will split a can of wet food for them if they start going crazy at a weird hour when i'm home which lately is always
post #10 of 42
I keep dry out all the time and they get one evening meal of wet. Although considering the results so far, maybe I should start giving them an additional wet meal in the morning...
post #11 of 42
Pretty much the same here: dry food stays out all the time, and we give them canned food morning and evening... and Pounce treats whenever Clydie or Sassy (our treat lovers) request them... and a little cheddar cheese whenever they threaten my sandwich...

~ sigh ~

They run the house. I just live here.
post #12 of 42
Free feed. (my cats are outdoor/indoor cats.... that should make a difference in the diet...)

It's always dry food. They've never had wet food, ever, or they'd start snubbing their dry food.

(cept for that one time Pippin had a diarrhea problem and needed that special food... that was wet...)
post #13 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
They run the house. I just live here.
My sentiments exactly .

Thanks for all the input! Keep it coming!
post #14 of 42
I can't leave dry out all the time, my cat bentley is the biggest piggy. he would eat & eat if i let him. he's 15 lbs on a controlled diet. he grabbed a plastic wrap from a steak once and we had to chase him all the way around the place with him growling at us. he has serious food rage sometimes
post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by ladycat View Post
I can't leave dry out all the time, my cat bentley is the biggest piggy. he would eat & eat if i let him. he's 15 lbs on a controlled diet. he grabbed a plastic wrap from a steak once and we had to chase him all the way around the place with him growling at us. he has serious food rage sometimes
OMG, I really can picture this and can't stop laughing
post #16 of 42
I feed Evo canned 2 times a day and leave a little dry out all the time. I worry about Jake not eating enough. And none of my cats are overweight so they must do ok with it!
post #17 of 42
My kits get unlimited dry food, and one wet meal a day in the morning - Thinking of phasing out the wet though, cause they don't really seem to eat it that much and I was recommended by a vet that a dry diet was better than wet.
post #18 of 42
Wally was 100% dry, free-fed until very recently. I'm now trying to incorporate some wet food. So, I measure out the dry food (a smaller amount than he used to eat), which he still nibbles throughout the day. I then give canned in the evenings- just a small amount, as we're doing this slowly.
post #19 of 42
Twitch & Lily have unlimited dry & wet 2 meals 2x a day.

Dorian & Ophelia have unlimited dry & wet 1x a day.

Molly has unlimited dry.

Damita gets her yummy mixture or raw/canned in 4-6 meals a day.
post #20 of 42
One eats dry free feed about 1 cup a day .. plus whatever raw and canned I can get her to eat
one eats about 6-10 meals a day of raw canned or homemade

the dog eats 2-5 meals per day raw canned homemade and has some dry out for snacks
post #21 of 42
Odo gets two meals per day, both canned. He gets the first one shortly after I wake up, and the second one when I get home from work.

Willow is free-fed dry food on the top of my dresser where Odo can't get to it. She also munches on his canned food a bit, and sometimes I give her a small amount of that as well (if I gave her more, it would just go to waste).
post #22 of 42
All of my kitties get two meals of wet food per day. They also get a snack of dry just before bedtime. The all wet diet is recent. I've been using it to hide Clavamox for Stumper and based on the research I've done wet is better for diabetic cats. Eric is being evaluated for possible diabetes so I want to anything possible to help his blood glucose level

I stopped free feeding dry when Eric went on C/D six years ago. Now he is off C/D due to possible diabetes (blood test Wednesday) but Kolohe is overweight and would nibble dry all day if it was available.
post #23 of 42
Our girls get fed from the automatic dispenser twice a day, but it generally lasts them through to the next meal, so it's the equivalent of being free fed. They also get a bit of wet at night time.
post #24 of 42
3 meals a day here. Jaffa has 3 meals of wet and Mosi has 2 wet (one with a bit of dry sprinkled on top) and 1 of dry. But he'll be on all wet soon.

They get fed at about 7am, 5pm and 11pm. At the moment they're actually having 4 meals as supper has been put back (Jaffa has a vomiting problem if he goes too long without food and was struggling to last from supper til breakfast) but they still expect something at their old supper time so are currently having a small snack of dry at about 9pm then their proper supper at about 11pm. I intend to get rid of that and have supper at about 10-10.30 pm instead.
post #25 of 42
We have 3 scheduled meals. 2 wet (or raw), 1 dry. I would love to be able to leave food out (Stanley is a grazer), but Bella has to lick every bowl clean and she vomits if she eats too much too fast.

The dry does move slower than the wet. My husband puts out 1/3 cup for each when he leaves for work and 7 hours later when I come home there's usually a few pieces of dry in each dish. Stan is such a dry food addict, I have to sprinkle 2-3 pieces of kibble on the wet food to get his nose in the bowl.
post #26 of 42
Radar gets two wet meals and a limited supply of dry food whilst Sonic gets one wet meal and a limited amount of dry. Sonic is still not quite used to wet whilst Radar is generally just a pig
post #27 of 42
Free feed dry food and 2 small wet food meals a day
post #28 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mzjazz2u View Post
I feed Evo canned 2 times a day and leave a little dry out all the time. I worry about Jake not eating enough. And none of my cats are overweight so they must do ok with it!
This is basically what I have done for quite awhile, and I have a little heart patient (Precious) that I worry about (slightly underweight). They always gobbled up the canned so I've been trying to offset some of the dry with more canned. So far no weight problems - except for Sir Leopold. I thought the dry didn't agree with him much (he doesn't have very many teeth) and he would vomit too much for my taste. So since I've upped the wet (6 weeks ago) he has gained 3/4 of a pound!! I guess I can attribute part of that to the lack of vomiting, but wow...so I'm trying to reevaluate things a bit. Everyone else has maintained their weight...well 4 of them are still growing kittens...but no problems with the other 3 adults so far.

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Originally Posted by jane_vernon View Post
My kits get unlimited dry food, and one wet meal a day in the morning - Thinking of phasing out the wet though, cause they don't really seem to eat it that much and I was recommended by a vet that a dry diet was better than wet.
The various opinions on that (from vets) is maddening, isn't it!!

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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Twitch & Lily have unlimited dry & wet 2 meals 2x a day.

Dorian & Ophelia have unlimited dry & wet 1x a day.

Molly has unlimited dry.

Damita gets her yummy mixture or raw/canned in 4-6 meals a day.
Maybe I should have made the poll multiple choice for multiple cats. That's quite a schedule you have there!

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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
One eats dry free feed about 1 cup a day .. plus whatever raw and canned I can get her to eat
one eats about 6-10 meals a day of raw canned or homemade

the dog eats 2-5 meals per day raw canned homemade and has some dry out for snacks
I think 6-10 tiny meals is probably what Leopold wants. The problem is isolating him without creating mutiny!!
post #29 of 42
i put out a measured amount of dry food 2x a day. they can nibble on that. until it's gone. they don't always eat it all. some days they barely touch kibble and only want wet.

they get 3 wet meals a day. one before work, one after work, and one in the evening.
post #30 of 42
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade View Post
Willow is free-fed dry food on the top of my dresser where Odo can't get to it. She also munches on his canned food a bit, and sometimes I give her a small amount of that as well (if I gave her more, it would just go to waste).
That's a thought (the high feeding place). Leopold is still getting into the dry, not much, but enough. He doesn't seem to like it but he nibbles on it when he thinks he is desperate. The washer and dryer are about 4.5 feet tall. Leopold definitely can't make that jump, but I think all the kittens can. I'd have to make sure the skinny one can, though. I worry about her getting enough.

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Originally Posted by Jean44 View Post
All of my kitties get two meals of wet food per day. They also get a snack of dry just before bedtime. The all wet diet is recent. I've been using it to hide Clavamox for Stumper and based on the research I've done wet is better for diabetic cats. Eric is being evaluated for possible diabetes so I want to anything possible to help his blood glucose level

I stopped free feeding dry when Eric went on C/D six years ago. Now he is off C/D due to possible diabetes (blood test Wednesday) but Kolohe is overweight and would nibble dry all day if it was available.
I'm trying to lean on the wet more. If you don't mind me asking, how many cans (ounces) of wet are you going through per day? Your fur family is almost the same size as mine...so I'm curious.
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