Originally Posted by samson's momma
well her former owner said she loved to eat and he was right!! she sits, grooms a little [I don't think she can reach 'that' area] does a little trot, and she can be quick about it when she wants, but mostly just eats, and eats...
I don't want her to get bigger, but the uti purina pro plan says to keep it out so they can free feed, so I do. She is darling, but I want to to be around for a long time, she is only 2.5 years old.
Like the others said, it's hard to tell if she's at the right weight from the pic, but she is adorable!
I do understand the theory behind the instructions on the Purina bag, however I don't agree with them. One - the "experts" on feline urinary issues are on completely different sides of the fence on the free feeding vs. meal feeding issue. Some say that a constant minimal food intake (free style) maintains a proper urine pH and some say that 2 or 3 meals per day maintains a proper pH. I'll spare the further details on that for now, but my point is that the "experts" can't come to agreement on that issue. Personally, I used to free feed but I've come to appreciate the benefits of meal feeding.
The second reason I don't agree w/those Purina feeding instructions is that depending on the cat, free feeding can lead to obesity, which is very bad for urinary tract health. Some cats do self regulate their intake, so I'm not totally against free feeding but in those cases where they don't self regulate, I would suggest meal format, with a measured amount.
And finally, I don't really like Purina. There are some higher quality foods that don't cost an arm and a leg...I would suggest asking your vet if your cat has any special dietary needs (such as a urinary tract formula type food) ...and then research your options from there.