Originally Posted by mschauer
That's only 5 oz a day per cat?? Mcat feeds about as much it seems but the cans all say about the same thing, 12 oz a day for a 10 lb cat. Is this too much? It seems like a lot to me but then it is mostly water...
Yes, 5oz/day. During the winter, they were eating another ounce or two per day (each). It does depend somewhat on the food. Most of what mine get is fairly high calorie. The recommendations on the cans vary quite a bit and I think a lot of them are recommending way too much. But it really depends on the cat as well as the food.
Wellness, Avoderm, and Natural Balance all recommend 1 5.5-6oz can per 6-8lb cat or some say "average", whatever that means
. By Nature recommends 6oz per 8-10lb cat. Those recommendations seem pretty reasonable to me.
Leopold gets about 5oz, he's 11.5lbs, 9yrs old, fairly low activity level. I offer him leftovers that the others leave sometimes too. Sometimes he wants them, sometimes not.
Pumpkin and Pixel are young (1yr) and active, they're 8lbs each and eat the same amts as Leopold.
Paisley is 11lbs, but should weigh about the same as her sisters (8lbs), she gets the same amt (5oz).
Precious is 7lbs, but should weigh more, so she gets as much as she wants (usually about 8oz/day). She's the same age as Pumpkin, Pix, and Paisley.
Momma is 4yrs old, moderate activity level. She gets offered as much as the others but doesn't eat as much. Usually 4oz/day. She's 7.5lbs.
I used to offer them more and I really freaked out when I first started them on wet only, as they would not eat nearly as much as they were "supposed" to. Eventually, I fine tuned it to offer them what they could finish, and monitored their weights...when I saw that they maintained well, I calmed down.