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am i feeding my cats enough?

post #1 of 14
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I been having this problem with my cats trying to eat my food. I eat salad, they will try, and get some. I basically eat anything, they want it. So, recently i was wondering if i was feeding them enough, because then they wont come after my food, if they werent hungry.
Sol weighs 6.5 lbs, and Luna 6.2 lbs, and i give them three cans in a day in total, ( the can says one per 2.1 pounds, so i basically am giving them three because that makes 6.3 pounds)
They also have royal cannin dry food 24.7 , and evos dry food 24.7 ( luna likes royal, and sol likes evo)

they have plenty of water as well, because they have the water fountain for cats.
Am i feeding them enough?
post #2 of 14
You are feeding your cats enough.

Your cats want what's on your plate purely because you are eating it. Beauty does that - if I'm eating anything she wants she'll come rubbing round me and sniffing the food on my plate.
post #3 of 14
Popsie gets plenty of food and he still wants mine. Cats know what we're eating tastes better so they want that.
post #4 of 14
Cats will go after human food even if they aren't really hungry. Some are so silly they will eat things they normally wouldn't (like salad) just because your eating it. They can act like they are completely starving when they just finished munching on their own food. The only time mine don't beg is after stuffing themselves with a bunch of canned food until they can't eat anymore. My sister's cats will still beg even if they've been given more canned food than they can comfortably fit in their stomachs. They'll leave their food behind to come beg for food when I'm just eating a cookie.
post #5 of 14
How old are the cats? Are they maintaining their weight? If they are maintaining their weight and they aren't still kittens in the growth process, then they are getting enough food.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade View Post
How old are the cats? Are they maintaining their weight? If they are maintaining their weight and they aren't still kittens in the growth process, then they are getting enough food.
my cats are now 9 month and 2 weeks to be precise.
they are growing, and gaining weight, the last time i took them to the vet they were 6 lbs, and healthy. I am going next week to the vet ( i got every three weeks - month with them). I dont know how much more they have to grow, or when they stop growing.

ok, thank you all for the clear up, because i was stating to wonder if they had enough.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Unicacat View Post
my cats are now 9 month and 2 weeks to be precise.
they are growing, and gaining weight, the last time i took them to the vet they were 6 lbs, and healthy. I am going next week to the vet ( i got every three weeks - month with them). I dont know how much more they have to grow, or when they stop growing.

ok, thank you all for the clear up, because i was stating to wonder if they had enough.
2WEEKS????? that kitty if orphaned should only be haveing formula
post #8 of 14
My cats can have food in front of them and still want what I have to eat.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
2WEEKS????? that kitty if orphaned should only be haveing formula
I think Unicacat meant that the cats are 9 1/2 months old.
post #10 of 14
When in doubt, assess their body condition. Too fat, feed less/exercise more/ Too skinny, feed more.

http://www.purina.com/cats/health/BodyCondition.aspx
post #11 of 14
I hate that chart thingy... my cats never seem to fit on there anywhere....
I would say at 9&1/2 months and 6lbs they are doing good. So they each get three cans a day?? That would be plenty for even the fattest of cats! They just like your food!
post #12 of 14
With the chart, how do you tell with long-haired? I can;t see osmo's ribs at all with all his hair covering it?
post #13 of 14
Well now I'm beginning to wonder if I'm feeding enough to my two cats. One is 10#, 2 yrs. and the other 15#, 18 months. They share a 5 oz can in the AM and a 3oz can in the evening. However there is always dry food available on a free feed basis. My 15# is somewhat fat but thats because she doesn't exercise. The 10# weighted 7# a year ago. Based on this I really think they are getting enough food. Also they don't beg for my food.I would like to get them to lose some weight but not to the point that I would make them go hungry. It sounds as if your cats are doing fine.
post #14 of 14
You're feeding them enough, don't worry. My Billy acts like he's starving all the time even though there's always food out for them, its just the way cats are.


And I usually go for feeling the ribs, rather than trying to look at them, since I have medium/long hairs. If you can just feel the ribs, you're probably okay. Feel them too well, and your cat could maybe stand to gain a little wait, and if you don't feel them at all, its probably time for a kitty diet!
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