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How much dry food should my two cats eat a day???

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have two 8 month old Siamese cats, a brother and sister.

The male has been neutered and is very fat, looks like he's pregant. The female is very lean and healthy.

They used to be free fed, now I control how much they eat and plan on feeding them seperately. The problem is I don't know how much dry food to feed them a day.

Could some one please tell me. Even just a link to a useful site would be appreciated.
post #2 of 11
it partly would depend upon what kibble you're feeding... what brand/type do you use? cats that eat the grain-free kibbles seem to eat less. i know my own eat less when it's a higher quality dry than a lower quality one...
post #3 of 11
Your cats would be much better off on wet food. The carbs in the dry is mostly responsible for the weight gain and the l;ack of moisture in ry can cause a host of other problems down the line. Cats were not meant to eat cereal. Canned foods no gravy would be best for all and they will regulate themselves on how much food they need.
The higher the quality, the less they will probably eat. The best if you can afford it contains no grains at all like rice, corn, wheat ect,
Best of luck
post #4 of 11
It does depend of the type and brand of kibble you feed. On the back label of most bags there is a suggested feeding guide. List what you use and we can help send you links.

Examples only:
Purina One Kitten http://www.purinaone.com/Products/Pr...4-8175838BA7C5

Wellness Kitten Dry:http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/feedi...ten_health.php

Taste of the Wild (all life stages) :grain free
http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com...eline_formula/

Some of the kitten formulas go by age and some of the adult or all life stages
go by weight. Let us know your brand.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by walkover View Post
I have two 8 month old Siamese cats, a brother and sister.

The male has been neutered and is very fat, looks like he's pregant. The female is very lean and healthy.

They used to be free fed, now I control how much they eat and plan on feeding them seperately. The problem is I don't know how much dry food to feed them a day.

Could some one please tell me. Even just a link to a useful site would be appreciated.
I think there are a number of answers for you in another thread running on TCS today...

Have a look here http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=173060
post #6 of 11
depends on what is being feed ... oh and the individual metabolism s ....

8lb 8 month old s on a super premium about 1/2 cup a day .... non premium 3/4 cup a day ... grocery likely a cup
post #7 of 11
If you want to understand about how and why cats can become overweight, I'd suggest you could learn about it here. It will require a little time investment to read and understand...but, that will last you a lifetime!

In any case, there are two parts of that article that really do need your understanding:
Implementing a safe weight-loss program
How fast should my cat lose weight?

Overweight cats who lose weight too quickly develop a life-threatening illness called Hepatic Lipidosis. (One member's current experience with this condition is being tracked here - that cat had stopped eating, but the same thing can happen if a cat gets too little nutrience.)
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the advice and information I've received so far. There are at least two to three links that I need to seed down and read properly.

In the mean time the brand of food I'm feeding the two siamese is Purina cat chow for all ages.
post #9 of 11
You are feeding IMHO a low end food ... it is mostly by products ( heads ft and intestines ) and corn ...

it is HIGH in Carbs and not good in digestability
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yup, after reading the link from Blaise and a few other articles, it looks like I need to switch from dry food to wet food.

That will be better for both health and weight loss.

Lucky I found this out when the cats are only 8 months old. Be kind of tragic to know after several years.
post #11 of 11
8 MONTHS should NOT diet .. HAVE you CONSULTED YOUR VET about the wt issue??? It may just be what most call a spay sway which is merely a hanging fat pocket...Have you seen a BASIC WEIGHT chart for a cat???

YES IMHO wet food is better for overall health than dry but

PS you can find a lot of quality wets at every price pt

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...=grocery+foods

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...=grocery+foods
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