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10-12hrs Without FOOD???

post #1 of 7
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Due to an excessive eater in our cat family we’ve had to resort to a feeding schedule. Our original plan was to feed them at 7:00am, 1:00pm and 7:00pm. My concern is the last feeding. If they take an hour or so to clean their bowls this leaves them without food for 10-12hrs. I’m not sure this length of time is acceptable. And supplying food through the overnight hours defeats the purpose of a schedule because our over eater will have access to this food.

Advice, Suggestions, Guidance is certainly welcome.
post #2 of 7
I feed mine twice a day at 6A and 6P.
post #3 of 7
Mine generally eat that far apart.

post #4 of 7
Our shelter cats are fed at 9am and 5pm

Or you could try measuring their food and just giving them that and leaving it out longer. Mine are freefed their 1/2 cup a day and even if the bowl is empty they dont get more until feeding time
post #5 of 7
Mine are fed at roughly 4am, 2pm and 8pm during the week. Many people just do twice a day.
post #6 of 7
How old are your cats? If they're kittens, they need to eat more often. If they're adults, they should be fine. Why are you putting the last feeding at 7:00 PM? Could you move it back to 8:30 or 9:00? I put out a measured amount of dry food just before I go to bed. Of course, I can't tell how much each cat it eating, but it seems to be working well so far.
post #7 of 7
If they are all adult cats, they would be fine with 2 daily meals.

Ours eat in the morning between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., then in the evening between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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