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Canned food only - how much/how often to feed

post #1 of 10
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Hope is on an all wet diet, unfortunately - yes, unfortunately for my unemployed pocket, and for the inconvenience when traveling, etc...

Anyways- When she got here she was emaciated, so I was feeding her a little more, in addition of kitten food... She is now on regular adult food, and has reached her optimum weight of 9.8lbs.

  • She is currently eating 3 meals, and I want to bring her down to 2 - can I just skip lunch? How do we do that?
  • Her can of food says 1 can/day per 8 lbs, she weighs 9.6... I often see people here saying that the feeding instructions in the can are exaggerated, so can I just feed her 1 can?
Thanks!!
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anyone?????....................
post #3 of 10
I have contemplated this before as well. Just my opinion, not based on anything but my cats.

What I did with the amount to feed was to observe how much was eaten at a meal, consider body build (too thick/skinny) and how active/inactive a lifestyle. Adjust the amount up or down according to what is left on the plate and if any weight needed to be lost, I adjust down.

I have one cat that has a much higher metabolism than the others. He is long, tall and thin yet very athletic. He will eat more than my "sit on the side lines" tiny cat.

I also think how much they eat may vary slightly between different brands and proteins. When I give them canned chicken they will not eat as much as when they get turkey/salmon.

To stop the mid-day meal, you might just "forget" to feed one time and see how they react and how hungry they are at the evening meal.

Sorry, that sounds confusing. I just watch and adjust per cat's needs.
post #4 of 10
Not sure I can be much help - if she isn't the "piggie" type to over-eat & make herself sick - I would feed her 2 meals a day, each meal however much she can eat. I've never fed wet only & while yes, feeding guidelines can be exaggerated, I imagine you're worrying about not feeding her enough (that would be my biggest concern).
post #5 of 10
You can ususually adjust down ... ie many cats do fine on 1/2 ounce per lb thus a nearly 10 lb cat getting 5 ounces a day...

One of my boys eat 90% wet and gets about 7 ounces a day and weighs in at over 13lbs
post #6 of 10
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Not sure I can be much help - if she isn't the "piggie" type to over-eat & make herself sick - I would feed her 2 meals a day, each meal however much she can eat. I've never fed wet only & while yes, feeding guidelines can be exaggerated, I imagine you're worrying about not feeding her enough (that would be my biggest concern).
Yes, this is my fear...

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You can usually adjust down ... ie many cats do fine on 1/2 ounce per lb thus a nearly 10 lb cat getting 5 ounces a day...

One of my boys eat 90% wet and gets about 7 ounces a day and weighs in at over 13lbs
ok... good... so, on regular food, I will feed her one 6oz can a day... I will start to reduce the lunch meal and increase the breakfast and dinner portions to get her used to 2 meals a day.
On ziwipeak, I will feed her 3oz a day, which is the recommended amount for an 8 lb cat (equivalent to 6 oz regular food) and hope she won't kill me lol)!

Thanks guys!
post #7 of 10
Just curious, Carolina...how much will Hope eat in one sitting?

My kitty only eats 1.5 oz at a time, and I wind up feeding her 4 times a day, plus I give her a little dry food for extra calories. Like you, I would like to reduce her meals to 2-3 a day, but I don't see how I could do so without starving her or increasing the dry food.

I'd advise you to make sure that Hope will eat 3 oz at a time first...
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Originally Posted by MissKalamata View Post
Just curious, Carolina...how much will Hope eat in one sitting?

My kitty only eats 1.5 oz at a time, and I wind up feeding her 4 times a day, plus I give her a little dry food for extra calories. Like you, I would like to reduce her meals to 2-3 a day, but I don't see how I could do so without starving her or increasing the dry food.

I'd advise you to make sure that Hope will eat 3 oz at a time first...
Oh, she will eat 3oz at a time... lol no worries... If she doesn't eat the whole thing at once, which is rare, she will go back soon enough to finish it up.
post #9 of 10
See, that was my concern as I started trying to go to a mostly wet diet - my will only seem to eat, individually, about 1.5 - 2 ounces wet per sitting, and I'm not home to feed mid-day. I've been leaving 1/4 cup kibble (per cat) out just in case....mine seem to enjoy grazing, especially the girl, and since she's on the 'perfect' weight side, I don't want her to get too skinny.

On the other hand, neither of them are sitting on my head in the morning meowing more than usual for breakfast.
post #10 of 10
I've always found feeding guidelines to be out of whack for my two, so recently I started looking at it by calories instead - make sure they're getting enough calories in a day, instead of worrying as much about the recommended guidelines. So far it seems to be going really well, both eat but no one is ravenous (Freya's a bit neurotic about tuna flavour, but that's it.) and they're botha a healthy weight.
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