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How much to feed maine coon

post #1 of 6
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My maine coon kitten Toby is 5-6 months old now and heeats HUGE amounts. I know they generally eat more than a normal cat anyway, and particularly while growing, but I don't know where to draw the line at enough food and too much, since it's a bad thing for these cats to get overweight.
He has two pouches of kitten food a day, aswell as cat milk and some biscuits during the day yet he seems as if he would eat forever if I let him. My other kitten, your run of the mill moggy, eats half the amount Toby does.
How much should a growing Maine Coon be getting each day and am I feeding him enough? Too much?
post #2 of 6
Even though Maine Coon owners/breeders might be able to give you some clue as to how much to feed, all cats are individuals. So your best bet is to go by how he's looking. You should be able to feel his ribs when you run your hands over his sides, but they shouldn't stick out or be visible. When you can feel them easily, he's perfect. If you have to dig in to find the ribs, feed a bit less and keep on checking.

My Maine Coon female eats about twice as much as my DSH, both fully grown. She has two heaping cups of kibble a day, while the DSH has barely one.
post #3 of 6
Our Maine Coon Male Free feeds on dry food all day, and gets wet food at night. If you're going to free feed then you have to make sure that he gets LOT'S of exercise to build muscle tone etc. It also depends on what kind of food you're feeding. Alot of the cheaper brands tend to "run" right through them were as the better quality foods stay with them longer, they get from it and they don't eat as much. Hope that helps!

Im also going to move this to the health and nutrition forum. You'll likely to get more info.
post #4 of 6
Our Cindy cat is a real chubbs butterball and I began restricting her food intake. She, too, would feast on a portion of canned food and then her dry food all day and as I observed her, she would eat much more dry food than Lucy. Lucy, by contrast, is sleek and as fast as lightning. So, this is sad, but our vet recommended putting Cindy on an adult maintenance or adult lite diet and she's just about a year old! Now I give them a portion of canned food in the morning followed by some dry food in a dish, but I take the food away during naptime and when they go in for the night. No more all you can eat around here!

Our vet said that cat food is loaded with calories (kitten food is probably worse). After thinking about cheaper brands of cat food, the Friskies canned food has probably less calories because it is composed of more water and if you know anything about diet programs, they often advise you to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
post #5 of 6
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He's on whiskers kitten food right now and the breeder told me that because they develop so slowly, it's best to keep them on kitten for for up to 3 years, as opposed to a regular kitten who only typically has it for a year. He isn't fat.....yet. But he is a HUGE kitten. At only 6 months old he looks every inch an adult cat to the untrained eye.
He is indoor/outdoor and once he gets outside he bursts into action (when he's indoors though he does tend to laze about)so he's likely to remain an active cat as he gets older. Im not too worried about him now but at least I know to be extra vigilant with his weight.
post #6 of 6

My husband is in the pet food business.  Always try to buy the holistic food.  It's based on the 1st ingredient which is always a protein.  The cheaper brands use fillers as well as by-products which you 'really' don't want in your pet.  And, when using by-products you are feeding them bone, water, organs that are NOT good for them.  It's actually cheaper to buy the correct food as it stays with them much longer, allows for the right amount of stool, and eliminates such things as skin disorders and other problems that can result in having to see a vet.  Happy cat, Happy owner!!

 

My best  to you and your pet (s).

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