Originally Posted by Nano
I free-feed, which is considered a mortal sin around these forums, but...
Since most (but not all) cats develop a schedule on their own, why enforce an arbitrary schedule which is more work for the caretaker and less natural for the cat?
I don't think free-feeding is considered a "mortal sin"
However, as I understand it from the research I've been doing lately on crystals (struvite or calcium oxalate) I would free feed a cat with a hx of calcium oxalate stones, but do frequent small meals for a cat with a hx of struvite...there is what they describe as an alkaline wave after eating...and in cats with struvite crystals, you want the urine more acidic, not more alkaline, where it is the opposite with cats that develop calcium oxalate stones.
So...sometimes, there are reasons besides what might be natural, to change your cats feeding pattern.
I would def. say it should be on an individual, cat by cat basis, and with consultation with your vet re any conditions your cat has.
You've found what works best for Nano, I don't think anyone faults you for that!!
keep in mind, first cup of coffee of the day has yet to be consumed, any errors in the above, I blame on that!