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post #31 of 52
Lately, Oreo usually disappears during the daylight hours [when it is the hottest times of the day] and comes back towards dinner time. Around that time, I re-fill her bowl and give her about 2/3-1 cup of dried food. I don't often feed her wet food, only on special occassions. She loves it when I mix rice with it!
post #32 of 52
I free feed dry food, because Meeko has anxiety issues about food (if he doesn't have constant access to food, he becomes nervous and anxious and upset, and spends all day and night pacing and wailing, and then when he does get fed, gorges himself and promptly throws it up) - free feeding resolves these issues, so I have no choice (I prefer free feeding anyway, though). We don't do wet food because a) it is insanely expensive - around $2.50 for a 5.5 oz. can, so if I were to feed canned food exclusively according to the instructions (feed one ounce per pound of body weight), it would cost me around $825/month - even half wet/half dry would cost me around $412 - and there's just no way that's feasible and b) Phineas and Henry hate it and refuse to eat it, anyway.
post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by Juniper
I free feed dry food, because Meeko has anxiety issues about food (if he doesn't have constant access to food, he becomes nervous and anxious and upset, and spends all day and night pacing and wailing, and then when he does get fed, gorges himself and promptly throws it up) - free feeding resolves these issues, so I have no choice (I prefer free feeding anyway, though). We don't do wet food because a) it is insanely expensive - around $2.50 for a 5.5 oz. can, so if I were to feed canned food exclusively according to the instructions (feed one ounce per pound of body weight), it would cost me around $825/month - even half wet/half dry would cost me around $412 - and there's just no way that's feasible and b) Phineas and Henry hate it and refuse to eat it, anyway.

Samwise is the same way, if there isn't any food down he freaks out. I think it has to do with the fact when he was a kitten he was dumped. Who knows how long the little guy went without food. He was terrible skinny when I brought him home. Thankfully my cousin found him and gave him to me, so now he's spoiled rotten.

I free feed dry so they have access to that 24/7. I also feed wet every day or every couple of days in the evening. Sometimes they get tired of it and won't eat it. I refuse to feed them wet in the morning because they get me up early enough as it is.

As far as cost, I buy the big bag of Innova Adult for $36 every month or so and spend about $10 -$20 bucks a months on wet. Sometimes that last longer than a month sometime less depending on whether they go through a no I'm not gonna eat wet food phase. So about $50-60 a month. They eat better than I do. And they get a treat of cook hamburger whenever I have spaghetti or anything that calls for ground beef. They also get cooked chicken occasionally and the juice off the canned chicken.

And when we visit my parent's Samwise will eat whatever kind of food is down that week for Bubbles my parent's cat. She has kidney disease so tempting her with food is important because she goes through phases where she won't eat at all.

I thought about going raw and even tried to transition over but Gandalf would have no part of it. He's my picky eater. I might try again later but for now I think I'll stick to what I know they'll eat.
post #34 of 52
I used to free feed Limerick, but now that there is another cat in the house, he has to be scheduled.
post #35 of 52
I free feed dry
post #36 of 52
Mine get fed morning and night, so it's a schedule. But there isnt' really a fixed meal time, since my schedule is so varied. They get fed sometime after I get up, and usually while I'm making dinner (to keep them out of the way!)
post #37 of 52
My kitties are on scheduled feeding because they are both overweight. If I did open feeding, they'd eat a whole days worth of food in one sitting! So I divide the amount they should have in a day, in half, and they get fed morning and evening. Fresh water available all the time, though.

Amber
post #38 of 52
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Originally Posted by ElecMoHwk
What do you guys spend on food per month? For how many cats? How old are they?
I bought a 20 lb bag of Nutro Complete Care the 3rd week of July, and it's maybe a third of the way gone. Regular price on that was $27, but I had a $10 rebate!
I also have 3 dogs, two big and one little, and spend maybe $35 a month on Nutro Natural Choice for them.
I don't give the cats canned food at all, they don't like it. I give the dogs a couple spoonfuls from time to time, especially if one's not feeling well and doesn't have much appetite.

Amber
post #39 of 52
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe
Yikes! that's a lot!! mine costs less then that and I have 5 cats. I feed them meat only!
I was wondering if you can briefly tell me what you feed them. I have two 5 month old babies and I am afraid to give them raw right now. I was thinking of starting them off when they turn 1. For now I do a mix of cooked meat (chicken, turkey and beef) with organs (heart, giblets) and veggies. I like your idea to first cook the food less and then switch to raw. I was wondering how long you're doing the raw? If you give them any veggies? What meat? How often do you feed them? Thank you .
post #40 of 52
Scheduled meals.
post #41 of 52
I feed my 7 babies open all day!!!
post #42 of 52
Open. My growing kitten wouldn't have it any other way!
post #43 of 52
I voted scheduled, but like many others here, we do both. Clinton can free feed his measured amount of dry food, Innova EVO. But we schedule AM and PM wet food, either Natural Balance ocean fish or Solid Gold blended tuna.
post #44 of 52
Sophie gets canned food twice daily, once in the morning and again in the evening. She free feeds on her dry throughout the day.

Percy is fed morning and early evening, due to the other little critters out there who would gobble his food up if I left it out there. (birds, raccoons, possums, you name it)
post #45 of 52
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Originally Posted by Hell603
I personally feed dry 24/7 and 1/2 a 3oz can in the AM and in the PM which works perfectly for my Loki!
That's what I do, too.

I split a can every morning and evening between my two darlings, and they have dry food out all of the time.
post #46 of 52
PB eats 3 times a day-- 3 ounce cans/pouches

One can for breakfast,
one for lunch,
and one for supper
although last nite he wanted another can so he had 4 yesterday--

Hes 5 months old now and our only cat for now--

My feral i started feeding this week is still living in the "wild" Shes been chowing down on 2 5 ounce cans every morning and 1 5 ounce can at nite--

shes about the same size as PB and i THINK shes about the same age-- not sure on that--
post #47 of 52
actually, i do both. they have kibble available all the time, & get to share a can of wet every night. Pixel doesn't care for wet food, so it's mostly Cable & Java who eat that. occasionally Pixel will eat some, if it's a flavor she likes.
post #48 of 52
Well, they can basically eat whenever they want, as I have an "auto feeder" for dry food so they can eat whenever. Every once in a while, I give them a little canned cat food.
post #49 of 52
We're open also...but I'm currently cutting them back. I can't do the timed feeding with the cats because Patches will freak (really...if she sees the food bowls are missing she'll fall over on the floor, show her belly and keep meowing until they're back).

but long story short, we use bowls that hold about 2 cups. BF used to have me feeding them WELL over the top, 4 bowls & 3 cats. Since Luna is still young I'm trying to prevent her from getting fat and also somewhat cutting down the other two. So now I'm doing 3/4 -1 cup dry and 1/2 can of wet in each bowl. They aren't complaining!
post #50 of 52
I really just feed dry free-choice to the boys. Been there done that in my youth with cats wanting you up NOW! to feed them, and not wanting to go through that in my "old age" !
post #51 of 52
Scheduled feeding here.
post #52 of 52
Dexter & Sadie are free fed dry & have "breadfast & dinner wet."
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