Each cat parent has to do whatever is right for him/her and his/her cats. For me and my cats, I believe it is healthier for the cats if the bowls are sometimes empty. Spotty is a big boy, not obese but a little overweight, about 14 pounds. Rosie is meant to be petite but weighs about 12 pounds, a bit much for her. I do feed frequently. Morning, 1/4 5.5 ounce can of wet food and then some dry food the cats to share, Evening another 1/4 of a 5.5 ounce can and then some dry food for both cats at about 8 pm with some freeze dried chicken treats and a CET chew. There is very little to no dry food for them to snack on during the night while I'm sleeping. I like my cats hungry when I feed them so I want their food bowls to sometimes be empty so they have time to work up an appetite. I believe that when people say their cats are finicky it's because they never get a chance to get truly hungry because the food is always available to them.