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How Much Should I Feed My Cat? The best Way to Feed My Cat

Updated by Amy Granger on Jun 9, 2021

We make many mistakes when it comes to eating. We switch between overeating sugar and salt, sometimes too little sugar and salt, and then back to too much sugar and salt. Wouldn't it be surprising to find out that cat owners do not feed their cats as they should? No, it wouldn't be. The unfortunate thing is that cats cannot tell us point blank that a meal is too much for them, and we are left with guessing what amount to feed them.

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There are a plethora of cat food options available. Loved cat owners must choose from a variety of flavors, as well as wet and dry options, among other factors.

If you're wondering whether wet or dry cat food is better, the answer is that both are excellent options. Simply ensure that the food you choose is 100% complete and balanced for your cat's age and stage of life. While some cats and cat owners prefer one to the other, feeding your cat both may be the best option.

Cats are neophiliacs or animals who enjoy trying new things. They may become bored if they eat the same food, in the same way, every day. Combining wet and dry cat food for a meal or feeding them separately is an excellent way to provide your cat with the variety she wants and requires.

Just like humans, many factors dictate how much food intake a cat requires to live healthily. From age, size, activity level to the health condition and more, let us consider some of the major factors affecting and determining how much food your cat needs.


Due to the fast and rapid growth a kitten undergoes, it will need so much energy and nutrient to match. If your cat is still a baby (under six months), it will need frequent and constant supplements of kitten foods to sustain its growth and development. But if your cat is already an adult, around the age of ten months, this is the perfect time to switch their food from kitten food to adult food. At this stage, there's little or difference between the food for an adult cat in her prime and a senior cat.

Body Condition and Health

If your cat is prone to overweight, then it does not require much calories in addition to the one it already has—just like humans. However, if your cat, on the other hand, is not prone to overweight, it will need a little more calorie, meaning a little more food than the latter. Some health issues can either cause your cat to gain more weight or lose weight. In any case, always endeavor to consult your veterinarian for expert medical advice before taking any further step.

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Some large cat breeds like the Maine Coons need to consume more food to maintain their weight and live healthily. On the other hand, smaller breeds require less calories to function, consequently, less food to live healthily. Apart from that, some individual cats can naturally eat more or less than usual irrespective of their breeds.

Reproductive Status

A cat that is not pregnant will require significantly less food to survive. After all, it doesn't have any kittens in her belly to feed. This means that when your cat is spayed, it will consume lesser food. This is very much unlike a pregnant cat. A pregnant cat should always enjoy unlimited access to food for its benefits and the benefits of the kittens in her stomach. Pregnancy makes a lot of nutritional demands, and these demands must be ideally met.

Activity Level and Metabolic Rate

If a cat stays indoors every second of the day without getting a little a no form of exercise, it will obviously require less food because it literally burns few calories. Compare that to a restless cat that's always busy with one work or the other and gets routine exercises. Also, metabolic rates in cats may naturally differ from cats to cats due to different physiological builds.

All these factors and more affect how much you need to feed your cat.

If your cat has clocked six months or beyond, you can go ahead and feed it two times a day. It will do just fine. Two meals per day still suffice for cats around one year of age. But once your cat reaches adulthood, you should cut the frequency of how you feed your cat. One meal per day is okay for an adult cat. All these suggestions hold water, provided your cat does not have any health issues that may dictate otherwise. And there are many other things that may require you to feed your cat differently; other things like the size of your cat, how fast it is growing, its metabolic rate, activity level, etc. If you are not sure, do not forget to consult your veterinarian for expert advice on how often you need to feed your cat.

Bonus Tips: iPetor Automatic Pet Feeder

An automatic timed feeder, like the iPetor Automatic Cat Feeder, which you can preload with multiple, measured meals, is an excellent way to provide your cat with just the right amount of food, separated into small meals.

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Benefits of using the iPetor Automatic Pet Feeder

• Easy Monitoring & Control & Humanized Design: with the LCD screen, you can easily set the time, meals, and portions with your voice to let your pet know it's time to eat. It is very convenient and straightforward to use.

• Keeps dry kibbles fresh in the food tank with the desiccant bag so that your pet can have delicious and fresh food at every meal.

• Suitable for cats and small to medium dogs.

How to use iPetor Automatic Pet Feeder

  • Always use the original 5V power supply.
  • Change the batteries every six months if not in use for a long time.
  • Please remember to change the desiccant box every two weeks.
  • Fill in dry pet food only.

Q1. What do cats naturally eat?

Cats are obligate or genuine carnivores, which means they must consume animal protein in order to thrive. Cats in the wild devour raw meat, bones, and organs from the carcasses of the prey animals they hunt. They also eat a tiny percentage of the vegetable stuff found in their prey's intestines.

Q2. Can cats eat tuna?

Cats are attracted to tuna, to put it plainly. They enjoy the fish's pungent odor and flavor, and a spoonful of tuna has been found to help the medicine go down smoothly.

However, though tuna that is intended for humans is not on the list of poisonous foods for cats, it can create health problems in cats. While a single mouthful may not be harmful, removing tuna from their bowl completely is advisable. You want to be on the safe side.

Q3. What is the best homemade food for cats?

The best homemade food for cats includes mackerel, sardine, trout dinner, salmon dinner, chicken dinner, beef dinner, chicken and tuna dinner, cat salad, etc.


You now have a broad notion of how much food to feed a cat, but bear in mind that each cat's requirements might differ by up to 50% from the norm. To figure out how much your cat should eat, keep an eye on its weight and bodily health. If you have any queries or concerns, go to your veterinarian.

Amy Granger
Amy is an editor from iPetor, owns a 4-year experience in writing tips and tutorial for users. As a pet owner, she will share more pets care methods and recommend more useful products for all pet owners.
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