How much should you feed your cat?
There are a few things to take into account when calculating how much food to feed your cat. Don’t worry though, we’re here to provide all the advice you need so you can keep your furry friend in tip-top shape and feline fine.
What’s so important about the amount of food your cat eats?
Getting your cat’s diet right is really important for maintaining their overall health and wellbeing! Feeding them too much or too little can cause health problems such as joint and musculoskeletal problems, diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
Read our recommendations below to get your portion sizes spot on so your puss can maintain their purrfect weight.
Remember, when it comes to food, it’s not just about the quantity – the quality is important too! Us humans need a balanced, nourishing diet and guess what? Our feline friends are no different! A high quality cat food will help them to remain happy, healthy and full of beans (not literally though, imagine the guffs!).
What can influence the amount of food your cat needs?
When figuring out your cat’s ideal portion size, you’ll need to consider the following:
Their ideal healthy weight
Maintaining your cat at a healthy weight is super important for keeping them fit and healthy.
If they’re a playful fluffball of a kitten, their food requirements will be different to an ageing puss in their twilight years.
Your cat might require a special diet if they have medical problems or food sensitivities.
If your kitty is always out on the prowl, they’ll be burning off more energy in their day than a cat who is a slave to the sofa.
If your cat’s pregnant (first of all congrats!) she’ll need more calories and key nutrients to support her growing litter.
Type of food
Not all kibble is created equal. Make sure you choose a high quality cat food like our very own Clean Bowls range that’s made with the same nutritious, responsibly sourced ingredients you’d find in your very own kitchen.
Recommended portion sizes for adult cats
Portion sizes for adult cats vary from product to product and are based on calorie content and ingredients. We’d recommend following the guidance for your specific food. You’ll find a feeding chart on the reverse of your cat’s food packaging. Remember though, this is just a guide. Every magnificent feline is unique, so you may still have to tweak the amount you’re feeding them. Any questions around this should be directed towards your vet – they’ll be happy to help you keep your puss in tip-top shape!
Recommended portion sizes for kittens
Kitten food is specially formulated to contain all the good stuff to help them grow into strong, healthy adult cats. As a new kitten parent, you’ll want to feel confident you’re giving them all the nutrients they need, in the right quantities. Check out the guide on the back of your bag of kitten food so you know for sure you’re not overfeeding or underfeeding them.
Purr-leased pusses all-round!
What about cat treats?
Who doesn’t love a treat? These are absolutely fine for your kitty to enjoy, but remember to compensate for treats by reducing your cat’s daily meals.
Basically, treats and chews should make up less than 10 percent of your cat’s overall diet. If you go over this and don’t adjust their other food accordingly, it will start to show in your kitty’s waistline…
How often should you feed your cat?
Vets recommend that most cats should be fed twice each day – once in the morning and once in the evening. Kittens will need to eat at more frequent intervals. As us cat parent know, our feline friends love routine – so it’s a good idea to try and stick to a regular feeding schedule!
If in doubt, check in with your vet!
If you ever have any questions around the right amount to feed your cat, it’s never a bad idea to check in with your vet! They’ll point you in the right direction, give advice on how to switch cat food – say if they’re transitioning from kitten to adult pet food – and help with any special dietary needs.