Portion Feeding

Portion Feeding Plans

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We recommend feeding more canned food than dry, or all canned food if possible. This helps your cat retain much needed moisture. We do not recommend fishy foods unless they are the only canned foods your cat will eat. Many cats become more finicky about eating as they get older and we like to encourage owners to save the fishy smelly foods for this time. 

Feed 3 small meals per day - this seems to be the ideal frequency for most cats to avoid having food leftover. Meals should be at least 1 hour apart (morning, afternoon, evening OR morning, evening, night). A convenient way to feed two cats is to use a 1/3 cup measure and divide it evenly between two bowls. Put food down for 2-5 minutes. When cats are finished eating, put away the remaining food. Do not feed more than the allowed portion at any feeding (don’t add the leftovers to the next feeding).

**Larger or more active cats may need to eat more than recommended below. Please consult with our doctors about the caloric needs of your cat as these are just guidelines**

Choose one of the following plans:

**Wet Food Only**:

1/3 of a 6 ounce can three times a day.

Dry & Wet Food:

Feed 1/3 of a 6 ounce can of wet food OR 1/2 of a 3.5 ounce can twice a day and 1/6 to 1/4 cup of dry food once a day.

Dry & Wet Food:

Feed 1/6 cup of dry food twice a day and 1/3 of a 6 ounce can of wet food once a day OR 1/2 of a 3.5 ounce can of wet food.

Dry Food Only:

Feed 1/6 cup of dry food three times a day.

Raw or Homemade Foods:

Feed 1/4 - 1/3 cup three times a day.

Note:  If you have to go away for a vacation, please consider having someone come in twice daily to portion feed your cat(s). They can gain an unbelievable amount of weight in a very short time if fed free choice.


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