After noticing recently that little Ben is getting a small belly going, I cannot put it off any longer. I must stop free feeding. I wanted to for so long, but with my Callie girl not interested in food and being so underweight...it was a struggle. But since she's gone to the Bridge, I have 2 big guys here that will only benefit from the switch.
Ben is 2, and about 12 pounds. Kizmet is 11 years old, and close to 18 pounds. :-O It will be hard, cause they are big eaters, but I promise to be strong. My concern is how much to feed them, and the intervals. I'm gone from 8am to 7pm daily. I know they can go that long without food, but should they? I read about leaving frozen food out to thaw as the day goes on, but roaches have been sighted in the building, so I'm a little unsure about that. (I keep the dry food in the bedroom, and we've had no issues. But my guys are messy wet eaters, and I'm not feeding wet in my bedroom! Plus, it doesn't smell all that great!)
anyway, until I can afford to buy one of those timed bowls, I have no idea how often they should be fed, and HOW MUCH! This is so confusing. Of course I don't want them to lose weight too quickly. I swear I had a printout of the caloric values of canned foods, but I can't find it! Maybe I was dreaming!
My boys LOVE wet food, so I'm lucky there. But they are very attached to their dry food bowl. They camp next to it when they can see the bottom of the bowl. Also, Kizmet tends to eat more than Ben. Ben will just walk away and lose interest. Will that change eventually when hunger is a motivator? Or does anyone still have that issue with their kids?
Any tips/tricks/guidance would be helpful!