question for wet food only cats

Alma (& Josh) Van DorpeAlma (& Josh) Van Dorpe ChicagoMember Posts: 49
edited 30 July, 2007 in Food & Nutrition
How much and how often are you eating? We\'ve finally made the switch over to canned food only. We love it, but mom\'s having a tough time with feeding times. Right now she\'s feeding us 2 oz. each twice a day. So 4 oz. all together. But I\'m STILL HUNGRY. I think mom\'s getting tired of me biting her toes and fingers all the time (which I do when I\'m trying to tell her it\'s feeding time).

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  • kirsty pengellykirsty pengelly LondonMember Posts: 852
    edited 25 July, 2007
    have you checked the packaging to see if it has a reccommed amount?
  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
    edited 25 July, 2007
    It's about calories, not how many oz you get fed. A moderately active cat should get about 30 kcals/pound of cat/day. An 18# cat (as it says on your page) should get about 540 kcals/day to maintain body weight. If you are not active then you will benefit from getting less calories (between 400-450 per day). If you need to lose weight then you need to get guidelines form your vet on how many calories/day you should consume. (Diets need to be taken really slowly in cats). Your cans should tell you how many kcals/can they contain. If this info is not on the can, then you need to contact the manufacturer for this information (some post it on their websites, others require a phone call). Once yo know how many calories/can or per oz., then you can determine how many cans of food you need per day. All canned food is not created equally.... I get 2/5 cup of dry food per day and one 5.5 oz can of food (split into 2 feedings) per day. This gives me the 380 calories a day I need (and I'm on a diet!).
  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 25 July, 2007
    I get half a 5oz can for breakfast and dinner. For snacks, I get about half a 3oz can. I eat a mid-morning snack/lunch, one a few hours after dinner, and a midnight/very early morning snack. Felines do best with multiple small meals throughout the day. Having just two meals leaves us too hungry. I agree with what Hunter said about calories. If calorie content isn\'t listed on the can, you can use this handy food chart: canned food chart
  • Alma (& Josh) Van DorpeAlma (& Josh) Van Dorpe ChicagoMember Posts: 49
    edited 25 July, 2007
    Thanks Hunter & Merlin for your help. You two are always such a big help on these forums. :D
  • Stephanie ChangtuStephanie Changtu Miami Fl,Member Posts: 883
    edited 30 July, 2007
    Since It\'s four of you you have o eata 13.0 oz cana day and you will be fine the three of us eat two big cans a day Me Banana Split and Cookies n cream
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