Proper nutrition of cats means not only the reception of high-quality, varied and useful food by Pets. The state of health of the gastrointestinal tract of a pet and its entire body as a whole largely depends on the diet, that is, on the time and frequency of the number of feedings per day. In this article, we will figure out how many times a day to feed cats correctly.
How many times a day to feed an adult cat
Some owners believe that it is necessary to feed a cat or cat at their first request, it is only necessary for the pet or pet to look plaintively into the owner’s eyes and meow long. But uncontrolled meals can lead to serious problems: weight gain, heart problems, respiratory disorders, constipation, and other unpleasant consequences.
The diet for a cat is just as important as for a person, so you should not go on about a beggar pet. An overabundance of food in the form of increased portions or treats from the table (a piece of sausage, half a cutlet) is harmful to the health of the animal. In addition, constant feeding spoils Pets, making them a kind of manipulators (wanted a snack-meowed or climbed on the table-the owner gave something delicious).
How many times a day to feed a cat or cat, so that the animal’s body works like clockwork? It is believed that twice is the optimal frequency of meals per day for adult cats. Feed adult cats and cats preferably in the morning and evening hours, namely immediately or about half an hour after waking up and a couple of hours before bedtime. At the same time, there is no difference whether to feed the cat dry food, wet or even prepared by the hands of a caring owner.
It is two meals a day that allows the animal’s digestive tract to work most effectively and correctly. Too frequent and plentiful meals or a single feeding per day are harmful to the animal’s digestion. But note that there are exceptions to the rules when an adult cat should be fed not twice a day, but more often. So, from 3 to 6 times a day, you may need to feed patients (usually with gastrointestinal diseases in the acute stage), pregnant and nursing cats.
How many times a day to feed a kitten
Kittens need more frequent meals in comparison with adults. So, a newborn kitten, which is not more than 3 days old, should be given a substitute for cat’s milk from a pipette every 2 hours. Moreover, without taking a break even at night. Although usually mothers-cats themselves feed their babies, there are special situations when this is not possible (as a result, for example, the death of the female immediately after birth).
Kittens up to 2 months are fed every 5-6 hours, gradually introducing into the diet adult food in crushed form (meat, porridge, vegetables, dairy products). By 4-5 months, the baby can be transferred to three meals a day (morning, afternoon and evening). And after 8-10 months, the kitten can be fed twice a day, although some owners choose three meals a day for Pets up to a year.
What to do if the cat constantly asks for food
So, you need to feed an adult cat with good health twice a day. But what if between morning and evening meals purr literally goes mad with hunger: screams, does not give passage to family members, steals food from the table? The owner should think about this:
- What is the calorific value of the food that the cat consumes? The more calories in the feed, the more satisfying it is. Cheap purchased food is low in calories, and therefore an hour or two after feeding the animal can again beg for food. Conclusion: it is best to feed the animal with premium and extra-premium food. Everything is a little more complicated with a natural menu, because the owner has to count calories in this case independently. In order for the animal not to starve, meat should be present in its daily diet-the basis of the diet of every small domestic predator;
- Is the portion size sufficient? It happens that the animal simply remains in constant hunger, if the food in the bowl is always too little. On average, an adult cat of medium size needs to eat about 10-15 g of dry food, 60 g of wet industrial and about 75 g of natural food per 1 kg of weight per day. But again, the caloric content of the product is important. The higher the energy value of the food, the smaller the portion will be. Conclusion: it is important to correctly calculate the volume of each portion of food to be put in the cat’s bowl. By the way, you can find out that the animal is malnourished by these signs: bones bulge quite strongly, the sides of the cat look sunken, the fat layer is too sparse (it is highly desirable to show the emaciated pet to a doctor so that a specialist can help correct its menu);
- Is the increased appetite caused by some disease? So, for example, constantly hungry animals can be diabetics, Pets under stress, cats suffering from hypovitaminosis. It is important to promptly respond to any alarming symptoms that may be associated with a sense of hunger (thirst, anxiety, poor condition of the coat and skin, upset stools, etc.). Conclusion: constant hunger, along with other symptoms in the animal should be a reason to consult a doctor;
- Does the pet require food from boredom or lack of communication? Some animals beg for food or make approaches to a bowl of food literally from doing nothing. Conclusion: you can distract the animal from eating with the help of joint games with the owner. In the Arsenal of the cat should be a variety of toys with which the mustachioed creature can brighten up your leisure time.
How many times a day to feed a sterilized cat or a neutered cat
Especially irrepressible appetite are famous Pets after castration and sterilization. They not only constantly beg for food, but also catastrophically quickly gain weight, which leads to obesity. But you need to feed a sterilized cat or a neutered cat twice a day, no more often than other adult animals that have not undergone surgery to remove their reproductive organs.
Feed an adult cat after sterilization or castrated cat can be low-calorie special dry or wet food (for example, Hills Sterilized cat or Royal Canin Regular Sterilized). Another option is to choose a natural menu, which will include low-fat meats, offal twice a week, cereals, fruits and vegetables. Any fish and fatty meat, as well as fried, smoked or spicy food from the table can not be given to animals who have undergone castration or sterilization (and even those who have not passed this procedure).