The amount of food and the frequency of feeding is important in keeping your cat in good health. This is why it is essential to discipline cats at an early age by establishing a normal and proper feeding habit.
Overfeeding is one of the main problems in raising cats and it is the main culprit of obesity. It is easier for cats nowadays to become overweight because they are being raised to be more domesticated, spoiled, and inactive, compared to cats in the wild who have to hunt for their food.
How often, and how much
Generally, you should feed your cat only twice a day. The amount of food intake would depend on your cat’s weight. The measure of calories need per day should range between 25 to 35 calories per pound of weight, but it is still best to consult a veterinarian for further evaluation of their nutritional needs. If your cat bothers you for food during the wee hours, use an automatic feeder to feed your cat earlier than usual or before the time they would usually wake you. Slowly adjust it to a later time every day until you reach the target time of feeding.
What happens when you overfeed?
Anything that’s too much is not good. Just like in humans, many health problems arise when a cat is overfed. A cat could develop arthritis, liver problems, become obese, or diabetic. Overfeeding can also result in laziness and inactivity. A cat who lacks exercise would burn lesser calories and that will prevent them from participating in normal cat activities such as hunting and playing, resulting in more weight gain.
Water makes up 70% of a cat’s body weight. However, unlike dogs, cats don’t willingly drink water because they are less sensitive to thirst. This is why they are more prone to urinary tract infections and other bladder problems. You may have to encourage them to drink water by putting their drinking bowl near their favorite spot. Also, keep in mind that some cats may detect even the slightest hint of chlorine in water, in which case you would need to provide them with bottled water.
Regulating food and water intake is crucial in keeping a cat in good shape and to ensure the longevity of their life. Remember to feed them on time with the amount of food proportional to their weight, and make sure that they are getting a balanced meal.
It would also be helpful to encourage daily activities for your cat. Play with them and stimulate their senses by giving them toys that move and mimic their prey. Being active will alleviate their boredom and indifference, and it will also help keep their body well-exercised.