How many times should a cat eat a day?

The correct feeding of cats is essential for their excellent health. Knowing it, those of us who live with cats tend to be worried about what kind of food to offer and how often.

While there are many types of diet, surely the most frequent is to feed them with cat feed. As we explained in another article, if the feed is your leading food, it would be convenient also to offer you wet food.

But the question that may arise is: how often to offer food to the pussycat?

Meal frequency

Preserving its hunting instinct and as a predatory animal, the cat prefers to eat several times a day. And, if there is no behavioral or health problem, it is normal for the pussy to self-regulate in the amount needed to ingest.

Now, many times, it is not possible to offer much food, and not all cats have the same routine and behavior. So the exciting thing is to observe each cat and see what their specific needs are and how they behave.

As experts from Cornell University College of Medicine say, “although the food you offer to your cat is complete and balanced, the simple question of how often to offer it does not have a simple answer.”

A natural feed for cats of good quality will make feeding better and ingesting what is necessary for fewer quantities. But are all cats the same? The answer is no, although there are general aspects that we can take into account.

Cat age

One of the most important factors is the stage of life in which the pussycat is.

When the cat is very baby (approximately until 4-8 weeks) it is considered to be a lactating animal, so it will not be offered feed or similar.

After the kitten is weaned and has gradually introduced another type of food, the pussy needs to eat several times a day. As it is of growing age, the frequency of food is usually between 3 to 5 times a day, until the cat is about six months. Possibly you start offering five daily servings and then it decreases, as long as we see that the cat is healthy and active.

When the cat is about six months old, the frequency can be a couple of times a day, and when he is an adult (1-year-old), food can be offered once a day. This is also maintained when the cat is already senior.

The healthy cat regulates itself

Since the cat is an adult, it is normal that if he is healthy, he does not have any pathology and does not have a behavioral problem (for example, that he eats compulsively), one can practice what is said ad libitum feeding.

This feeding at will is based on the adult cat eating the amount of food he needs, neither more nor less, and he eats without having to “fill in” his bowl several times. It is in this case when it is recommended to offer food once a day, trying to change it daily to be fresh food.

This way of offering food will not work if we observe that the cat is thrown into the food like crazy and ends immediately, or if we see weight problems such as obesity.

As we have commented previously, these indications are indicative and should be assessed in each case . We insist that you should always take into account the health status of the cat, and follow the directions of the veterinarian.

A cat suffering from diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or other pathology of this type will receive different indications about feeding that must be followed correctly.

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