What do you feed your cats and how much?

(51 Posts)
VeganCow Thu 09-May-13 19:41:36

My 2 have about 150g of canned wet plus about a desert spoon of dried food each a day, split over two meals. They are neutered boys and even on that little amount could do with losing around 1lb each.

Do you find that the recommended amounts of food is two to three times higher than they actually need?

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 09-May-13 21:14:13

The feeding amounts are double what most cats required. My cats get 25g of dried food each in the morning (vet essentials young adult) and 1 Waitrose essential pouch each at night. They are lean mean racing machines, I can't bear for my pets to be overweight.

VeganCow Thu 09-May-13 22:18:25

It's surprisingly little isn't it?
I want to get mine leaner than they are. Is it true that once they get the hanging pouch under their tummy it never goes?

usualsuspect Thu 09-May-13 22:23:02

mine has a bowl of dried food down all the time and one wet pouch a day.

Hes quite a skinny cat though.

chocolatespiders Thu 09-May-13 22:25:58

My beautiful grey tortoise shell 18 year old girl has 2 pouches a day and some complete food it she is pestering me for more. She is slim as she has always been.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 09-May-13 22:29:00

mine get whatever they ask for. Tonight between them they have eaten some dried food and 2 pouches of whiskers. They have a tiny breakfast and mostly Max the boy cat isn't around until night, so I think that is average for the day. But they will only eat the one with the jelly, nothing else oh no otherwise they will refuse and miow me to distraction. They are average weight and about 5yo. It really varies though as we live in the country and in the summer they eat a load of wild food which supplements their diet.

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 09-May-13 22:34:38

Once the flobber arrives (technical term) it is very hard to get rid off - cat cellulite.
My boy cat would like to eat a lot more I am hardened to his cries.

usualsuspect Thu 09-May-13 22:35:15

Mine will only eat some fancy chicken whiskas pouch.

Mine has a wet pouch, dry food all day and dreamies when she looks sad. She is a rescue cat though ( from mumsnet) and was so thin and gaunt that it makes me happy to see her a bit podgy. That is probably not the right attitude though.

bonzo77 Thu 09-May-13 22:55:17

1/2 a pouch morning and night. Handful go cat at night. Occasional dreamie plus what she can scavenge from plates / dishwasher. Very small female neutered cat, 3kg.

verygentlydoesit Thu 09-May-13 23:04:47

I've got two cats. One can't tolerate wet food, the other panics if the food bowl is empty and bolts the lot as soon as he is fed, which makes him sick.

So, on advice from our vet they have dry food only, and the bowl is kept a quarter full to avoid the panic food bolting.

One is very slim, the other a little overweight but he's monitored by the vet who says he's fine.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 09-May-13 23:08:32

My Siamese boy can't take wet food unless it's fresh chicken he throws pouches up. He has a bowl of dried food (v good brand for seniors) out daily...he tends to eat it all but it's not a big bowl.

ZebraOwl Thu 09-May-13 23:20:23

Mine get 70g Almo tinned food in the morning & 45g of Almo dry food in the evening.

Do not know how much the cats weigh, but they both still need kitten-sized collars (& have lots of growing room left!) & blond!cat, in particular, is Very Fluffy Indeed so I have to watch (esp as he is a very active little boy) that he's not getting too skinny.

My Boys both have 2 maybe 3 pouches of Felix a day & some biscuits last thing at night .
My Girl has just had kittens so she is averaging on five a day as she won't eat biscuits .

After trying loads of different makes I ended up going back to Felix as its the only one that doesn't give them a bad gut .

Hope im not over feeding them confused

VerySmallSqueak Thu 09-May-13 23:28:27

I feed mine dry food as he wants it.
There's always food available to him.

Have also done this with previous cats and I've never had an over weight one.
I always thought they self regulate their intake - I realise now that it isn't always the case that they do,but mine always have.

Dry food is much better for their teeth.

If puss wants wet food he can catch the bloody mouse in my kitchen smile.

I do give him a tiny bit of milk every so often though.

basildonbond Fri 10-May-13 09:09:55

my slightly chubby tabby has 40g of Hills tooth diet split into two meals, morning and just before bed and a dessertspoonful of wet food when we have our evening meal with the occasional treat when dd's trying to teach her a trick!

She lives for food and it does seem really mean to give her such a little amount but she is gradually losing weight and only has a little way to go until she's reached her/our target

I'd always thought that cats self-regulated but she would quite happily gorge herself until she threw up so we got her a food maze which means she has to work a bit to get the dry food and unless she's actually hungry she won't bother

cozietoesie Fri 10-May-13 09:15:47

Seniorboy is allowed to eat at will. Two thirds of a pouch at each of breakfast and tea (for his meds), a cooked meat treat at lunchtime and half a pouch for late supper. I've started adding some Crunchy dry food to his supper bowl to see if that will counteract a very gradual weight loss and that has gone down very well.

DeepRedBetty Fri 10-May-13 09:16:20

I refill the bowl when it's empty. BettyCat used to get a pouch of wet food every day, but I knocked that on the head as it was getting expensive and she was getting picky. There was a week of bleating, but now she's used to dry only. Currently working our way through an enormous amount of IAMS from when it was on 3-for-2 last autumn. She looks pretty good, she's three.

cozietoesie Fri 10-May-13 09:17:15

PS - I'd say he leaves about a quarter of his pouch bowls as soon as they get at all dry He does like his food very fresh.

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 10-May-13 10:34:18

same here Usual Only the chicken one, so I buy a mixed box of the Whiskas in jelly and make them eat the other flavours. Fucking things will happily chew through a field mouse leaving only the kidneys but try to get them to eat beef Whiskas..............

I love them but they drive me bonkers.

cozietoesie Fri 10-May-13 10:43:18


Try the Co-op Gourmet chicken chunks in gravy if you have one near you. It's probably cheaper and is the top favourite here. (It comes in single pouches so you only need to try one.)

QueenStromba Fri 10-May-13 10:54:47

We feed ours on Butcher's Classic tins. She gets through 200-300g a day plus a bit of cat milk. She was skin and bones when we got her from Battersea though.

We were leaving Whiskas biscuits down for her but her sickness episodes seemed to correspond with her having eaten more of them than normal so we've stopped giving them to her.

issey6cats Fri 10-May-13 12:27:57

my four get one tin of butchers classic between them Am and in the afternoon they get half a mug of feline fayre dry and the odd treat like if im making a ham sandwich they can have half a slice each and wheight wise the tuxedos are small as in about 2.5 kgs each the gignga ninja wheighs about 6kg and the half siamese thug wheighs 4.5kgs all of them are the right wheight for thier bone structures so i guess they are getting the right amount

Dolallytats Fri 10-May-13 12:46:21

My two have half a tin of wet cat food each a day, split in the morning and evening. They don't have dry food as it makes them sick. One cat is tiny and sleek and the other is round and fat-she also has the shortest legs ever and I sometimes wonder how they hold her up. She looks like one of those cottage loaves!!

They get fed exactly the same, so I assume cat shapes vary as much as humans!!

VeganCow Fri 10-May-13 15:26:05

Butchers Classic is one of the better tinned foods, mine love it.

GreenShadow Fri 10-May-13 16:02:23

Agree Dolallytats. Our two brothers eat much the same, but one is a skinny little thing and the other, while not being fat/overweight, is definitely on the rounder side.

They share a tin of wet food a day (most in the morning) and then fill up on dry with occasional treats of fish/chicken/egg etc

gindrinker Fri 10-May-13 16:04:31

Gummy tortie mog has 2 or 2.5 pouches of wet food, a splash of cat milk and if we're having meat a morsel of that.
She's perfect cat weight, but doesn't have many teeth so wet food is a must.

Repeatedlydoingthetwist Fri 10-May-13 16:13:41

Mine has a wet pouch each morning and she will only eat Whiskas. It's been an ongoing battle of wills to try and get her to eat other brands but she is incredibly stubborn and will literally rather starve than let me win. She has about 2/3rds the size of the pouch in dried food each evening, weirdly enough she is not precious about the brand when it comes to biscuits?!

gobbin Fri 10-May-13 18:51:19

My three have a tin of Butchers Classic plus 50g Royal Canin Kitten 36 split between two meals. They weigh 4kg (big orange boy), 3.5kg and 3kg (little tortie)

QueenStromba Fri 10-May-13 18:57:54

One pouch of Whiskas a day is hardly going to break the bank fortunately. My vet really doesn't approve of Whiskas though - he thinks they put the equivalent of kitty crack in the jelly which makes them lick the jelly off and leave the meat. Have you tried tricking her by mixing a bit of the new food into the Whiskas and gradually increasing the amount of new food BigOrange?

My girl was on Whiskas pouches when we got her and transitioned her onto Butcher's Classic over the course of 2-3 weeks due to her having a dodgy tummy if we change her food suddenly. She never seemed to notice the difference and really loves her new food. We started off with a forkful of Butcher's mashed up in one pouch for a couple of days, followed by 2 forkfuls for a couple of days, then 3 forkfuls etc. We were being extra careful because of her digestive issues though. You could always do 5g in half a pouch, 10g in half a pouch etc and if it she won't eat it put a bit more pouch in. I found that the chicken Butcher's worked with all of the meat flavour Whiskas and the ocean fish or haddock worked with all of the fish ones. We also portioned the tins into forkful amounts in an icecube tray and froze them because at the start a tin would last for a week.

Butcher's is less than half the price of Whiskas pouches which is great and she seems much more full of life than when she was on the Whiskas. That might just be because she was really thin when we got her though.

Repeatedlydoingthetwist Fri 10-May-13 19:14:07

We did try something similar QueenStromba but it really didn't fool her. To be honest though I did lose patience with it after a few days so I think I need to retry and will use your method. I've heard a lot of people say that they don't approve of Whiskas so I wonder if there is something to it?

portraitoftheartist Fri 10-May-13 19:39:34

If you research cat food you find that supermarket food (Whiskas, Felix etc) is generally considered absolute rubbish. There are much better foods, with more meat and no fillers. The real zealots feed only raw food.

Rikalaily Fri 10-May-13 19:58:51

My three get 3/4 of a tin of Butchers classic each a day, split into a few meals with warm water added. They used to have a bowl of Burns dry food put down between them overnight and 1/3 of a tin each, but one of my boys got a urinary blockage last year so they don't get any dry food now in case he eats some. On the plus side, our big boy who used to weigh about 8kg has lost weight.

I keep all of our pets wheat/ cereal free, I don't mind a bit of brown rice in the dogs food but refuse to feed them crap packed with fillers which is why we feed Butchers classic, the dog gets Wainwrites.

VeganCow Fri 10-May-13 20:57:40

Butchers Classic is the only food you can buy in the shops and not online, that is 100% meat, no cereals/ veg etc added.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 10-May-13 21:52:03

I am trying to diet him, and that's all Ill say on the subject.

cozietoesie Fri 10-May-13 21:58:48

Dodgy tactic Fluffy - he might eat you in your sleep!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 10-May-13 22:04:35

He's locked in the conservatory overnight due to crimes against curtains.

VenusUprising Fri 17-May-13 13:54:06

I also find the recommended amounts to be too much.
I feed her 35g dry RC sterilised cat, and one royal canin pouch a day. Half a pouch sprinkled with dry bits in the am, and a few dry bits around 4pm, and the rest of the pouch and the rest of the dry bits sprinkled over the wet at night.

If I give her wet food without the dry, she wolfs it down, and hiccups. The dry bits slow her down.

It's supposed to be 45 g dry, but unless she running and jumping all day, she gets heavy on that.

And water.

VenusUprising Fri 17-May-13 13:54:42

Ha ha crimes agains curtains!

Pascha Fri 17-May-13 13:58:16

My two boys get 1/3 of a tin per day with a handful of biscuits split over two meals. The Snowshoe certainly supplements that with random small rodents and some fish from the canal. He is a racing snake. The Lion is old, fat and mostly doesn't eat all his food.

Pascha Fri 17-May-13 14:00:11

Oh, and they get whatever is on offer at Pets At Home.

EasterHoliday Fri 17-May-13 14:03:29

mine get a small handful of Iams for fat cats / Iams for aged, fat, sterlised cats morning and evening. They're still fat (& aged but no food's going to help that) because they hunt very succesfully, and because they're quite brilliant thieves who put Slinki Malinki in the shade. Can't leave ANY food out - not a loaf of bread or wrapped pack of anything as they'll have it in a flash.

EatenByZombies Tue 21-May-13 00:44:44

My two girlies have a bowl of biscuits that's kept relatively full all the time and, once a day, a bowl of wet food.
My tabby eats pretty much only biscuits even though she has the choice, while the other prefers wet food, so when they get their tinned food I usually fill two bowls which is enough for one each or all the wet food for one and lots of biccies for the other smile

Snog Tue 21-May-13 20:52:21

Our cat is a gourmet perle fan
2 pouches a day plus a bit of dry food
She has a tiny pouch!

AnnaBegins Sun 26-May-13 09:23:19

Hi, I'm late to the thread but can I have some advice please? We have 2 new cats, and they came with whiskas kitten pouches (the cats are 6 months old). I've been giving them one pouch each in the morning and one each in the evening, some dry food came with them too but I've not tried this yet.

But this seems quite a lot, is it too much? They constantly pretend to be starving but I'm not fooled!

Also, when should they move to grown up cat food?

cozietoesie Sun 26-May-13 09:42:05

Just to be safe, probably leave them with kitten food until they're about a year old - but for another few months anyway I reckon - and then do a gradual change over.

I'm pretty liberal with amounts, I have to say, and I'd be inclined to feed a kit more in particular if they indicated strongly that they were still hungry and depending on their weight and breed. (Have you checked the recommended amounts on the packets?) Two pouches each might be enough (I wouldn't say it's too much) and they could be trying to scam you but they might be genuinely hungry for more.

Lots of fresh water at all times of course.

Are they booked in to the vet yet?


AnnaBegins Sun 26-May-13 13:34:39

Thank you cozie, I'm going to register them at the vets and change their microchips to my name next weekend, give them chance to settle in before going to the scary vets!

Yup they have fresh water always, I'll leave them on 2 pouches with a few biscuits at lunchtime (as DH is a soft touch and thinks they should have lunch like we do grin) and see how we go.

bruffin Sun 26-May-13 13:46:29

Mine has an 85g gourmet sachet and a single layer in her bowl of iams. It doesnt seem much at all but she only cries for food if her evening meal of the sachet is late.

cozietoesie Sun 26-May-13 13:47:42

Ah - the 'scary vets'. (For their ops, I assume.) Keep a close eye on them in the meantime then. You don't say what sexes they are but 6 months is quite old enough to reproduce and a lot of people have been caught out with young cats.

One thing you might try (because they're really large kittens0 is splitting up their pouches into more than two meals. If you or DH have time at home that suits that is. So, maybe, half a pouch each four times a day (breakfast, lunch, tea, supper) or two thirds three times a say and so on. Going from morning to evening is a long time for a youngster especially if they're indoors.

AnnaBegins Sun 26-May-13 14:30:27

Oh no they have both been neutered, 1 month ago. I just need to take them so they can have the check up required to register them.

Yeh might try that, thanks.

cozietoesie Sun 26-May-13 14:44:44

Good stuff. Let us know how they get on with the feeding.


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