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How much food is too much food

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catography Sat 13-Jan-18 00:06:08

Our precious first babies seem to be permanently hungry!

We've just got in from a night out (it's 11.50pm in London). We've come home to find our two sister tabbies have ripped open three packets of perle and two of the sheeba soups and licked the packets clean.

When I left for work this morning they had a 100g packet of wet food each and about 200g (est) of dry indoor food. At lunch they get a packet to share and 100v more dry food. They have a ton of interactive toys, I hide tiny treats every morning to keep them busy and we move shelves and perches around every week so they aren't bored.

They are 9 months, and I can't see or feel ribs. I'm just so worried they are hungry! But we feed them the amount the vet said. How much do you guys feed your little fur monsters?

BulletFox Sat 13-Jan-18 00:57:38

It's so difficult to tell with cats!

Mine is 13 and she has one or two packets of 85mg wet food per day, biccies on request.

Not sure about kitties that young but you know how greedy they can be!

IHeartKingThistle Sat 13-Jan-18 01:05:00

I have 2 6 month old kittens and they are eating me out of house and home if that helps! They've got biscuits down all day but they don't eat much of those. I think they get wet food (sometimes a whole pouch, sometimes to share) around 4 or 5 times a day. They are super active and not fat, but the boy cat is shaping up to be enormous.

I need to cut them down I think but when they're hungry they steal food from us or other pets, break stuff or do that 'I'm going to get under your feet and trip you up until you feed me' thing. Occasionally all 3.

I do love them though. Our old girl aye almost nothing so I'm struggling to know how much is too much, just like you!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 13-Jan-18 08:48:02

Mine has 4.5 pouches of gourmet a day.

shhhfastasleep Sat 13-Jan-18 09:03:44

Min has always "self regulated". However one of my cousin 's will eat and eat and eat like a Labrador. Both are rescues but hers had a rougher start in life. We think the eat eat eat eat come from being starved as a tiny kitten.
Is that a factor, op?

catography Sat 13-Jan-18 09:31:58

@shhhfastasleep I don't think so - we got them at 10 weeks and they were checked by a vet the day we got them, all fit and healthy and a good weight.

We think one was probably the runt if the little, she's smaller and submissive to her sister.

They have been pushing their ceramic bowls around our flagstone kitchen floor since 6am. So noisy!

lynmilne65 Sat 13-Jan-18 09:40:01

3 pouches and always dry food

IHeartKingThistle Sat 13-Jan-18 10:21:24

Yep ours were dumped in a nature reserve, we got them at 6 weeks. Vet thinks they're food driven due to that.

EachandEveryone Sat 13-Jan-18 12:58:47

What’s the quality of the food like? Have you tried the more meaty grain freebrands off zoo plus? I five they don’t need so much. Puritzon dry is a good one to leave down it’s 89% meat and there’s good tinned stuff on there you can see how solid it is. Mine one sachet twice a day between them and dry down always.

DumbledoresApprentice Sat 13-Jan-18 13:50:47

If you can’t feel their ribs at all then it sounds like they are really quite overweight. The feeding guides on the dry foods I buy all have daily recommend amounts between 30-105 grams depending on the age and type of cat. If yours are having 150g each per day and a pouch and a half of wet food that sounds like a lot to me. It should be fairly easy to feel the ribs of a cat that is a healthy weight. My cat probably eats about 25-30g of dry food and one (good quality, Tesco Finest, Natures Menu, Lily’s Kitchen, Applaws etc) sachet or tray of wet food. I’d like her to eat a little bit more as she’s a bit on the skinny side but she won’t eat more than that even if I put it down.

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