How Many Pouches Should I Feed My Cat? An average of between three and five pouches should be served daily to provide sufficient nourishment. This amount will ensure they have a perfect balance of essential vitamins, minerals and oils to maintain both a healthy metabolism and an ideal weight.I have had the pleasure of sharing my home with cats for a considerable number of years and I can tell you that feeding time is rather more complicated than just deciding if it’s three pouches or five. Numerous factors such as size, age and level of activity all contribute to having to make adjustments to the exact number of pouches our cats will eat. In addition, cats who are waiting to give birth and those that are nursing kittens have much larger appetites and need to eat far more than the average amount of pouches until their lives get back to normal. And of course, the major, uncontrollable influence in these calculations comes from the cats themselves who are invariably fussy eaters…
Learning Your Cat’s Feeding HabitsThe expert advice that we should serve between three and five pouches per day to each of our feline friends is an excellent starting point. Pouches come in a choice of gravy, which my cats adore, or jelly. The dining area is important – If there are two or more cats in your household it’s more than likely that they will prefer to eat in separate areas. Many cats tend to favour a peaceful area of the kitchen preferably away from doors and whirring washing machines. They usually like to know where their dinner is being served so try to keep it in the same location to avoid confusion. Mine often sit in their dining area whenever they are hungry as if to drop me a hint. But what makes up a pouch?
- Meat or fish protein – usually at an average of 30%
- Vitamins A and D – for good eyesight and strong bones
- Zinc – helps maintain a healthy skin
- Calcium – for strong teeth and bones
- Taurine – an amino acid from meat that they can’t live without
- Moisture – at a level of approximately 80%
- Maine Coon – 14.5lbs
- Persian – 11lbs
- Bengal – 9.5lbs
- Siamese – 9lbs
- Devon Rex – 8.5lbs
- Abyssinian – 6.5lbs
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Older Cats Will Eat LessAlthough this statement can be taken as a general view of a supposedly average cat it doesn’t necessarily apply to all cats. My Jasper is almost fourteen years of age but shows no signs of slowing down yet. He still goes out on regular patrols around his territory and enjoys the odd skirmish with the cat a few doors away. He often comes home famished and wants to eat as heartily as he has ever done. I can imagine what he would say if I put him on half rations! Pet food companies define an older, senior cat as one that has reached the age of seven. From my own experience, my cats have always seemed as if they are still behaving like kittens at that age and the majority of pet cats these days reach fifteen to twenty years. Senior foods will often include extra oils to help the mobility in their limbs. However, some elderly cats lose their appetite a little due to poor dental health, illness or because they have become inactive but that’s another story.
Inactive Cats plus too many Pouches leads to ObesityIf you have an older cat who becomes inactive through arthritic joints, you might need to adjust the amount of food it eats. In a similar vein, younger cats who are confined to the house aren’t going to wear off their calories like their contemporaries who have the freedom to go outside to climb trees and chase mice. They need plenty of stimulating play to prevent them being bored and putting on weight. You can easily check your cat’s weight by standing on the bathroom scales while holding it and noting the figure then subtracting your own weight. If your cat’s weight has become around twenty per cent greater than normal it’s time to seek veterinary advice about a change of diet.
Can Skinks Be Toxic to Cats?
Cat skink toxicity explained: Skinks are not typically toxic to cats. While some species may produce mild toxins as a defense mechanism, the chances of a skink causing harm to a cat are very low. However, it’s always wise to prevent cats from interacting with wild animals to avoid potential risks and to prioritize their health and safety.
Article by Barbara Read
Barbara Read is the heart and soul behind CatBeep.com. From her early love for cats to her current trio of feline companions, Barbara's experiences shape her site's tales and tips. While not a vet, her work with shelters offers a unique perspective on cat care and adoption.