How much you will need to feed will depend on the nutritional requirements of your cat, as well as the quality of food. High-quality commercial diets tend to have more nutritional value, and hence you may need to feed less per day. This is especially important for cats that may struggle to get enough nutrition, such as growing kittens, and high activity or elderly cats, and also means the cost per day of premium foods is often less than you might expect.
To help guide you, high-quality cat foods will state a suggested daily amount to feed your cat per day. This is a useful start point but is not suitable for every animal –just like us, cats have different metabolisms and nutrition is not ‘one size fits all’. With this in mind, monitoring your cat’s condition is the best way to moderate how much you feed your cat, making sure you are always giving enough to keep your cat’s weight stable at their optimum size. The packet guidelines, however, can give you a helpful start point.
Just like us, weight alone is not an appropriate measure of how healthy a cat’s diet is. Making sure your cat is a healthy size can be done using body condition scoring.
Irrespective of the type of diet and type of cat, weighing the food you give should always be part of the daily routine. This is much more accurate than feeding by eye, keeps the diet stable, and means that diet can be adjusted more easily.
Our Complete Care Food plan does this for you.