I know that there are a number of Audi driving cat owners on this board, so here goes my question
I have an 8 month old apartment cat (spayed).
Up until recently I just made sure that there was always food in its bowl. However I've noticed that she's grown a sort of a "hanging pouch" on its lower abdomen. Almost like a marsupial hehe. It's cute and she's not overweight, but I know of many obese indoor cats so in trying to avoid that I decided to cut down on her food. So now I just give it a handful of dry kitten formula 'pellets' in the morning and one in the evening. Her bowl is always empty at feeding time. Is this okay or should I reduce it to only once a day?
How much is appropriate for her situation is what I'm asking.
She still partakes in daily sessions of running around and playing, and generally just going nuts.
It even knocked down the Christmas tree once
Cats don't usually like dry food much, so they'll only eat it when they are hungry. My roomate has a dry food and water silo that he tops off once a week. The cat has no weight problems and the lazy turd doesn't get excercize, ever. It simply eats when it wants. I've found that it seems to have about 6 little mini-meals a day.
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You obviously haven't met the cats I adopted last winter!
The lady that had them would leave on business trips for a week or more at a time and left them with a self filling food bowl. Both were overweight, but the male was just hideously large. Between the two of them, I feed them about 1/2 cup light food in the morning, and 1/2 cup at night, and although they have lost a little weight, the male is still way, way, way too big. He would just keep eating if I didn't control the food. Most cats are pretty good about controlling their food intake themselves, but some can't, so you have to do it for them. One thing is for sure: If a cat is not kept busy and is left alone a lot, then they run a higher risk of overeating. To be safe, I would not recommend giving a cat more than one days worth of food at one time. If they eat all of it right away, then they should probably be put on a two time daily schedule so that they get fed regularly, but not too much at one time.
It's Ok to feed them a little tuna as a treat sometimes. My cats go nuts...
...when I cook chicken, so I will usually give them a few small pieces, mostly to get them away from the kitchen counter, but also as a little treat. A friend of mine feeds his cat shrimp once in awhile as a treat on top of it's regular food.