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Portion Control Purr-fection: How Much to Feed Your Cat

Portion Control Purr-fection: How Much to Feed Your Cat

Feeding your cat may seem like a simple task, but it's important to approach it with care and consideration. In this quick guide, we will take a look into the world of feline nutrition and explore key considerations for nourishing your furry companion. So, if you're looking to improve your cat's health through proper portion control, you've come to the right place. With our advice, you can be confident that your cat is receiving the purr-fect amount of food for optimal health and happiness. 

Tips to Keep in Mind  

Before diving into the nitty-gritty details of portion control, it's important to focus on several factors, such as age, activity level, and current body weight/optimal body weight. This is because the amount of food a cat needs is dependent on its unique body and lifestyle.  

For example, kittens, adult cats, and seniors have different nutritional needs, which is why you should consider your cat's age and activity level when determining their daily food intake. Maintaining an ideal body weight is vital for your cat's health. Overfeeding can lead to obesity, while underfeeding can result in malnutrition. 

How Much to Feed a Cat Chart 

Weight (lbs) 

Average Daily Calories 

Amount of Dry Food (cups) 

Amount of Wet Food (3 oz cans) 








3 ½ 









Understanding the appropriate portion size for your cat can be challenging, especially with the variety of cat food available in the market. To simplify this process, we've created a handy chart that can serve as a guideline based on weight: 

**It is important to note that this chart is strictly a suggestion based on weight, and the ideal portion may vary from cat to cat. It's always best to consult with your veterinarian for a personalized feeding plan. 

Feeding Wet Cat Food vs. Dry Cat Food 

It can be confusing for cat owners to decide whether their feline friend needs dry or wet food or even a combination of the two. Below, we have compiled a breakdown of both wet and dry food so that you can see each of their differences and how they are beneficial to your cat’s health: 

cat eating

Wet Cat Food: 

  • Hydration: Wet cat food contains a high-water content, which helps keep your cat hydrated. This is a key component of a cat's diet because they are known to live in a near-constant state of dehydration. What causes feline dehydration is usually as simple as your cats refusing to drink water. By adding wet food to their diet, you will help keep them hydrated. 
  • Palatability: Many cats find wet food more palatable due to its strong aroma and soft texture. This is good if you have a picky eater who needs to gain some weight.  
  • Weight Management: Although it can help cats who are underweight gain weight, it can also help overweight cats as well. It can be easier to control portion sizes with wet food, and wet food helps keep your pet full longer.  

Dry Cat Food: 

  • Convenience: Dry food is easy to store and doesn't require refrigeration (although we recommend changing the food every 8 hours at least). It's also more convenient for free-feeding which can be handy for busy pet owners. 
  • Dental Health: Some dry cat foods are formulated to promote dental health by reducing tartar buildup. This can help to increase your cats teeth and gum health, saving you money and them discomfort. 
  • Cost-Efficiency: Dry cat food is often more budget-friendly than wet food which is another reason it is appealing to cat owners.  

What is Best—Dry Food, Wet Food, Both? 

So, the answer to the bigger question, “what is the best type of food to feed your cat?”, is a simple one: a combination of both. It is recommended to give your cat both dry food and wet food in order to ensure a healthy and balanced diet.  

With dry food and wet food on the menu every day, you can help your cat maintain a healthy weight and energy levels, improve dental health, boost hydration, and increase their overall comfort and happiness.  

Benefits of Slow Feeders 

Cats throw up…a lot. Although this is normal for cats, there are some things you can do to help elevate your cat's discomfort and prevent them from getting sick, such as slow feeders. These specially designed bowls have various obstacles and ridges that slow down your cat's eating pace.  

Not only do slow feeders encourage portion control by making it harder for your cat to gulp down food, but they also provide mental stimulation. These bowls engage your cat's mind as they figure out how to access their food, providing a sort of game during mealtimes.  

Final Thoughts 

Achieving portion control purr-fection for your cat involves careful consideration of their individual needs, the right type of food, and innovative feeding solutions like slow feeders. By understanding the science behind feline feeding and using the guidelines provided by our team at The Furry Fox, you can ensure your cat enjoys a healthy, satisfying mealtime experience.  

For more tips and information on pet care, be sure to check out The Furry Fox blog. 


FAQ Section 

Is 1 cup of dry food too much for a cat? 

The ideal portion size for a cat varies based on factors like age, weight, and activity level. Refer to the "How Much to Feed a Cat Chart" above to determine the right amount for your feline friend, and be sure to get advice from your vet. 

How many times a day should a cat eat? 

Most cats do well with two to four small meals per day. However, kittens and very active cats may require more frequent feeding, while seniors may do well with fewer meals.  

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