There are several types of feeding methods owners commonly use, which may vary depending on the needs of their adult cats and their schedules:
- Portion-control feeding involves measuring the food and offering it as a meal. It can be used for weight control and for animals that tend to overeat if allowed to feed at will.
- Free-choice feeding means food – typically dry food, which is less likely to spoil – is available around the clock. Nursing cats are commonly fed free choice. But you can see why this method can turn into a problem for a cat that doesn’t know when to stop.
- Timed feeding involves making food available for a certain amount of time, then picking it up after, say, 30 minutes. To do this, start by dividing the amount suggested on the label of your pet’s food into two meals, spaced eight to 12 hours apart.
Once you have chosen a method, it is a good idea to decide on a diet. Consistency is important and any unneccessary changes to a cats diet may cause some problems on the cats part, such as getting sick, or in some picky cats reluctance to eat the food.
Type of food: Your cat’s food should contain adequate protein as it highly digestible to cats. Also, look for Taurine and Arginine – these are essential amino acids. Most vets recommend against a vegetarian diet as cats are strict carnivores. As a grown cat, he has several choices for food:
- Dry food: There are many brands on the market. There are also special foods for specific problems such as hairballs and urinary tract infections.
- Wet food: Some cat owners feel this is best because it is lower in carbs than dry food. They also feel cats have less of a chance of obesity with wet food. But it has been found there’s no real difference between a dry or wet food diet.
- Raw diet: Proponents feel this best approximates a cat’s diet in the wild. You can either make your own or buy a raw food diet. The key is to make certain your cat gets all the required nutrients. Some people add priobiotics (which help maintain intestinal health) and supplements (check with your vet).
Frequency/Amount: Twice a day. The amount varies depending on the specific brand of food you get so it is a good idea to check the back of the bag. We have also posted a Friskies recommendation for The Daily Feeding of Cats