converting to a 50% wet food diet, calorie vs volume concerns
I have 2 concerns and I bolded them below. I hope you have some input for me.
My husband and I recently switched out cats diet from 100% dry kibble to 50% dry kibble (with water added) and 50% wet food. They get 2 meals a day and 1 meal is now wet food.
Since our switch to 50% wet food, one cat weights 11lbs and the other weights 10lbs. They are both about 2 lbs overweight each.
At our most recent vet visit, which was before we started our switch to 50% wet food, our vet told us our cats were 1 lb overweight. She told us not to decrease/increase the amount of kibble we are giving them, but rather choose a weight control formula since it would save on calories. That was working wonderfully and they had gone down to almost a perfect weight, until we switched to the 50% wet food diet.
I know that we were giving them way too much wet food and now I am researching the correct amount to give them. Some of you on this site previously recommended sticking to the same calorie count for the wet food as we were giving them for the dry kibble.
The amount we had been giving them for dry kibble was 2 meals of 1/8 cup per cat, per day. That was a total of 1/4 cup of kibble per day. Our dry kibbles averaged out to 40 to 55 calories per serving (1/8 cup).
We still follow that guideline for their first meal of dry kibble, but now we need to adjust the wet food amount to match that.
I think that what is confusing me the most right now is that most literature I am reading is telling me that a 10lbs cat should be getting an average of 200 calories per day, and if I follow the caloric amount that my vet was recommending, my cats were getting 80 to 110 calories per day, and they were still slightly overweight. I am concerned about them not getting enough calories, but at the same time, the lesser amount is making them overweight.
Another thing that is confusing me is that some cans of wet food actually have really low caloric values, but the volume is quite large and I am afraid that might make my cats hungry. For example:
Waruva cats in the kitchen: Funk in the trunk is a 8oz can, and the whole entire can has 95 calories. So technically this should be 2 servings caloric wise. But volume wise (1/8 cup), that would be 4 meals. I know I should go with the caloric value but wont the volume difference make my cats hungry when we give them smaller portions of equal caloric value?