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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Am I feeding my cats enough? I worry...

I Have 4 cats, Riku is 4 yrs old and weighs 12 lbs (since we switched to raw/canned food
she has dropped 4 lbs , she was 16 lbs. - Thats been about 4 months time)

Cheeks is 4 yrs old he went from 14 lbs down to 11 lbs.
Yoshi is 4 yrs old went from 15 lbs to 11 lbs
and Nermal is 14 yrs old, he went from 14 lbs down to 10 lbs.

We feed them Stella & Chewys raw food patties and Wellness canned. Eachday spltlit
between the 4 of them we feed 1 patty that is 8 oz, and 2 cans that are 5. 5Oz.

Morning they get 1/2 the raw patty with 1/2 can of Wellness, mid day they get 1/2 patty
and 1/2 can and at bed time they get 1 full can of Wellness.

Lately they have been really acting hungry all the time. Digging in the sink dishes if there are any, meowing for more fod, etc. But all the same they have had way more energy,
lost a lot of weight, and just seem in better health. But I am worried to cause health issues in the long run if we arent feeding enough.

Any recommendations? ideas? information? thanks guys!
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Based off the typically recommended 3% body weight, you're feeding a hair over two ounces less per day than you should; that's about half an ounce each. If you fed two 8 ounce patties and one 5.5 ounce can every day, you'd be almost exactly at the recommended amount. (On a side note - you might do better to feed the raw and canned foods as separate meals, instead of mixing them. Although the difference between digestive time for these foods is no where near as great as the difference between kibble and raw, I'd probably feed a full patty for breakfast, a full can for lunch and the second full patty for dinner. Just a thought.)

However, the real tell is your cats' body weight. You should not be able to see any bony parts - hips, ribs, etc., but you should be able to easily feel them. If you can see those bony parts, you should probably go ahead and feed a bit more.

Hope this helps!

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That helps a bunch! TYVM! I will start doing that tomorrow! Thanks again!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 09:46 PM
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I just read an article on cat diabetes and it said the main contributor was overweight, and that male cats should weigh between 10 and 11 lb, so it looks like (if your cats are all males) that you have them just where they need to be.
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