Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: near Washington, DC
For a very long time I've been feeding her between 8 and 9 ounces (!) of wet food (mainly classic Fancy Feast [around 83 calories per can] and 1/8 cup dry (TOTW) [around 50 calories per 1/8 cup]. And, her weight has been increasing, somewhat slowly. She weighs at least 12 pounds. I can not feel her ribs.
Since Wednesday, I've been trying to restrict her food to: six oz wet (Soulisitc or Weruva, roughly 80 calories per 3 oz) and two ounces of raw (Primal) (50 calories per ounce). I've cut out the dry.
I think the issue may be VOLUME: 3 oz of wet = 1/2 cup of food. 1 oz of raw = around 2 to 3 Tablespoon. I think she may be one of these cats who cannot self-regulate according to caloric intake. (Although if she really doesn't like the taste of something, she will not eat it, even if I'm gone all day.)
She has always been more hungry at night time. During the work week, I'm gone for 11 hours. I'm home more during the day on the weekends, so I feed her more smaller meals, but I haven't noticed a significant difference in hunger/meows.
Also, I am slowly learning that every meow doesn't mean "fed me". Ritz is my first cat/pet, and she is a rescue (lived on the streets for the first four to six months of her life).
I also accept that the problem is Me, not Her.
Sorry for the long reply, but I wanted to give you the complete picture.