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I'm trying to decide how much to feed Emma, our 9 month old cat, and the guidelines on some cans confuse me.

The general advice I see is 30 calories/pound of bodyweight, making sure she isn't getting too fat or too thin.

Her favorite food is Weruva chicken, which has about 108 calories per 5.5 oz can (20 cals/oz). The can recommends feeding 1 oz/pound bodyweight, which seems low (20 cals/pound rather than 30). This would also work out to about 1.5 cans/day for an 8 pound cat. Nutrition Information

She'll also eat Evo, which is about 220 calories per 5.5 oz can (40 cals/oz). The can recommends feeding one can per 7 pounds of bodyweight, which seems about right (one can per 8 pound cat probably works). It's possible she eats less Evo because it's more calorically dense.

She hasn't really liked other foods I've tried.

I'm hesitant to rely on how much Emma wants to eat, as some cats like to overeat. Looking at appearance is not a very clear guideline, especially as changes occur slowly.

Also, I can't figure out when Emma is hungry - with other cats it was clear when they wanted to be fed, but if she has a signal I can't tell what it is.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Do you have scheduled feeding times? Seeing as she is still a kitten, she is probably not overeating. Also, are you giving her kitten food? I didnt think weruva had a kitten formula, it may be lower in calories that what she needs.
 

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At the moment, I'm generally feeding whenever her bowl is empty or low, biased towards about 4x/day - early morning, lunch, dinner, before bed. I suppose I should move to fewer times with more of a schedule.

I didn't think kitten formula was any different than regular food. If food is lower calories, then more food would seem to fix the issue.

She'll eat Weruva whenever it's out. She's less consistent on Evo - she'll eat sometimes but not others.
 

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Kittens need to eat more than adult cats, but if you're keeping her bowl full that may be enough.

I bought a case of weruva chicken but my kitties only lick up the gravy and don't eat the chicken. They seem to eat pate style foods better. Not sure what to do with all that Weruva though, thinking about donating it.
 

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Going back to my original issue - how do I figure out how much should I feed her?

Sometimes Emma licks up the gravy, then comes back later when the food is drying out. Some of the time she prefers Evo (pate style), but most of the time she prefers Weruva.

I bought a bunch of Evo flavors and am trying to determine if there are any she likes. This has proved difficult, as she seems to have different likes at different times.

For example, last night before bed I gave her some Weruva and some Evo. When I got up, she'd eaten the Weruvo but not the Evo. However, just before her normal feeding time, she finished the Evo. I gave her some fresh Weruva and Evo and she ate some Evo and ignored the Weruva. As of the moment, she's eaten most of the Weruva and only a bit more Evo.
 

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I take a can of food and weight 2 ounces out of it and that goes to MowMOw (3X a day).

I weigh the rest of the can and Shepherd Book gets that. It's usually about 3 1/8 or 3.5 ounces depending on what size can. If the can is large (6 oz) then I give an extra 1/8 an ounce to MowMow.
 

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How many calories per can? How much do your cats weigh?

Emma likes cans with 108 calories and cans with 220 calories.
 

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I don't count calories, so I don't know. I rotate about 9 different foods/flavors/formulas so it really varies.

I go by ounces of food. At least 5.5 for MowMOw but not over 6.25 and at least 9 for Book and more if he'll eat it (per day).

I have NO idea how much Book weighs. His last vet visit he was a little over 4 lbs but that was months ago and he's grown since then. MowMow was 12.6 lbs and I don't think he's changed much.
 

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Going back to my original issue - how do I figure out how much should I feed her?

Sometimes Emma licks up the gravy, then comes back later when the food is drying out. Some of the time she prefers Evo (pate style), but most of the time she prefers Weruva.

I bought a bunch of Evo flavors and am trying to determine if there are any she likes. This has proved difficult, as she seems to have different likes at different times.

For example, last night before bed I gave her some Weruva and some Evo. When I got up, she'd eaten the Weruvo but not the Evo. However, just before her normal feeding time, she finished the Evo. I gave her some fresh Weruva and Evo and she ate some Evo and ignored the Weruva. As of the moment, she's eaten most of the Weruva and only a bit more Evo.
I can't tell you how much to feed Emma, but she is still a kitten even though she's an older one and, therefore, still growing so you don't want to necessarily feed her a certain number of calories based on her current weight. If you can look down and see her waist she is not overweight. If you can feel ribs, she is underweight.

I personally would not feed Weruva as a main part of a kitten's diet, it is too low in calories and fat.

I also would suggest that you don't keep refilling her bowl when you see that it's empty. It's much better to have set meal times and I bet she'll be more eager to eat her food when she doesn't have almost constant access to it.

Don't be worried too much about her calories intake every day.
 
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