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How Much Should You Feed Your Cat?

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Cat eating his food from ceramic bowl on wooden floor

Most people including myself overfeed our cats. We think that they’re going to gobble down bowls of dry food at a time. Wrong! Cats are nibblers and their requirements may surprise you! Hepper.com has put together a chart to guide you.

You can calculate how much food your cat needs based on its weight. Your cat’s ideal healthy weight will determine how many calories they need a day. An adult cat requires about 25 calories per pound of body weight. An 8 oz cup of dry food averages about 500 calories. So, if we estimate that the average ten-pound cat needs about 250 calories per day, the average cat will need about 1/3–1/2 of a cup of food, maybe less if your cat is particularly lazy.

I always add a little extra. You never know if you’re called away unexpectedly.

Remember, pets are family!

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