If you, like most cat lovers, succumb to blackmailing your cat and feed him from morning to night, it's time to arm yourself with information. Learning to calculate the portion of natural cat food
General feeding rules
Cats constantly walk with hungry eyes and ask to feed them again and again, not only because of their character. The fact is that in nature, these animals hunt small prey all day long: mice, birds, fish. So our purrs are genetically accustomed to eating in small portions, but often. Because of these constant requests and assurances of the cat in his brutal hunger, the owner can also get confused - how much is needed per day and is it enough for the pet? Veterinarians give a simple recommendation in this regard: the daily requirement of a cat for natural food is 5-10% of its weight. For example, if your cat weighs five kilogramsjd, his portion per day will be 250-500 grfvvjd.
The difference is twofold due to the fact that all animals are different and each has its own needs. So, for example, kittens always eat more, because they need more nutrients and vitamins for growth and development. In kittens, the serving size will always be 10% of body weight. An adult cat can be content with smaller portions. Neutered individuals eat the least (they gain weight faster) and older cats.
To each according to his needs
Now we will consider special cases that do not fall into the general scheme. A pregnant and lactating female will, of course, have a completely different diet and different needs. The mother cat needs more nutrients, and both the serving size and the frequency of serving should be increased, which is even more important. Weighing it, of course, is not worth it, it is enough just to roughly calculate the amount of feed that it will need. A pregnant female eats one and a half times more than her usual norm. After lambing, a lactating cat will eat twice as much as she normally needs - after all, she needs to feed her babies!
Neutered cats require less food, so their portion sizes should be reduced. Again, there is no need to switch to one-time feeding. Even if your cat still does not eat the portion intended for him for a day in several doses, it is better to divide it into two or three parts. But overfeeding castrates is not worth it - they gain weight very quickly, which can lead to severe obesity.
An older cat also needs a little. She, like a person, loses appetite with age, and the needs of an aging body are not the same. Older cats usually eat up to 5% of their body weight per day.