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Feeding Your Adult Cat: What You Need to Know

Get expert tips for keeping your cat healthy, happy, and well fed.
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When and how much food should I feed my adult cat? continued...

Larsen recommends twice daily feedings. Bough says, “As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that cats be fed twice daily using the portion control feeding method. To do this, start by dividing the amount suggested on the label of your pet’s food into two meals, spaced eight to 12 hours apart. You may need to adjust portions as you learn your cat’s ideal daily maintenance amount.”

What about treats? “Keep the calories from treats to less than 10% of daily calories,” Larsen says.

Otherwise, your cat might start to eat less of his or her regular adult cat food, which means his overall diet could lack essential nutrients. And, of course, too many treats can make kitty’s waistline that much tougher to recover.

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Reviewed on April 21, 2012
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