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Do You Have to Schedule Your Feeding Time For Your Cats?

Making sure your cat has access to proper levels of food and nutrition is obviously important as a pet owner. There are a few approaches you can take when it comes to deciding how to feed your furry little buddy. Some owners choose to let their cats have free access to food whenever. Others put their cats on very strict portion control for dieting reasons, so there is no one specific way that you should feed your cat. 

But here are the facts:

  • Cats, like a lot of us, are creatures of habit. Having a set, scheduled time for feeding can set a nice routine for them and make them feel safe. You may want to consider this with a new cat or a rescue. 
  • Cats have a hunger cycle too. Typically cats can get hungry anywhere between 8-10 hours after their last meal. Of course, this depends on the cat, but feeding your feline once or twice a day isn’t an issue either way. 
  • Cats can also be picky eaters. It may be that you have to cycle out wet and dry food, or find a different flavor of kibble that your cat prefers. This is completely natural.
  • A cat’s daily recommended caloric intake is entirely dependent on their weight. If you’re unsure of exactly how much to feed your cat, you can refer to a guide or ask your vet for more information. 
  • Kittens typically need to be fed more than fully mature cats. This, of course, is because they’re growing and need that extra nutrition to stay healthy and grow big and strong. 
  • And finally, if your cat suddenly shows a lack of appetite, it’s likely that they’ve fallen ill and you may want to consider them to the vet.

So there you have it! Feeding your cat isn’t an exact science, but there are some key facts and tells that can help you determine whether or not one type of feeding works for your cat. And if it doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to try something else. Cat’s can definitely be picky. 

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