Please help me feed my cat.
Background: I've had Mama
for 4 years and she's approx 12 years old. She is my first cat. Since I've had her, she's been getting the dry food
that the shelter was feeding her and no wet food. I vaguely remember them telling me she wouldn't eat wet food, so I never tried. She's mostly indoors, but will spend time in the backyard if it's sunny.
A few weeks ago, a friend gave most of a case of Friskies chicken & gravy canned food- apparently her cat didn't care for that flavor. I tried it on Mama using idb's GF's method
and she loves it. Her kibble has always been available to her during this transition period, but I think she might be ready to go to canned only. Her kibble has barely been touched during the last week.
1. How much do I feed her? She weighs 11-12 pounds.
2. How often do I feed her? With the dry stuff, I just dump some in a bowl and refill when empty. It seems like the rules are different with wet food.
3. What do I feed her? I can't afford the really expensive premium stuff, but a quick google tells me that Friskies is the low end (nutrition-wise) of the scale for canned cat food. Is there a good middle ground? Something around $45 a month or so? Should I get the "senior" formula?
I did search previous AskMe questions, but I'm having a hard time finding answers to 1 & 2, and the answers to 3 seem really expensive.