Trying to figure out how much we really need to feed our cats. Hoping someone here can help because I've read everything and it sounds slightly as if I would be preparing my cats for careers as foie gras geese.
OK. So after the last adventure
, one of the cats is happily back to kibble, and the other one is still being a prima donna. For various reasons, we're looking at swapping them over to all-wet-food. We're getting two of these feeders
. They like the Newman's Own Organics Turkey (and it doesn't make the fat one sick, like Wellness unfortunately does). The last question we're trying to answer is how much they should be fed.
The Fat One (Daeva
) weighs about 15 lbs that's honestly too much. The Rotundity is getting out of hand. Daksha
weighs about 9.5 lbs now after having lost a leg to a cancerous land shark, and he seems a little skinny to me right now. So obviously, two different situations. They are littermates and will be 10 years old next April.
We have a couple big bags of their dry food I wouldn't mind getting through (Natural Balance Reduced Calorie
). Daksha won't eat any more than about a 1/4 of a can at a time, plus a tablespoon or so of dry mixed in to slow him down from wolfing.
So. WHAT IS THE MAGIC FORMULA? The cans say 1 can per 6-8 lbs of body weight (so I guess that if your cat weighs anywhere from 9 to 12 lbs, 1.5 cans per day would be correct. However, there is nothing on there about age and activity level - they're getting to be middle aged and they are indoor - not a lot of activity. They play, but obviously less as they get older.
We'd like to feed 1, 5.5 oz can per day, 4x per day, plus a little kibble to make up whatever the deficit is - which I can't really figure out b/c the can doesn't say how many calories are in it. The dry food has about 22 calories per tablespoon.
According to this
, I've calculated Daksha needs about 160 calories to maintain - I'd like him to gain just a smidge, so 165 calories a day looks like it might do it. Daeva needs to eat LESS THAN 220 calories a day to lose some chub.
So, after all that, questions as follows:
1. What are the calories in that can of cat food? I can't find it anywhere - is there some standard about # of calories per can that I'm just totally missing?
2. If 88 of their calories are made up by 4 tablespoons of kibble per day, is 1 can per day + 4 tablespoons enough for each cat (to help one maintain and one lose)?
Thank you in advance. Other information that might help you in your answers include that the cats treat collars like Houdini treated handcuffs, and SkinnyPants will very soon go through (another) period of needing to wear an e-collar unless he's supervised constantly.