How many calories should a cat eat per day?

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Zanna, well done for keeping an eye on your cat’s food intake – obesity is responsible for a number of health issues in pets so monitoring your cat’s weight and diet is very important.

The number of calories needed by an individual cat varies depending on their body weight and their activity level. Some calories are used to maintain the body and others to fuel activity. So a mature cat that spends their day on the couch will need fewer calories than an adolescent that hunts grasshoppers for a large chunk of their day. There are formulas available that allow you to calculate the specific number of calories and these take into account both body weight and lifestyle, but they’re not always accurate; some suggestions are that the formulas can be out by as much as 50%.

Even if you’re keen on complicated mathematical formulas, it’s better to feed your cat to condition. This means start with the guidelines on the food packet, and then adjust the amount of food you give them upwards or downwards depending on whether you can feel their ribs easily and see a nice tummy tuck.
| 03.31.16 @ 02:15
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Thank you Dr. Audrey! | 04.01.16 @ 01:00
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