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What is the proper amount of times a day to feed cats? Is wet food really that much worse for them? Should I...

Updated on October 21, 2008

We feed our cats twice a day. In the morning and at dinner time in the evening. Some people leave dry food out for cats to eat as they wish, but we ended up with furry bowling balls when we did that. They ate way too much!

I think a combo of dry and wet food. Try putting a little dry food (about 1/2 cup and a couple of tablespoons on top (for adult cats). The more important thing is to purchase the best cat food. This means those high in protein and low in cereals, fillers and ash. There are pet sites you can go to where they rate the foods for quality. I was amazed how low some of the best-known brands rated. In the long run, quality cat food will save you the expense and trauma of vet visits and your cat will live longer. All of our cats have lived to be at least thirteen-years old, or more.

If your cat stays indoors (which they really should for many reasons) grow some 'cat grass' for them to graze on. I just planted some grass seed in a pot of soil and they kept it pretty trimmed. I put a piece of hardware cloth (large-mesh screening) over the top to keep them from digging in the pot. I planted cat-nip in my garden one year and would bring some in from time to time. However, our neighbor's cat found it and ate it to the ground, then rolled on it till it died! (the catnip, not the cat). So now I plant it in a hanging basket with a few flowers.


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    • Whitney05 profile image

      Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

      I just completed my version of the request. I too covered some of these points.

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I Agree with you, about feeding. Too many people overfeed their pets.

      That is why they are so fat, except the nuted ones they normally increase in size anyway. I like the idea of the catnip.