We’re always talking about the importance of what we feed our cats, but lately we’re getting a lot of questions about the amount of food you should feed your cat. This a tricky question, as there’s not a blanket answer for all cats. The amount we should feed our cats depends on…

  1. Your cat’s age. Young kittens need at least 1.5 times the amount of food that an adult cat does while they’re growing. Older cats who have started losing muscle mass will also require more food.
  2. Ideal weight. No cat is created equal. Some kitties are thinner and others are larger. Just like humans, there is not one set weight that cats should be. Consult your vet to find your kitty’s ideal weight.
  3. Activity level. Cats that are active or go outside will have different caloric requirements than one that is sedentary most of the day.

After finding out your cat’s ideal weight, you can count the calories you give her to help her either lose or gain weight.

How to determine the amount of calories to feed your cat.

  • Convert your cat’s weight to kilograms by dividing the weight in pounds by 2.2
  • Multiply the number of kilograms by 30
  • Add 70 to that number
  • Now multiply that number by 0.8

The end result of that mathematical equation will give you the amount of calories needed to keep your cat at his ideal weight. If he needs to lose weight you can decrease those calories. If you want him to gain weight you can increase those calories.

Too much or too little of a good thing isn’t good. While we do not measure every meal that we feed our cats, it’s good to know around how much they should be eating, based on their specific needs. 🙂


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