As anyone with a pet cat knows, you have to make sure that you are feeding them appropriately to help keep them healthy. There are many things you need to consider when thinking about feeling your cat which we will outline in this article. One of the main concerns is whether you are feeding your cat the right amount. This can be difficult to get right, especially if you haven’t had your cat for long or you are starting out with your first cat. This article will help you understand how to feed your cat, how much to feed your cat and how often to feed them.

What amount of food does your cat need?

Firstly, we need to look at the issue of how much food your cat actually needs. This may not always be clear from the outset, so it is something that you are going to want to look into to make sure that you are feeding your cat correctly. As with other pets, a range of factors will determine how much to feed your cat. The main factor that you need to take into account is how much your cat weighs. The general rule here is that you should feed them 24-35 calories per pound. By following this rule, you will likely be keeping them at a healthy weight, and helping them to avoid any health problems later on.

Leaving food out all night

Not only will you be wanting to know how much to feed your cat but you might also want to know how to approach feeding them. You might need to think about whether or not you should leave food out for your cat at night so they can eat food throughout the night. It’s not always certain whether you need to do this or not, and if you get this wrong, you may accidentally overfeed or under-feed your cat. It is therefore very important to get right.

It’s fine to leave food out for your cat at night so they can free-feed on whatever they would like but it needs to be dry cat food. The food needs to be dry because dry food can be left out longer than wet food.  Wet food only has a limited amount of time that it can be left out for so you should avoid leaving it out for a long time. It should be left out for only a few hours at the most because bacteria can soon develop on wet food and you don’t want that to happen if you want to keep your cat safe and healthy. Dry food can be left out for longer, for example throughout the whole night, although it too has a shelf life in this respect and shouldn’t be left out for a whole day.

Types of feeding

If you are new to having a pet cat, you might also be wondering if there is any particular method for feeding cats or if there are any particular times you need to feed cats. There are two main ways of feeding for cats, which we will have a look at.

Meal Feeding

The first way to feed your cat is meal feeding. This is where you feed your cat in set meals at certain times during the day. As this is the way we tend to eat as humans, some people find this way of feeding the most automatic or logical. But is it the right way to feed you cat? In fact, there are some pros and some cons to this type of feeding.


Feeding your cat at regular, set meal times allows you to:

  • Closely monitor what your cat is eating. 
  • Control their dietary intake better.
  • To check your cats are not stealing from one another if you have more than one cat.


On the downside, meal feeding might not always be the best option for these reasons:

  • Your cat might become hungry between meals and cry or moan at you.
  • You need to be consistent with the routine and make sure that you establish and stick it, otherwise it won’t work out well.

Free Feeding

The other way of feeding your cat that is worth considering is free feeding. With free feeding, you leave out a set amount of food and you allow your cat to graze on this throughout the day. This is mainly done with dry food as it can be left out for longer periods of time than wet food.


Some of the pros of free feeding your cat include:

  • It is easy to manage. For example, if you are busy, you don’t have to worry about being around all the time to feed your cat.
  • It means your cat is going to be happily satisfied at all times, with less crying when hungry.


On the downside:

  • It is difficult to monitor how much your cat is eating with this free feeding method.
  • If you are out all day, your cat could need more food and you wouldn’t know about it until you got home.
  • It can take a while to establish the right amount of food to leave out.

Whatever method you choose to use, you need to make sure you find the right amount to feed your cat, to keep them healthy and happy.

Choosing the right food

When you have a pet cat you don’t only need to think about how and when to feed them but you also want to choose high-quality cat food for them. The correct diet is extremely important for your cat and they need a good source of animal protein to be in optimal health. Petshop Direct have a wide range of high-quality cat food that are hypoallergenic and gluten-free and that includes food for different stages of a cat’s life. 

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Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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