Post Published on February 8, 2017 | Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny
Readers Weigh In: What Do You Feed Your Cats and When Do You Feed Them?
A Floppycats reader wrote in and asked, “Question? When do you feed Charlie and Trigg? We normally feed Mia at 6:30 am. We’re wondering if we feed her later will it make a difference in the time she wakes us up. She normally wakes us up around 5:30 or 6 am. My husband is a golfer, so he doesn’t mind but that’s to early for me since I’m retired. Appreciate any recommendation.”
So, first thing to tackle would be what do you feed your cats? I feed mine wet food only with a mid-day freeze dried treat – Whole Life Pet Treats. The canned cat food that I feed my cats can be found here. I wish I could get my cats to eat raw food, but I have failed at every attempt (I’ve tried whole prey, frozen raw, freeze-dried raw, home made raw and more!). I am not done trying, but just don’t have the energy to fight it. What you feed your cats probably plays a part in whether or not you have a schedule.
Mine are not on a schedule (probably because I am not on a schedule since I work for myself) – I feed them when they are hungry and when I want to get up. I have a list of what I feed them here.
I know my situation is unique – cat owners aren’t often home with their cats all day long. So, my mom has hers on a schedule.
My parents cats who are 12-year old Ragdoll cats are fed at 6/7am, 12 noon and 4:30pm.
Mine also get fed 3x a day – usually two small 3 oz cans at a time – and then one more before I go to bed. So they get a total of 3.5 oz cans each a day – it’s probably more like 4 for Chiggy and 3 for Charlie…ha. I always put food down for my two before I go to bed because I don’t want them waking me up.
I am guessing if I started to mark down when I feed them every day that I’d find out that they do eat around the same times 3x a day. But I am not going to go to the effort of doing that =). Additionally, Charlie and Trigg can and will eat less or more as the weather changes or as their activity level changes. So, sometimes they get more food and sometimes they get less food – it all depends on how they are eating. But in general, it is 3.5 small cans (3 oz) of wet food a day EACH. So a total of 7 small cans a day.
So, let’s discuss in the comments! (Some readers prefer to discuss on our Facebook page – you can see the thread to this discuss there too!)
- What do you feed your cats? And are they on a schedule? If they are on a schedule, what is your schedule and how much do you feed them?
What other topics would you like to have a discussion about on our cat blog? Please let me know in the comments!