How Much to Feed and How Often?

A raw fed cat will generally eat less than one eating commercial cooked or dry food as they are getting more nutrients in much smaller portions so feel satisfied quicker. As far as the amount of raw food to feed you cat, this will vary, depending on things like your cat's age, weight, activity level, metabolism and overall appetite. A basic guideline to use when determining how much food to feed your cat each day, is between 2 and 4% of your cat’s ideal adult weight. But remember, this is only a guide. Some cats will eat more than this, and some might need less. Ultimately you’ll need to let your cat be your guide when deciding how much to feed him. If she has some weight to lose, give her less food. If she’s getting a bit lean, increase the amount you feed her. Because every cat is different, there’s no exact standard formula. Please remember though, if you are feeding less for weight loss, that any loss must be slow. Too fats of a loss can do more damage than good.

 

Most adult cats need to be fed at least twice a day, ideally three times. Just divide their daily portions equally, again let your cat guide you on this. Kittens, because their tummies can only hold so much at a one sitting and because they’re generally so much more active than adults, need to be fed more often. Very young kittens grow very quickly and expend a lot of energy playing during the first 3-4 months of their lives, so feeding them 4 or more small meals a day is not out of the question. Generally speaking, kittens should be feed as much raw food as they want, as often as they want it, for the first year of their life. As kittens fed raw from an early age seem to self-regulate and only eat as much as they need, over feeding them is generally not an issue. As they get older and their tummies can hold more, you can feed them less frequently as you adjust the amount you feed them at each meal accordingly.