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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 8:37 pm 
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Currently I give my 9 month male bengal, Kenickie, 1/4 of wet food twice a day. And 1/3 cup of dry twice a day. Both good products and grain free. Wet cat food brand is - Merrick Purrfect Bistro. Dry cat food is - Performatrin Ultra, Kitten formula.
He's about 11-12 pounds.


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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2017 10:34 pm 
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I'm trying to edit the above post but can't seem to figure it out.
I meant to ask how much I should be feeding my 9 month old male bengal and wanted to state that the 1/4 of wet is a 1/4 of a can. I'm not sure if I'm over or under feeding him. Also if he's getting enough protein. I do give him a couple of treats as well. Mostly all natural freeze dried or good brands I've read about.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions.


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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 12:27 am 
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Natasha75 wrote:
I'm trying to edit the above post but can't seem to figure it out.
I meant to ask how much I should be feeding my 9 month old male bengal and wanted to state that the 1/4 of wet is a 1/4 of a can. I'm not sure if I'm over or under feeding him. Also if he's getting enough protein. I do give him a couple of treats as well. Mostly all natural freeze dried or good brands I've read about.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions.


Welcome to one of the contradicting subjects on the net. Here's a source:
http://www.petmd.com/blogs/nutritionnug ... _cat-23694

However, I always found the net full of contradicting info about food for pets. But generally if you're using dry or canned food, it's specified on the packaging depending on your pet's age and weight.

My advice regardless of type of food you're using is:
1) do not free feed your cat. Make sure you have specific timing for the meals.
2) once your cat gets distracted or takes a break from eating, remove the food immediately to prevent overeating. Don't serve again any food till the next scheduled meal.
3) if you're act is not active most of the time, it could be a sign of overeating or insufficient portions (assuming no health issues).

These are the guidelines I follow in my cat's raw food diet.


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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 3:37 pm 
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Thank you for the response. Yea I thought perhaps I was under feeding him. He eats twice a day at scheduled times. I looked on the packaging and my confusion was because both packaging is different and doesn't tell me how much to feed with the combined wet/dry. Will look at your link now. Thanks again!


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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 4:32 pm 
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You are going to get conflicting "opinions" about feeding. Many cats are "grazers" and they eat periodically throughout the day. Your kitty is still a kitten and should eat frequent meals. When you feed a combination of wet and dry, it is difficult to gauge the right amount of food. There are instructions on the cans and the bag of dry food. That's what you should go by. Your boy should continue to grow.

Everyone has their own way of raising children -- it's the same with pets! We all do things differently and our members here will post different answers. We aren't experts except that we own cats. We are just telling you what we do or what we think you should do.

Weight your cat periodically. At annual vet visits, your vet will determine whether your baby is underweight, normal or overweight. For the time being, since he still is growing, he needs the nutrients, so if he's hungry, feed him! After all, when you're hungry, don't you eat? Do you eat only two meals a day? I believe ALL cats need at least 3 meals day -- and kittens need 5 to 6.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:46 am 
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Sherry wrote:
You are going to get conflicting "opinions" about feeding. Many cats are "grazers" and they eat periodically throughout the day. Your kitty is still a kitten and should eat frequent meals. When you feed a combination of wet and dry, it is difficult to gauge the right amount of food. There are instructions on the cans and the bag of dry food. That's what you should go by. Your boy should continue to grow.

Everyone has their own way of raising children -- it's the same with pets! We all do things differently and our members here will post different answers. We aren't experts except that we own cats. We are just telling you what we do or what we think you should do.

Weight your cat periodically. At annual vet visits, your vet will determine whether your baby is underweight, normal or overweight. For the time being, since he still is growing, he needs the nutrients, so if he's hungry, feed him! After all, when you're hungry, don't you eat? Do you eat only two meals a day? I believe ALL cats need at least 3 meals day -- and kittens need 5 to 6.


How does someone that works feed a kitten 5-6 times a day?
Im feeding kitten raw food morning and night and i put a serve of biscuits in her bowl in the morning. She eats the wet in 1-2 sittings each time and grazes the biscuits and they are mostly gone by the end of the day. I guess her eating the meat in different sittings is essentially her eating 4-5 times a day?

I put her on the scales when i got her and again last night, she has put on about 300-400 grams and is looking more healthy (she looked a bit skinny after not eating for 48 hours when i got her home) so im guessing she is getting a good amount of food :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:54 am 
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00steve wrote:
How does someone that works feed a kitten 5-6 times a day?
Im feeding kitten raw food morning and night and i put a serve of biscuits in her bowl in the morning. She eats the wet in 1-2 sittings each time and grazes the biscuits and they are mostly gone by the end of the day. I guess her eating the meat in different sittings is essentially her eating 4-5 times a day?

I put her on the scales when i got her and again last night, she has put on about 300-400 grams and is looking more healthy (she looked a bit skinny after not eating for 48 hours when i got her home) so im guessing she is getting a good amount of food :)


As Sherry stated, we are no experts. We are just sharing what's working for us.

And I agree with you. At first I was feeding my Snickers at 10 weeks old four to five times a day. But I noticed her portions got bigger per meal by the 12th week. And she was getting lazy from overeating.

Keep in mind, most Home raised pets suffer from overeating and imbalanced nutrition.

When Snickers got diarrhea on her 11th week, defently I went on stuffing her with frequent meals to help her recover. But now she's growing healthy and gaining weight normally I found it's advantageous to feed her but not to fill her belly:
1) she always look forward for her next meal
2) she doesn't play with her food
3) she remains active after her meal, instead of becoming lazy and sleepy
4) more disciplined
5) she eats her raw food out of the fridge, no heating is required
...etc.

Trust I suffered at first with her diet, and there's a thread I started reflecting my trials and errors. This is what worked for her in the end.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:11 pm 
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Frequent feedings for a kitten, you aren't giving them a whole lot of food. Their tummies are small and fill up rather easily. For most people who work and are gone for most of the day, dry food is the only way to go. This allows your kitty to eat when they are hungry. A 9-month old kitty will fare better than a 3-month old kitten in letting it go longer between meals. Sometimes you have to think of your kitten as a baby. Nobody allows their baby to go 10 hours without eating. As "parents," we can only do what we can do. However, if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, I would recommend a bowl with dry food and plenty of fresh water. My greatest fear was something would happen to me and I wouldn't be able to get home and feed my cat -- and then my kitty would starve. A year ago, I had to rush my husband to the ER and I completely forgot to feed TWO cats. I figured we'd be back home in no time. 14 hours later, I get home to two ravishing cats and I felt horrible. Now, I make sure the dry bowl is filled at all times.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:15 am 
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I feed her wet food and i fill her bowl with dry in the morning when i leave. She usually eats half the wet food then and the rest at some other point and grazes on the biscuits through the day. They are never gone completely when i feed her wet food at night so she must have enough :)

I have a water fountain for her so plenty of fresh water :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:04 pm 
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I have a water fountain, too. In the cabinet! Raiden thinks it is a toy! And wants to splash in it rather than drink from it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:09 am 
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Thanks for all the amazing advice!!!


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