RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Wed Dec 28, '11 11:28am PST |
|I feed Blue Wilderness dry chicken, have been for 5 yrs, and mine are show cats. They cannot be overweight, or underweight.
The feeding guide, on the bag, is just that, a guide, a place to start, and you have to adjust up or down, depending the cats age, level of activity, weight (under/over), and metabalizim.
One cup, per day, for an overweight cat, is way too much. I used to free feed too, and Bump got overweight, judges said so, my vet confirmed it. She told me I "had" to sched feed, had to. They eat in their carriers, and nobody comes out, until everybody is done eating. Its also a good way, to monitor, just how much they are eating, and if one is not eating, or one is throwing up.
One of my cats, whose mission in life is to eat, she went to school for it, mol, did not eat her breakfast. She went in that morning. Saved her life, turned out she had liver issues.
It only took Bump about 3 days to get the hang of it, what was put in front of him, is what he gets, until the next feeding. I feed twice a day. The kittens really didn't know any better, the breeder free fed them, they figured it out in 1 day.
The kittens obviously got fed more, and I didn't need Bump eating theirs, plus they were fed kitten food, which is higher in calories.
Kittens need to be fed kitten food. Blue Wilderness has a kitten food, 403 kcal/cup, which you don't want the 3 yr old eating. http://www.bluebuffalo.com/cat-food/wilderness-kitten
BW chicken is 391 kcal/cup, BW salmon is 396 kcal/cup, BW duck is 391 kcal/cup.
Little boy kitties should not be fed any fishy foods, as fish is one, of many, causes of crystals. My vet said not to feed duck, forget now why. But the chicken is what Bump picked, and has to eat, he is a heart kitty.
Take your 3 yr old, to the vet, with what bag(s) of food you feed. The vet can determine, if the kitty is overweight, and based on the calorie count, how much to feed, per day, and this is broken into 2 feedings, or 3 if you prefer.
If you free feed, you never really know, who is eating, how much. If the older kitty is eating all or most of it, if the kitten is not getting enuff, or if the older kitty, is not eating. Just feed them in their carriers, and feeding in carriers, is a great way, to teach them how to load, which can come in real handy, in an emergency. I was glad my kittens did this, had a fire, at their first show hotel, they were 7 months old, and ran under the bed. Loading on command, saved their lifes.
Believe it or not, Bump gets 1/8 cup, twice a day, and other than his 1 teaspoon baby food, mixed with water, to keep him flushed out, as he will not, at all, eat any wet, period, this is all he gets. And this boy ain't thin. The judges would have said so, they wouldn't be placing him, and my vet would have said so. The kittens get 1/4 cup, twice a day. I wouldn't want them to get any more, or they would be too fat. And this amount, is per my vet, she figured the kcal count.
You also want to stay away from Purina, alot of kitties and doggies getting sick, you can do a search for Purina complaints, under consumer affairs, or if you want to PM me, I will give you the link.
So take the kitty, and the kitten to the vet, along with the bag of food, and your vet can determine, how much they should be fed, per day. Feed them in their carriers. If Bump, the kitty that grazed like a horsie, ate like a truck driver, and called 911 from his carrier, and told them, he is being starved, and my vet said, you "have" to do it, can figure it out, any kitty can, mol. Best of luck.