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Best Cat Feeding Time and Schedule

Best Cat Feeding Time and Schedule

Proper feeding and nutrition is an important consideration for every cat owner. You want to make sure that health requirements are met. On the other hand, you also want to want to prevent your cat from overeating, as obesity can cause for bigger health problems later on. Some cat owners choose the “free feeding” method, where the cat has free access to food anytime, while others apply “portion control” and feed their cat more than once a day. But following a cat feeding schedule, alongside close weight monitoring, can definitely help you ensure that your cat gets the nutrition he needs every day.

So, what’s the best cat feeding schedule? Cats are pretty much like people, in that, every cat may have different needs and requirements. How much to feed a cat, how often should you feed him, and what types of food are just some of the questions that you might be asking. Knowing about the basics of feline habits and physical needs can help you can come up with an ideal feeding schedule for your cat. Here are a few things you must remember about cats:

·         Cats are creatures of habit. A consistent feeding routine makes your cat feel more secure.

·         Cats usually get hungry 8-10 hours after the last meal. Feeding your cat once or twice a day is generally acceptable.

·         Cats that suddenly show loss of appetite are likely ill.

·         Kittens have different feeding requirements compared to adult cats. See our detailed kitten feeding schedule and guide.

·         Some cats are more finicky than others. You may have to combine wet and dry food, switch food brands occasionally, and make adjustments according to your cat’s eating habits. 

·         A cat’s daily calorie requirement would depend on his weight. Referring to a cat feeding schedule chart could serve as your guide in making sure your cat is eating healthy.

How Often Should I Feed My Cat?

How often should cat owners feed their pets? The answers would vary according to some factors, according to your cat’s age, health, preference, and habits.

Your Cat’s Age

Kittens would require more food per pound and thus, more frequent feeding time until they’re about six months old. Based on this kitten feeding schedule, kittens need to be fed lee frequently as they grow older. At six months onwards, feeding your cat once or twice a day is considered sufficient and is common practice, given that the cat maintains a healthy weight.

Specific Health Needs

Diet and feeding would also have to be adjusted if your cat has a health condition. For instance, veterinarians commonly advise feeding diabetic cats at the times when they’re administered insulin. In some cases, cats may develop gum or mouth problems, which would call for finer sized kibbles or wet canned food to help them chew easier. Your vet would offer recommendations on feeding in case your cat falls ill or has a health condition.

Food Preferences

You may be wondering if it’s better to feed your cat wet or dry food. Both types of food have their own advantages. You can certainly feed your cat a combination of wet and dry cat food for a healthier, well-rounded diet. The varying textures could be exciting for your pet, too. However, your cat may actually prefer one type over another and this is of course, something you’d also need to consider.

Feeding your cat specific portions at certain times of the day comes with several advantages. For one, you can schedule feeding, according to your own schedule, in consideration of your cat’s eating habits. “Free feeding” or leaving out food available to your cat all day can be a cause for obesity. It would be a better idea to provide treats or snacks in between meals if your cat begs for food.

Portion-controlled meal feeding also makes it easier for you to monitor your cat’s eating habits and see right away if there is an arising health problem. If there are changes in appetite levels, or if you notice anything like your cat guarding his food or speed-eating, you might need to have him checked by the vet. If your cat is sick, it’s also easier to administer medicine with meal-feeding.

Cat Feeding Guide: Wet and Dry Food

Combining a diet of wet and dry food can be good for your cat. Dry food is easier to store, but lack the moisture that can be found in wet cat food. The following cat feeding schedule template can help you better estimate how much and how often you should feed your cat.


So how does this feeding chart work? As you can see, the schedule takes into consideration how much your cat weighs, his daily caloric requirements, and how much wet and dry food you can feed him in order to meet those requirements. Every cat has different caloric needs, depending not only on weight, but also on how active they are, whether or not they’re neutered prone to obesity, and other “lifestyle factors.” You can use some an online calculator to determine your cat’s unique calorie needs.

The cat feeding guide by weight will help you maintain a healthy weight for your cat. As an example, a cat weighing 10lbs can be fed roughly 230 calories per day. Check his weight every week. If your cat is gaining or losing weight, you definitely have to make some feeding adjustments.  Read the nutrition labels on your wet and dry the cat food. Check for caloric content on the label and divide this number to your cat’s daily calorie requirement. The total is the number of calories your cat needs to consume within a 24-hour period.


Feeding cats properly isn’t exactly rocket science. As long as you understand your cat’s preferences and needs, you can come up and follow a healthy feeding schedule for your cat. If this is the first time, you’re hearing about the advantages of a good feeding schedule, it’s certainly worth considering if you want to ensure that your pet grows healthy. Just remember to ensure your cat is getting the nutrition and calories he needs. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to consult your vet.


7 comments on “Best Cat Feeding Time and Schedule”


January 21, 2021 at 05:55

Angela Canter says:

But my 8 months old kitten does not eat dry at all So, how to read your chart? Weight 6.30. Please reply


January 21, 2021 at 10:58

Shavonda Joseph says:

If she is eating her wet food, I wouldn’t worry. You could try zapping the dry food in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. If it’s getting a bit stale that may take care of the problem. If she stops eating completely or shows other symptoms (excessive vomiting, excessive diarrhea, seizures, etc) take her to the vet and take a sample of the food with her.


May 31, 2021 at 11:54

gerrie castiglione says:

i feed my 2 cats at 7 a.m. and then fill their bowl again at 5 p.m. they get alittle treat around 8 30..should i fill their bow again since i do feed them twice already or can they wait till morning


February 13, 2023 at 08:09

Melanie says:

gerrie castiglione, I think that would depend on the total amount of food/calories your cats are getting with the feedings you are currently doing. If you are feeding them sufficient calories for the day already, and they are happy and healthy, then there would be no need to increase the size of that last snack.


December 01, 2022 at 08:14

lasixcault says:

I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for magnificent information I was looking for this information for my mission.


December 02, 2022 at 08:49

Hilary Austin says:

My 14 yr old cat is so fussy, one minute she loves a brand, then the next refuses to eat it. I am throwing away a lot of food. She has been checked over by the vet and is fit & healthy. I have tried all different types of food. She gets fed up with it all so quickly. What to do??


March 18, 2023 at 05:17

Lee Centurino says:

Hilary Austin, don't throw the food out. Donate it to your local food pantry. Help people feed their pets.

December 28, 2022 at 10:58

мамашки says:

Major thanks for the article post. Much thanks again.


March 16, 2023 at 12:41

Brigitte says:

My cat is a female almost 2 years and doesn’t like wet food. I know that it’s recommended to have wet and dry but she just doesn’t like wet food. She drinks well and I always make sure that she has fresh purified water. She’s not a fan of treats (I’ve tried so many) except the licking ones. I give her half a tube a day. Is there a way to gets her to eat wet food?

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