Feeding a cat isn’t as easy as it seems from the point of view of an outsider. You need to first try it before you can truly know how hard it is. Of course, having a cat at home is a lot more than just feeding them. You will suddenly find yourself in the pet aisle in the supermarket looking for your cat’s food, shampoo, collars, treats, and anything that a cat needs to live a good and a comfortable life.
Once you pick the food that’s right for your cat, it’s time for the feeding, and there are quite a few ways to do it. But, let us focus on the two most popular and practical methods that you can follow in order to successfully feed your beloved cat. Keep in mind that both of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages.
Let us check them out!
Free feeding, as the name suggests, is when you fill out your cat’s bowl and leave it out in the open for them to eat whenever they like.
If you have dry food at home, then this method would work best for it. This is because this type of food doesn’t really spoil easily, unlike fresh, wet food.
One of the most important advantages of this feeding method is that you don’t have to worry about being home at a certain time to feed your cat. If you have a busy schedule then you’re going to love this method of feeding and are more likely to use it. This method is also beneficial if you have more than just 1 cat, since all the cats in your household can eat from the same bowl.
Not only that, but logically speaking, this is the feeding method that your cat prefers. I mean, what’s better than having all the food you can eat whenever you want? That’s exactly why they love it.
Now that we’ve mentioned the advantages of this method, let’s move on to the disadvantages of it, to be fair.
If your household contains more than 1 cat, 1 cat could be more dominant than the other, and end up eating all the food, leaving nothing for the other one.
The other problem you may come across is if your cat eats too much food, which will make it overweight in a record time period. As you may or may not know, some cat breeds are known for eating way beyond their feeling of fullness.
Scheduled, Portion Controlled Feeding
If you got the luxury of being at home, or having someone at home at the right times to feed your kitties, then you are in luck and can actually make use of this feeding method.
This method works very well and is a lot healthier than the previous one. This is because it limits the amount of food you give your cats to a healthy amount.
There are different ways you can do this method. You can either fill out a bowl, give it to your cat, and take it away after a reasonable period of time, after the cat has eaten their fill. People who do this usually leave the food for about 10 to 20 minutes.
The other way you can do is pour out a healthy portion of food for your cat and leave it there for them to eat at their own pace.
This method should be followed especially if your cat has been put on a weight control or a prescription. Those cats need to be fed controlled portions. Another scenario that needs this method to be followed is if your cat needs to be given medications mixed with the food they eat.
If your cat suffers from any illness, medical conditions, or just needs to lose weight, this method will work best and the other one may lead to some problems rather than solve them.
Feeding cats isn’t that easy but it shouldn’t be very difficult either. Follow one of these methods depending on your case and you should be more than fine.