How do you work out how much wet cat food your cat should eat daily when everything is so confusing? In an act of great wisdom, the experts tell us that the cat obesity epidemic is due to over-feeding your cat. But how do you work out how much to feed your cat? I’m finding it quite confusing. In fact I’m finding it very confusing for various reasons. It’s very difficult to find a benchmark standard because cats vary in their activity levels and age et cetera, but one aspect of this process is disappointing. The pet food manufacturers lack transparency in their labelling.
For example, some cans of wet cat food list the calorie content of the can. But they refer to kcal rather than Calories. As it happens they mean the same thing but do all cat owners know this? It has to be a capital “C” in order for it to mean the same thing by the way. That’s another awful confusion. The problem is that the language regarding calories needs to be cleaned up.
However, I do believe despite these obstacles that what is needed is a benchmark. We need to know how much wet cat food a standard size cat of about 10 pounds should eat every day in order to maintain a stable and proper weight. If we know this we can work out using adjustments if necessary how much our cat needs. Perhaps then the average cat owner can understand how much to feed their cat and control it. I hope too that they limit dry cat food. I am sure that a lot of cat owners simple have open feeding of dry food.
I will try an produce a benchmark. My research indicates that the standard cat of 10 pounds in weight requires around 270 calories daily. This figure varies slightly. My research also indicates that a 3 ounce can of wet cat food contains about 125 calories.
Although when I read the label of one can of wet cat food from the manufacturer Royal Canin they say that the “diet” (I think they mean the can) contains 834 kcal. Then they go on to say that it contains 71 kcal (on an as fed basis). I have no idea what this all means as it is utterly confusing. I think they deliberately confuse customers! I hate to say it but it looks that way.
I decided to ignore the label and proceed on the basis that a 3 ounce can, as mentioned, contains about 125 calories as the source of this information is reliable.
On this basis a regular sized cat needs a little more than two 3 ounce cans of wet cat food daily. That should or could be a benchmark.
Shame on pet food manufacturers
However, I am very critical of pet food manufacturers. They should clearly label how many calories a can contains as it should be in a language which people understand. They should use the word “calories” which is in common usage rather than “kcal” followed by some mumbo-jumbo. This simply isn’t good enough.