Two small meals or a big one?
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More research institutes finalized some studies that
determined the reevaluation of recommendations regarding the way adult healthy
cats should be fed. Animals from the group of Felis, a group that includes our
domestic cat, usually hunt little animals, birds and amphibians which are the
main meal of they day.
Such a hunted specimen, weighting almost 30g, gives about 2
kcal/g (about 60 kcal/animal). To cover the daily portion of calories, a cat has
to hunt 5 such animals, in a natural environment, and this quantity will be
consumed in several meals. Basically, it has been pointed that most cats are
active evenings and nights, feeding themselves respectively with small portions
during these periods.
Indigestion appeared at some animals from the study group and
it was manifested by small skin spots. Further tests proved that it is better
for a cat to eat several meals a day rather than one big meal. It is assumed
that a rich meal that fills up the stomach at maximum capacity won’t be
completely processed because the gastric juice is not enough to cover it, so
part of the food says in the stomach until more gastric juice is secreted. The
aliments left in the stomach will start to degrade until they cause skin
During the daily test, each daily portion of 100g was split
up into two meals, one in the morning and one in the evening. Previously, the
cats ate one single portion of 100g in the evening. This portion included: veal
meat, lam meat, rabbit meat and chicken.
first day, with two portions, no indigestion symptoms appeared. The feeding
process was officially followed for two month and give good results, but still
the Institute Feline Future feels that in a house with one or two cats the food
should be split up three daily meals.
Still, the three daily meal programs were not implemented for
the healthy adult cats. This is a way to feed sick or old cats to allow them to
properly ingest the food they are given. If your cat is a young adult, you can
feed her twice a day with no problems at all as long as the meals are properly
split and they contain just what a cat needs, not more food because if two big
portions are given daily to a cat then the risk of getting her sick is double.
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