Sometimes pets share our bad habits, including snacking a little too often. Is your cat overeating? Find out how much your cat should be eating, along with tips to combat their feeding frenzy. For instance, one of the best ways to make sure your feline doesn’t overeat is with an automatic cat feeder.
Is your cat overeating? How to tell
Your cat is, well, chonky.
Unfortunately, 60-70% of cats in the United States are considered overweight to obese. It can be hard to pin down a healthy cat weight, but many veterinarians follow the Purina Body Condition Score (BCS). See for yourself what a cat with an ideal body weight looks like, versus a cat that is overweight:
If you can’t easily feel your cat’s ribs, view a clear waistline from above, or see a visible tummy tuck from the side, your cat may be overweight or obese.
Your cat throws up after eating.
If your cat vomits after meals, there could be several reasons related to overeating.
One, your cat gorges. This is more likely if you practice free feeding, or leaving large amounts of dry food in a bowl or feeder available for 24/7 access. If your cat doesn’t learn to pace himself from an early age, there is a chance that he will gorge on excessive amounts of dry food. This can lead to vomiting and, eventually, obesity.
Two, your cat eats too quickly. If you practice meal feeding, or offering food several times a day in the canned and/or wet form, your cat may be guilty of the “scarf and barf” technique. This type of eating may not necessarily lead to obesity, but it does create discomfort for your cat and a mess for you.
Have you ever wondered, why does my cat eat so much? You’re not alone. However, if your cat generally appears ravenous and is often begging for food, you may want to make an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out any medical conditions. For example, an increase in appetite could indicate hyperthyroidism, hypertension, or inflammatory bowel disease in cats.
How much should you feed your cat?
Dr. Justine Lee explores this topic at length in another blog post. We’ll boil it down to the essentials here. According to Dr. Lee, adult cats generally require 20 kcals per pound of cat. This means your healthy, 10-pound adult cat should eat 200 calories a day.
Unfortunately, the pet food industry is not required to list how many calories are in a can or a cup of cat food—which can make feeding time a frustrating guessing game for pet parents.
Dr. Lee’s general rule is that you should feed your adult cat 1/4 cup of dry food twice a day, and approximately 1/4-1/2 can of canned food (grueled with more water) as a snack.
Try an automatic cat feeder
So, is your cat overeating? Whether he has been gorging on dry food or you’ve accidentally been overfeeding him, it’s time to get back on track.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your cat is receiving a healthy amount of food on time, every time? An automatic cat feeder!
From the makers of Litter-Robot comes the WiFi-enabled, automatic cat feeder, Feeder-Robot. The Feeder-Robot is an automatic cat feeder and dog feeder that allows you to monitor and control your pet’s feeding habits from your phone. You can set your preferred number of portion-controlled meals per day to help your pet stay healthy. Plus, it’s the first automatic cat feeder that allows you to set a feeding schedule from either the unit control panel or on the app (or both!).
Remember how we said that you should feed your adult cat 1/4 cup of dry food twice a day? The Feeder-Robot conveniently dispenses dry food in 1/4-cup increments (up to 1 cup total per meal).
Finally, if you’re confident that your cat won’t gorge himself from free feeding, you can enable Gravity Mode on the Feeder-Robot. Gravity Mode ensures that the food bowl stays full based on a check every 6 hours.
How reliable is an automatic cat feeder?
You may be nervous about relying on an appliance to feed your furry family members. With the Feeder-Robot, enjoy peace of mind knowing your pet will be fed the right amount on time, every time—even if the unit goes offline. And if food is not dispensed for any reason, you will be notified by the unit and the app.
How does it work? The sophisticated hardware in the timed pet feeder detects food backup and features anti-jam technology to prevent missed meals. Even if the unit goes offline, your pet's feeding schedule is saved and will continue to dispense. Finally, the built-in backup battery also provides 24 hours of use in power-saving mode.
Whether you’re dealing with a cat overeating or looking to simplify mealtime in your pet household, an automatic cat feeder is the way to go. Order your Feeder-Robot today!