Food and Water Tips
Courtesy of Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycatallies.org)
Feeding your cats year-round at a regular time (preferably daylight), will keep them healthy and strong. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re feeding the kitties:
- Adult cats eat about 5.5 ounces of wet food and 2 ounces of dry food per day (half a cup if only dry). Cats’ needs vary though, so adjust to how much you see them actually eating in a reasonable period of time.
- If the cats eat all the food in 15 minutes or less, they may need more. If there’s always food left after 30 minutes, you might be giving them too much.
- Cats love canned wet food, but dry food is just as nutritious.
- Don’t leave uneaten food out for more than 30 minutes—it attracts bugs.
- Keep the feeding area clean and in one maintained location—it’s better for the cats’ health and the community.
- Don’t worry if some cats eat before others. Felines with seniority in the cat community may eat before others who are lower on the social scale. You shouldn’t try to manage this interaction. It’s a cat thing.
- Weather changes mean feeding changes, so check out our Winter Weather Tips and Summer Weather Tips for helpful info like how to keep cats’ food ant-free.
- When daylight savings approaches, feed the cats 10 minutes earlier or later (depending on spring or fall) every day for a week. The cats will adjust and you can resume your schedule.
Cats need clean water every day, in all conditions. During the winter, there are tons of ways to keep water from freezing, like using heated water bowls and shielding the bowls from wind. Check out more ways to keep your kitty’s water from turning into an ice rink in our Winter Weather Tips.
In the summertime, water is extremely important, so make sure the cats have ample sources. Check out our tips for keeping your cats well-hydrated in our Summer Weather Tips.