It is best to buy a quality cat food. Some cat foods may cause a cat to get diarrhea or have an upset stomach. If the cat has a tendency to eat its food fast, that is fine, but do not refill the bowl, only give the recommended amount per day. Some cats will eat only when hungry and you can leave a bowl down for them and fill it as needed. Some cats you may have to regulate their food intake. I feel it is best to give a dry cat food. I do not feel it is necessary to give the cat moist food unless it is a kitten or an underweight cat. You may want to give it to your cat as a treat every now and then, but be careful that you do not spoil it with soft food or it may not want to eat its hard food, which helps keep their teeth clean and free from tarter build up.
Recommended Daily Food Chart-Adult Cats
|Cat's Weight (lbs.)||Recommended Daily Amount|
|3 to 6||1/4 to 1/3 cup|
|7 to 12||1/3 to 1/2 cup|
|13 to 18||1/2 to 3/4|
Make sure you get a cat food that has the essential nutrients recommended. You should check the nutritional value on the bag and make sure that it has the daily recommended nutrients.
How often: It is usually recommended to feed a cat once a day.
Kittens require more nutrients and it is best to feed soft canned food 2-3 times a day, depending on age, as well as leave dry food down for them. Then slowly over time reduce the amount of canned food.
If the cat has a tendency to eat its food fast, that is fine, but do not refill the bowl, only give the recommended amount per day. Most cats will eat only when hungry and you can leave a bowl down for them and fill it as needed. With some cats you may have to regulate their food intake to avoid obesity.
It is best NOT to over-feed your cat. Over-eating can cause obesity which can lead to serious health problems.