Feeding Guidelines

We have provided general guidelines to understand caloric requirements for cats specific to their life stage and activity level. These are calculated within the Animal Diet Formulator program and based on the energy requirement specifications and calculations detailed by 2006 publication of Nutrient Requirements for Cats in addition to current recommendations published by The Ohio State University.

Disclaimer

These calculations provide general estimates of a dog or cat’s calorie needs, which indicate how much to feed and will change with time and circumstances. The amount of energy a particular dog or cat will finally need is also influenced by other factors such as environment, breed, temperament, insulation characteristics of skin and hair coat, body condition and disease.

For the long term, you will adjust the amount to feed to keep the pet in a healthy, moderate body condition score according to the Body Condition Scoring Chart .

Guidelines

Life State/Condition (Cat) Wt.(lbs.) 1 2 3 5 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Adult - Indoor Sedentary kcal / day 31 49 64 90 123 143 162 180 196 213 228
Adult - Indoor 44 70 92 130 178 207 234 259 283 307 329
Adult - Outdoor, Active 59 94 123 173 237 276 312 346 378 409 439
Kitten - <4 mo, indoor, sedentary 88 141 185 260 356 414 467 518 567 613 658
Kitten - <4 mo, indoor 99 158 208 293 401 465 526 583 638 690 740
Kitten - <4 mo, outdoor, active 147 235 308 433 594 689 779 864 945 1022 1097
Kitten - 4 - 9 mo, indoor, sedentary 77 123 162 228 312 362 409 454 496 537 576
Kitten - 4 - 9 mo, indoor 82 130 171 241 330 383 432 479 524 567 609
Kitten - 4 - 9 mo, outdoor, active 118 188 246 347 475 552 623 691 756 818 878
Kitten - 9 - 12 mo, indoor, sedentary 66 106 138 195 267 310 351 389 425 460 494
Kitten - 9 - 12 mo, indoor 66 106 138 195 267 310 351 389 425 460 494
Kitten - 9 - 12 mo, outdoor, active 88 141 185 260 356 414 467 518 567 613 658

Calculation

For ounces per day - (kcal/day)/(kcal/oz) = Ounces to feed daily.
E.g. - 3# sled dog needs 1085/day and recipe offered has 49 kcal/oz. 1085/49=22.14 ounces to feed daily.

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