View Full Version : Caloric needs of cats?

Kiran

May 15th 06, 07:34 AM

Sometime ago, I had a posted a question about how much to feed a cat.

The response I rememebr (from Phil and others) was 20 Kcal per lb of

body weight per day, for a neutered adult. So, for a 5 lb cat it would

be 100 Kcal per day.

However, it struck me that the calculator at

http://www.petdiets.com/default.asp?Menu=Nutrition&Submenu=DER&PageName=

/calculate/der.asp

gives 155 Kcal for the same 5 lb cat.

The difference seems a bit too karge.

Is this just a difference of opinion or are they talking about

different things (can't imagine how)?

Thanks.

Phil P.

May 15th 06, 10:00 AM

"Kiran" > wrote in message

...

> Sometime ago, I had a posted a question about how much to feed a cat.

> The response I rememebr (from Phil and others) was 20 Kcal per lb of

> body weight per day, for a neutered adult. So, for a 5 lb cat it would

> be 100 Kcal per day.

>

> However, it struck me that the calculator at

>

> http://www.petdiets.com/default.asp?Menu=Nutrition&Submenu=DER&PageName=

> /calculate/der.asp

>

> gives 155 Kcal for the same 5 lb cat.

>

> The difference seems a bit too karge.

>

> Is this just a difference of opinion or are they talking about

> different things (can't imagine how)?

The "calculator" is based on outdated information. Neutered cats require

about 1/3 less kcals. That's why so many cats are overweight or obese.

Phil

Kiran

May 15th 06, 07:27 PM

Phil P. > wrote:

: "Kiran" > wrote

: > Sometime ago, I had a posted a question about how much to feed a cat.

: > The response I rememebr (from Phil and others) was 20 Kcal per lb of

: > body weight per day, for a neutered adult. So, for a 5 lb cat it would

: > be 100 Kcal per day...The calculator at

: > <http://www.petdiets.com/default.asp?Menu=Nutrition&Submenu=DER&PageName=/calculate/der.asp>

: > gives 155 Kcal for the same 5 lb cat. The difference seems a bit too karge.

: > Is this just a difference of opinion or are they talking about

: > different things (can't imagine how)?

:

: The "calculator" is based on outdated information. Neutered cats require

: about 1/3 less kcals. That's why so many cats are overweight or obese.

:

: Phil

Thanks Phil. So it is 100 Kcal per day for 5 lb neutered adult.

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