How To Measure Pet Food

01/02/2016 0 Comment(s) Other,

 

This time we'll discuss the formula for measuring the amount of food to give to your pet.

 

And no, it's not directly proportional to the amount of love you have for him. Too much food can make a dog obese, the typical gorging Labradors are a good example with huge barrel bodies and a head that looks smaller than the rest of the body and too little food can make dogs look miserable with their ribs visible from a distance and SOS written on their face.

 

Adult dogs generally need to be fed twice a day whereas pups might need to be fed three to four times a day. The amount of food to give to your pet is based on his caloric requirement which in turn is calculated by the weight and physical activity of your pet. Too much mumbo jumbo? Thought so. Basically all you have to do is figure out the exact weight of your pet and what kind of lifestyle he has. Is he active, hyper active, inactive, working, growing, pregnant, or geriatric? The amount of food will be affected by it but for a general measurement here is the Kilocalorie requirements of average healthy pets:

 

For Cats:

Weight (kg) Kilocalories/day
1.0 100
1.5 130
2.0 160
2.5 180
3.0 210
3.5 230
4.0 250
4.5 270
5.0 290
5.5 310
6.0 330
6.5 350
7.0 370

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: These recommendations are for guidance only. Cats are individuals and some may have higher or lower requirements in order to maintain an ideal, trim body condition.

 

For Dogs:

Weight (kg) Kilocalories/day
2 140
3 190
4 240
5 280
6 320
7 360
8 400
9 440
10 470
11 510
12 540
13 580
14 610
15 640
16 670
17 700
18 730
19 760
20 790
21 820
22 850
23 880
24 910
25 940
26 970
27 1000
28 1020
29 1050
30 1080
31 1100
32 1130
33 1160
34 1180
35 1210
36 1240
37 1260
38 1290
39 1310
40 1340
41 1360
42 1390
43 1410
44 1440
45 1460
46 1480
47 1510
48 1530
49 1560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: These recommendations are for guidance only.Dogs are individuals and some may have higher or lower caloric requirements in order to maintain an ideal,trim body condition.

 

Now comes the tricky part, figuring out what food contains how many calories. You can either go for packaged pet food which shows the amount of calories in each serving or give home made food checking the calories of the ingredients beforehand. But if you go for a homemade diet make sure to keep it balanced containing enough fibre and water content.
Now you have an idea of how much food you need to be giving your pet, to keep him in perfect shape and health.

 

At Petville Pet Store we stock a wide variety of pet foods that meet the daily dietary requirements of your pet dog and/or cat.