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6 month old cat is eating a small amount of food

I have a 6 month old cat who I've raised on a home raised diet.

He has been eating his regular food, along with some small amounts of commercial food. He also has a lot of wet food from his previous owners which has been in his bowl since he came into my possession. Now that he is 6 months old, he is starting to eat a small amount of dry food.

My question is, what is a good ratio of dry food to wet food for a cat like this, considering his age and overall health?

Thank you

A:

For a healthy adult cat I recommend 1/2 - 3/4 dry to 1/2 wet, and a minimum of 1/2-2 pounds dry food (at 1/2 the recommended daily intake). Dry food should be high in protein and low in fiber.

A ratio of 1/4-1/2 dry to 1/4 wet may be better for a cat that has a high digestive problem.

I also recommend you don't keep both types of food in the same bowl as he'll mix them together. I keep dry in a separate bowl that I only give to him, and wet in a larger bowl that I just put in the fridge. He only gets the wet as it's room temp for eating.

My cat has had a diet like that for a couple of years now. We have only dry food now. Her favorite is a brand called "Herbalife", but there are lots of good brands, even at the dollar store.

If you need a source, I'm not familiar with the local pet store, but I believe they'll be happy to order from a wholesaler. I'm sure they sell it online too, but haven't shopped there in a long time. My last cat liked Pedigree.

In terms of "too much", the most common reason for a cat to stop eating is too much food. So I suggest you try starting with the minimum amount of dry food, and adding wet as he eats more dry. If you want to go back to only dry for a while, and get back to dry/wet, you can try the opposite. Just be sure to keep track of how much he eats of each type.