How much kibble to give my cat?

Determine the adequate amount of dry food for your cat is complicated by the many parameters to take into account. here are the bases to help you get the right amount of kibble for your hairball.

Why control the cat’s food intake?

Your pet’s energy needs are precise: if he expends more energy than he consumes in kibble, he may eventually suffer from malnutrition. Conversely, too much calorie intake can lead to overweight and obesity, disorders that can cause serious illnesses such as diabetes at the origin of many cardiovascular diseases. Your cat will be all the more exposed to this danger if it is sterilized or senior. In short, it is essential to control your cat’s daily amount of kibble in order to maintain him in good health. Ideally, it is advisable to weigh your cat at least once a month in order to monitor the evolution of its weight.

How to ration your cat’s kibble?

Cats are animals carnivorous who prefer to snack several times a day (more than five times) as they would in the wild rather than eat their meal all at once. In principle, felines regulate themselves and stop feeding when their feeling of satiety is fulfilled. To make it easier for you, you can feed your hairball as it sees fit by leaving it kibble in self-service. Studies have shown that a cat which consumes its daily ration of kibble all at once is more prone tooverweight than a congener swallowing the same amount of kibble distributed over several meals. If most cats know how to ration, some greedily consume more kibble than they need. If you have a gluttonous cat at home, a distributor automatic kibbles in silo or gravity will allow better rationing. This solution also has the advantage of keeping the food for longer because it does not deteriorate on prolonged contact with air.

How much kibble to give my cat?

The nutritional needs of the feline vary according to the major stages of its life. In this context, cat food is generally divided into three categories : junior, adult and senior.

During the kitten’s growth

It is a question of guaranteeing the good development of its bones, its muscles and its organs by notably a significant contribution in protein and minerals. We generally recommend:

  • From 4 to 6 months: 4 meals per day each comprising between 55 and 60 g of food;
  • From 6 to 8 months: 3 meals per day each comprising between 60 and 75 g of food;
  • After 8 months: 2 meals per day each comprising approximately 100 g of food.

Adult cat

An adult cat unsterilized healthy daily requires about 55 kilocalories per kilogram. Therefore, if its weight healthy (to be determined with your veterinarian) is 5 kg, he must be fed 5 x 55 kilocalories every day, or 275 kilocalories. Look on the packaging: with a kibble with an energy value of 300 kilocalories per 100 g, you will need to prepare a daily ration of (275/300) x 100 grams, or 90 g;

Aged cat

An elderly cat moves less, especially if he has osteoarthritis, and gains weight easily. His kibble rations must therefore be carefully scrutinized while meeting his needs in proteins and specific nutrients to preserve his health. The recommended amount is 50 to 65 g. His diet must also take into account his possible diseases chronic (renal failure, diabetes, etc.) for which there are suitable foods. To maintain its shape in optimal conditions, it is advisable to develop your pet’s menu with the help of your veterinarian.

During the three major phases of his life, his energy needs should be adjusted according to:

  • His weight ;
  • His lifestyle (indoor or outdoor);
  • Special situations (sterilization, pregnancy);
  • His health.

When to change the doses of kibble for my cat?

The amount of kibble to distribute to your cat will also have to adapt to the events that mark his life. Examples:


It is recommended that a greater amount of protein, fat and calcium be distributed to a pregnant cat. Her daily ration should increase by around 10% each week for the duration of her pregnancy;


With a lactating cat, do not change the type of feeding given during gestation. The special premium kitten kibble promotes the transmission of all the nutrients essential for their development. The amount of kibble should not be restricted. Your cat will be able to regulate itself, but be careful not to overfeed. You will return to its usual diet when weaning the kittens, around 8 weeks;


This intervention changes the behavior of the cat. It is generally estimated that its energy needs drop by 20 to 30% due to reduced physical activity and hormonal disturbances. Rather than reducing your portions, it is better to replace your usual croquettes with croquettes light, suitable for sterilized cats. These will meet his specific nutritional needs while giving him a feeling of satiety that will not disturb his habits too much.

Quantity of kibble for your cat: indicative table

It should be remembered that the energy value of the croquettes differs from one brand to another. Before filling your cat’s bowl, always refer to the table on the kibble packaging. For information :


3 kilos

6 kilos

Sterilized Cat



Indoor cat



Very active cat



Cat at the end of gestation



Lactating pussy



What type of kibble to give your cat?

Faced with the multitude of croquettes available on the market, it will be necessary to make a rigorous selection. The cat is a pure carnivore whose diet must consist mainly of animal protein because the feline needs essential amino acids (taurine, arginine) to stay healthy. Make sure that the package contains:

  • At least 40 to 50% animal protein (meat or fish);
  • Less than 20% of carbohydrates ;
  • An animal fat intake between 15 and 25%;
  • An ash content (minerals) less than 12%;
  • A rate of calcium and phosphorus less than 1%;
  • A level of magnesium less than 0.1%;
  • The less of cereals possible (or none);
  • A presence of omega-3 and omega-6.
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