With feline obesity becoming a growing problem, it is becoming increasingly important for us to monitor how many calories our cats are consuming. Much like humans, cats have a recommended daily calorie intake, which is dependent on their life stage and their ideal weight. Use the feline calorie calculator below to calculate how many calories your cat needs and how many calories they should be consuming if they need to lose weight.
You will need to know your cat’s ideal weight, which you can find out from your vet, although for an average adult cat, an ideal weight is typically 4-5kg or 8-10lbs.
See below for some tips on safe weight loss.
About the Feline Calorie Calculator
The feline calorie calculator uses a basic formula to determine the resting energy requirements (RER) of felines. The result is a good estimate of how many calories per day you should feed your cat in order to maintain body weight (calorie requirements). To safely lose weight, it is recommended that you feed your cat 80% of their RER, which is shown in the calculator as ‘Calorie Requirements for Weight Loss’.
Neutered cats require fewer calories per day to maintain body weight than intact cats. Kittens also have a much higher calorie requirement. This is reflected in the results. See Pet Obesity Prevention for more details.
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Safe Feline Weight Loss Tips
Below are some tips for helping your cat to lose weight safely:
- A safe weight loss goal is around 0.5kg (~1lb) a month
- Avoid rapid weight loss as this can cause additional problems
- Switch to a ‘light’ diet manufactured by a reputable manufacturer
- Don’t give human food as treats (although boiled fish or boneless chicken may be given as a special treat very occasionally)
- Give specially formulated feline treats that are low in calories
- Put down multiple small meals as opposed to a couple of big meals
- Carefully monitor calorie consumption – including main meals, treats or any additional meals
- Consider keeping a calorie journal
- Offer fresh water if your cat is begging for food, often this alternative will be enough to satisfy them
- If your cat continues to beg, offer a very small food portion
- In multi-cat households, ensure cats are fed individually so you can be sure of what each cat has eaten
- Try introducing some extra play time (10-15 minutes a day) to get your cat moving and burning some calories