I am currently struggling with finding a good brand of cat food for my year old cat. I am also struggling with the proper amount to feed him since all the bags of food and cans have different amounts. I feed my cat a mix of wet and dry, and currently he gets 4 meals a day, two wet and two dry. I do not leave his dry food out, but I would like to be able to do this and need help figuring out how to get him to NOT eat the entire bowl at once. Everyone I know who has a cat leaves the dry food out and feeds the cat their wet meals only. It would be so much more convenient for me if I could do this too, but the few times I have tried my cat acted like a vacuum and would have eaten the whole bowl if I didn't remove the food. For his dry food I am feeding him 'I and Love and You Naked Essentials Salmon and Trout Grain-Free'. I like this brand and have no problem with the food. As for the amount I give him daily it is confusing for me because the amount it says on the bag I assume is what you should feed if giving dry food only and not a combo of wet and dry. I have tried to look up this answer online but I can't seem to find a straight answer for how much to feed when giving both wet AND dry. I can see why most cats are overweight, they make it so hard to know the proper amount to feed.
My cat is about 9 pounds, and gets a fairly good amount of exercise. He is a pretty active cat and has an athletic build. I think he might be part Bombay, but I'm not 100% certain of this, but he does have many of the Bombay attributes. For his dry food I have a 1/4 cup scoop that I use to get it out with. His food bag says for his weight he should get 1/2 cup per day, but I give him wet as well so I don't know if this changes the amount. The 1/4 cup scoop I usually fill about 3/4 of the way full, and this is one meal. He gets this twice a day. For his wet food I give him a variety of human grade foods. I started off giving him the 'I and Love and You' wet food but then stopped because I wasn't sure of the quality of the food. So for the past maybe 4 or 5 months I have been feeding him Safe Catch Wild Pink Salmon, Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast and Wild Planet Skipjack Wild Tuna. I get the ones with no salt added! I know too much salt is not good for cats. I also give him the package Starkist low sodium tuna and at least once a week he gets some freshly scrambled eggs (no butter) mixed into his food. He has a variety of different treats, but he only gets a certain amount a day, some days he gets less, some more. I do also occasionally give him almond milk as a treat, no carrageenan in it! He gets two wet food meals per day, these are in the middle of his dry food meals. It is hard for me to give an exact amount, but I'd say it might be around 2oz of wet. I use 5.5oz cans, but I do not give him half at a time, it is less than half. I normally get maybe 2.5 meals from one can. I worry I may be underfeeding my cat, but honestly half the can looks like way too much food to me. And they say to give one 3oz can for a meal, which also looks like way too much food. But once again, my cat gets dry as well, so I'm not sure if this amount is for feeding alone or with the dry. In any event, my cat doesn't appear to be too thin and he doesn't seem to be acting starving. His hip bones go in slightly, but not too much.
Another concern of mine though is that maybe he isn't getting all of the vitamins and nutrients he should be since I'm not feeding him cat food. His stools for the most part appear solid, but I still have issues on occasion where I find a spot of liquidy poo on the rug or he gets poo on his tail and ends up smearing it on the walls. I know this isn't normal and I can't help but think it's because of the food I'm giving him. I just want to give my cat the best I can afford and I'm disappointed in most of the choices out there for cat food. I'd prefer to feed him an all natural or organic brand, but I am limited due to the expense of it. Is it okay to continue feeding him this food? Should I switch back to the 'I and Love and You' wet food? Am I feeding him the correct amount? I welcome all recommendations for food brands or even home made cat food options. I'd love to make him my own food if I can. I hate pate and think it's gross, I prefer the chunked or flaked type of food. I want my cat food to actually look like real food and not slop. I have considered the brand American Journey that Chewy sells. It is supposed to be made in America, which I like. Has anyone used this food, is it any good? Does anyone else use I and Love and You, do you like this brand? I appreciate any advice. Thank you.
EDIT; I also wanted to add on the subject of making homemade cat food, is it okay to give different types of food? For example, would it be okay to give him chicken one meal and then salmon for another? I know cats can be sensitive to change, and I think my cat has a bit of a sensitive stomach. But if the food is made fresh and using all healthy ingredients does this matter? I don't want to feed him the same food everyday. This also applies for wet cat food. I read somewhere that you should transition slowly if giving the cat a new flavour, but this made no sense to me. Wet food comes in variety packs, and you can give them a different flavour every meal. As long as it's the same brand of wet food this should not be a problem. Or am I wrong? I never heard anyone say this before, but it confused me and now I'm doubting myself.