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    Kelly
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    2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  Kelly on Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:31 pm

    Can anyone else chime in here? I know the old forum had someone who made up an Excel program for this, it was wonderful!
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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  chris10 on Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:05 pm

    Not sure

    In the wild cats need about 140g of mice a day. That comes out to about 5oz. Most canned food is about 5.5oz for a 8-10lb cat a day. I give my kitties 6oz.

    Sorry probably not what your looking for
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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  Siam on Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:34 pm

    I've done the calculations based on 2% body weight for my 9 pound cat and he should get 2.88 ounces of food a day. I'll probably put up the calculations soon and hopefully the member with the excel program will come along to make it easier for everyone. Most people start at the 2% or 3% body weight level and increase as their cats need it to maintain weight or keep from being hungry.
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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  Kelly on Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:18 pm

    chris, good point! Please feel free to make a thread about this, as well.

    We don't even measure exactly, we rough it out and see what keeps everyone at the right weight and active (not recommended for most people, I am sure), but it works for us.

    That's what we love about raw! There isn't only one RIGHT way.


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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  chris10 on Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:31 am

    I don't think I have heard of the % body weight thing. Can someone explain it to me.
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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  artsiekat on Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:58 am

    Hey everyone! I had wondered what happened to those old forums.

    Here is the link to the excel sheet that you can use to calculate the food measurements.

    http://artsiekat.com/forumpics/RawCatDiet.xls

    Some cells are locked (the ones that don't require input), but you can change them. The sheet protection password is 123456

    Hope you like it. Smile
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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  Siam on Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:43 am

    If I don't have excel on my computer will that sheet not work? I still think I'll post a thread on how you do your own calculations so if you could throw this link in there as well I'd appreciate it, I can't see it on this computer though Crying or Very sad It probably works on my other one though.
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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  Kelly on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:26 am

    Yes, I think you must have excel to view it.. most computers come with it though?


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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  Siam on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:47 am

    yeah, I was viewing on a lap top, for some reason it does not have it. My regular computer does though so when i go on that I can see it.
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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  artsiekat on Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:25 pm

    Yeah, you need excel to make it work, these are the percentage for the cat's diet, from the excel sheet:

    2.0% percent of body weight for food per day

    80.0% percent of meat in food
    10.0% percent of bone in food
    5.0% percent of liver in food
    5.0% percent of non-liver organ in food

    So you can do your own calculations, if you don't own a version of excel.

    Oh, and it should be noted that hearts are actually in the meat category, because they are a muscle. And, of course, liver is in it's own category.
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    Re: 2%-3% of body weight?

    Post  Auntie Crazy on Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:27 am

    I think the general consensus is 2% - 4% (rather than 3%). Also, this is truly just a guideline. Inactive cats might be at the low end, very active cats might need even more than 4%.

    If you can see your cat's ribs, he's likely too thin. If you can't feel his ribs with your hand, he's likely overweight. Check your cat's weight regularly - if he's gaining too much, cut back; if he's losing too much, increase what you're feeding. Keep tweaking until you find that "sweet spot". Very Happy

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