Feeding behavior of the cat fed laboratory and commercial diets

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Using a continuous recording computerized system, an experiment was conducted to examine the feeding and drinking patterns of the cat. Four diets; 1), dry commerical; 2), canned commercial; 3), casein based purified cats during 8 consecutive 7-10 day periods. Mean daily dry matter intake was greater (P<.01) for the dry than the canned diets. Mean daily caloric intake was 71 kcal/kg BW. Drinking water intake was greater (P<.01) during feeding of diet 1. Total water intake (mls/g DM) was highest (P<.01) for diet 2, even though the cats drank no water. There were no differences in meal frequency among diets (16 meals/day). Mean meal size (g DM/meal) was 4.8 g. It is concluded that domestic cats eat many small meals throughout the 24 h period, showing no diurnal cycle. After only a brief adaptive period cats clearly adjusted their dietary intake to their maintenance requirement despite the variable caloric content of the 4 diets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-507
Number of pages9
JournalNutrition Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981


  • cat
  • Food intake
  • water intake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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