Free feed or measure Food?

TeachingTots

Member
Jan 7, 2010
898
0
We free feed our cats (one has a lver condition nd we need to keep her weight p) but when we got our puppy the vet and articles we read say to measure out food. We followed the vets recommendations. Her recommended food amounts followed what we saw on the bag as well.

What do you do with your cats and dogs?
 

buzzytoes

Dog Chauffeur
O.G.
Jun 7, 2008
15,783
768
43
6600 Feet Above Sea Level
I think it depends on your animals' personalities. We have three cats and two dogs - two cats and one dog would be just fine free feeding, but one cat and one dog eat too much and get chubby. Everyone gets their food measured and fed seperately because that's the only way I can make sure everyone is eating their proper amount.

Growing up our dog and cats were free fed and didn't have any problems. I think it's a good idea to measure food when they are babies because they can't self regulate themselves as well. As they grow though they get used to what they need most of the time.
 

oogiewoogie

Life is good.. :)
O.G.
Mar 27, 2007
6,347
6
Beachy SoCAL...♥
Totally depends on the dogs personality.. I have 1 who can free graze all day.. and if she goes too long w/o food her GI is out of balance & the vomiting will start. She's also pretty picky with her food & has a sensitive stomach.

Our 2nd one.. is a little big PIG. Will eat anything and seems to always have food on her mind 24/7. I was leaving out food for both of them in the beginning when the 2nd one was a puppy.... but soon found out that the 2nd one was getting possessive of the food area & not letting the other one eat.

SO... we measure and have a set feeding schedule now just to make sure 1 doesn't over eat.. and 1 doesn't under eat.
 

madamefifi

cat hoarder
O.G.
Aug 23, 2006
5,813
734
virginia
We've never free-fed the dogs--they get fed twice a day--and we stopped free-feeding the cats last spring when we decided to try a raw diet. Now they eat twice a day, as well. The amount isn't precisely measured but I estimate they get about 2 1/2 to 3 oz of food each per meal. Whatever's left over after about 20-25 minutes gets tossed but that almost never happens because they are hungry at mealtimes! Since we stopped the 24/7 kibble buffet they've leaned out nicely.
 

Lakritze

♥
O.G.
Jun 4, 2006
1,054
1
Germany
Never free fed my dogs. My current dog eats twice a day and so do our cats (even though I don't take their bowl away after a couple minutes).
 

GenieBottle26

"Odi et Amo"
Sep 18, 2011
1,711
9
The Beach!!
I give my doggies & kitty free choice food....they regulate their eating pretty well. I really think it depends on the animal & they're personality!
 

stacmck

nail polish addict
O.G.
Feb 11, 2007
19,424
1
42
Pittsburgh, PA
I give my cat canned food twice a day (when I get up in the morning and when I get home from work) and leave dry food out throughout the day. I scoop out 1/2 cup of dry food and that plus the canned food lasts him until the next morning.
 

ILuvShopping

★☆★★☆★★☆★
Jun 4, 2007
23,822
3
Iowa
i say that i give my cats the endless buffet option lol. i had 4 (now 3)and only one is really overweight but i don't feel it has anything to do with how much he eats.
 
I free feed my pup, mainly because it's the only way she will eat. She'll get 1 bowl and much on it on and off all day and sometimes still have left overs. However, our most recent visit to the vet suggests I should be measuring because she needs to lose 5 lbs? I'm not sure how since she's the pickiest eater ever, but I'm trying to measure per the back of the bag now.