pet food portion sizes


Buying the best pet food is one thing, but making sure they get the correct amount of food is another… Whether you’re a doggy person or crazy for cats, we believe that pet portions play a vital role in their nutrition.

Scroll down for information on puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats!

Information for doggy people:

How much food should I feed my puppy

Feeding puppies the correct food is pivotal for their development. However, ensuring that they are getting the correct amount of food is just as important.

The back of the packet/bag is always a good place to start. Reading the label closely should give you an indication as to how much you should fill your puppies bowl. In addition to reading the label, you can buy bowls designed for puppies, meaning that you won’t be tempted to overfeed them.

Here at Parcelpet, we know how tricky it can be to know how much to feed a puppy which is why we’ve devised our super handy puppy feeding guide, which can be found in the get started tab. Tell us your puppy’s name, breed and activity levels, and we’ll do the rest!

How many times a day should I feed my puppy

Again, knowing how often you should be feeding your puppy per day can be a cloudy area. Whilst your vet will be able to make the best recommendations based on examination of your puppy, we have devised a rough guide for dog owners to abide by:

A guide to feeding your puppy

You can also read more about when to change puppy food to dog food.

How much food should I feed my dog

Once your dog has reached maturity their diet stabilises (to an extent!) and therefore knowing how much to feed a dog is a whole lot simpler.

Like with puppies, we recommend that dog owners read the back of the packet/bag closely in order to see just how much food you should be feeding your pet. With the wide variety of dog food on the market, you might be surprised how much variation there is in portion sizes. For example, your dog will need significantly less of a high protein dog food than regular supermarket brands.

For this reason, we have devised a brilliant tool which is essentially a dog food calculator by breed. The calculator can be found under the get started tab of our site and allows you to calculate what food is appropriate for your dog, and how much you should be feeding them.

How many times a day should I feed my dog

Whilst the guide above indicates that most puppies will have reached maturity by 12 months (and therefore should be eating 2 meals per day), for some dogs, and particularly larger breeds, adulthood is not reached until much later on.

When to switch from puppy to adult food

By referring to this guide, you can see when your dog is considered an adult and therefore should be eating the recommended two meals per day.

Tips, tricks & waggy tails

  • Don’t be tempted to overfeed your puppy/dog. Quite often their appetites are much bigger than their stomachs and overfeeding will only cause tummy upsets.
  • Shop around for the best quality food which provides the optimum nutritional benefits for your pooch. Basing their feeding habits on healthy food alternatives will in turn regulate their diet.
  • Don’t forget to always provide fresh water at mealtimes and throughout the day.

Information for cat lovers:

How much should I feed my kitten

Feeding a kitten a balanced diet plays a key role in their development. But, ensuring that they are receiving the correct amount of food too it just as vital.

Once you have selected a kitten food then the label on the packaging should give you a pretty good indication as to how much food you should be feeding your pet per meal. Parcelpet recommends buying a smaller food bowl whilst your cat is still a kitten as this can help regulate the amount of food being given to them.

Knowing your kittens weight (kg) will provide you with detailed information for portion sizes at mealtime by using a kitten feeding guide like the one that can be found in our get started tab. Tell us about your kitten, from their name to their weight, and we can recommend a food and feeding schedule suited to your pet!

How often to feed kittens

The feeding schedule of a kitten is actually a lot less volatile than the feeding schedule of a puppy. Whilst your kitten is three to six months old, we recommend feeding them three times per day. Once your kitten has reached six months you can begin transitioning their amount of meals to two times per day.

An adult cat is considered to be roughly one year old, at which point you can decide whether or not to keep them on two meals per day (the recommended amount) or one meal per day.

How much should I feed my cat

A cat is considered to be an adult from one year +. At this point, you should be familiar with how much food your cat eats.

Cool fact: Cats bodies are super smart and can recognise when they have eaten enough food to intake the nutritional benefits they need!

…that in mind, knowing how much to feed a cat is actually super simple. All you need to do is make sure that you provide them with a suitable, nutritionally balanced and healthy food. That’s the slightly trickier bit – knowing what to feed cats. You can find out more information on hypoallergenic cat food on our site and in our ingredients page under pet nutrition.

You can also head over to our get started tab and tell us your cat’s name, weight (the average cat weight is roughly 3.5 – 4.5 kg) and activity levels and we can make recommendations on a feeding schedule and diet cat food based on this information!

How often to feed a cat

Adult cats should be fed one to two times per day. Whilst most cats are considered adults at 1-year old, larger cat breeds, such as the Maine Coon, don’t stop growing until 18 months. Therefore, it is always important to consult a veterinary expert who can examine your cat and give recommendations based on this.

Tips, tricks & furry tails

  • There are many illnesses associated with an overweight cat, therefore, monitoring their diet is key in ensuring they live a long, healthy and happy life!
  • Some cats can be extremely fickle, but you shouldn’t be too quick to give up on certain foods. Read about cat food for fussy eaters.
  • Water does wonders for meal times so make sure you always provide fresh water when your cat is eating and throughout the day.

The Parcelpet promise

The Parcelpet promise is to put pet nutrition at the forefront of our mission. We strongly believe that by providing recipes with the correct ingredients, in the correct portion sizes, will give your pet the best nutritional benefits.

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