Typical advice when it comes to caring for indoor housecats is to feed them smaller meals throughout the day. But according to a recent study that’s not the healthiest for them.
Kate Shoveller, a professor at the University of Guelph’s Department of Animal Biosciences, and her research partner, Adronie Verbrugghe, a veterinarian with Ontario Veterinary College’s Department of Clinical Studies, conducted a short-term study on eight healthy-weight indoor cats under five years old.
Over the course of three, 21 day courses, each cat was exposed to two kinds of feeding schedules. On one regimen, they were fed once in the morning, and on the other, they were fed the same type and amount of food divided into four meals throughout the day.
From day 15 to 21 physical activity was monitored using activity monitors, food intake was recorded daily throughout the study and body weight was measured weekly. Researchers also measured the cats’ metabolism. They discovered that once a day feeding helps cats lose weight and maintain muscle mass as they age.
You can read the study in full here.