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I have two cats, one a 6 year old maine coon, and the other an 2 year old tabby.
Primarily, the wife and I have just let them eat from one of those trough type dishes, where you fill the reservoir, and don't have to fill it again for a week or so until they've eaten through it all.
Lately though, they've been overeating something fierce. Now if they were just getting fat from this, that wouldn't be that big a deal. What is becoming a big deal is that they're eating so damn much that they're vomiting. At least once a week, I've been finding myself having to clean up kitty vomit from several spots around the house when I get up some mornings.
As such, I want to move them to a set feeding schedule, and control how much they're allowed to eat. What I'd like to know, from other people that feed their cats this way, is what kind of schedule is best to feed them? I'm thinking once in the morning, when we get up, and then again in the evening when we get home from work. The absolute longest they'd ever be alone under this schedule is 13 or so hours, but the more typical would be around 9-10 hours.
Second thing I'd like to know is how much do I actually feed them? The Maine Coon is probably somewhere between 15-20 pounds, or more, so he'd obviously need more food. The tabby, on the other hand, is actually kind of small, and can't weight more than maybe 5 pounds.
I've done some cursory research online, but so far, the only information I've found has been about what kind of food to feed your cat, not really how much of it. However, I did read that some vets are saying a dry-food-only diet is bad for cats? Any truth to this?