How Do I Calculate The Quantity For Feeding My Dog?

dog feeding plan

How Much To Feed The Dog?

General calculation of the BARF daily amount for a dog

Puppies and young German Long haired Pointer dogs

4-6% of body weight = daily amount (depending on the activity of the puppy)

Puppy 2 – 6 months old – 5-6% of body weight

Young dog 7 -9 months old – 4-5% of body weight

Young dog 10 – 13 months old – 3-4% of body weight

(In small breeds maybe a little less)

Calcium is very important

Requirement in the growth: about 100mg calcium / kg body weight for bone formation

Up to about 200mg calcium / kg body weight in the teeth change

Calcium intake can be achieved either by feeding chicken necks or similar. Be covered, or one feeds such as eggshell powder or similar. (See bones & cartilage for exact calculation)

From the end of the tooth change up to the age of about 1 year, the amount for the adult dog is then fed. For very large dogs, whose growth phase is longer, the amount for the adult dog is to be fed accordingly later.

Feed amount per day for adult dogs:

2% of body weight – dog must lose weight or keep his weight

2.5% of body weight – at ideal weight

3 -4% of body weight – very active or needs to increase

Calcium requirement: 50 – 80mg calcium per kg body weight per day (calculation see here)

This calculation is just a guideline. Always pay attention to the weight, age and activity of the dog.

If one notices that the dog has too little on the ribs, one feeds something more and vice versa, if the dog has too much weight, one feeds a little less and so on. Underweight is also recommended to increase the fat portion of the meal or boiled carbohydrates to feed.

The advantage of the BARF is that feeding can be individually adapted to each dog.

Daily feed amount = 100%

Of which are from 70 to 80% Animal

I.e. 100% meat again divided into = 60% lean meat – 20% rumen / omasum – 10% offal – 10% RFK

If no bones are fed, the muscle meat percentage increases.

And 20-30% vegetable

So 100% vegetable portion divided into 80% vegetables and 20% fruit possibly also cereals or carbohydrates (40% max)

The dog needs about 0.3g of oil per kg of body weight daily to meet its essential fatty acid requirement. (1 teaspoon are approx. 3-4g and a 1 tbsp. approx. 10-12g oil)

This would be summarized, for example, at a ratio of 70% to 30% for a 20kg dog at 2.5% of body weight;

195 g muscle meat

+ 70g rumen / leafy stomach

+ 35g offal

+ RFK according to calcium requirement (guideline value 10%)

+ 120g vegetables

+ 30g of fruit

= 500g daily feed + 6g oil

The daily amount can you then e.g. with two meals a day simply divide by two.

Tip for Beginners:

The best way to calculate the need for a week and distributed accordingly to the components of the week and the respective meals and thus creates a feed plan. Because you do not have to feed innards and bones every day, it’s enough if there are 2- 3 times a week. The same goes for rumen, you can easily install 1-2 rumen days.

Here You Can Look At An Example Of Feeding Plan.

Finally, the food is supplemented with various dietary supplements as needed. Because without these dietary supplements it is not possible to meet the need for minerals, trace elements and vitamins of a dog.

Cats Sleeping Behaviour

The Cutie Kitten Look Innocent While Sleeping

Cats sleep a lot and like – on average around 16 hours and more, the fur noses rest daily. But why do you have such a longing for it? This and even more about the sleeping behavior of our cats can be found in our guide.

Cats are considered nocturnal, but they are dusk-active. In the mornings and evenings, the Tigers are particularly alert, sleeping during the day and at night or dozing most of the time.

However, because they live so close together with us humans, cats often adapt to our rhythm: at night we sleep, in the morning we get up for a short while to feed and play and then we go back to the cat’s basket.

Which Cat Breed Like To Sleep More?

Depending on your character, temperament, age, housing conditions, weather and season, some velvet paws naturally sleep more or less than others. Some cat breeds such as Siamese are said to get by with less sleep, while the British Shorthair (BKH) loves it and sleeps a bit longer.

Two-thirds of the day cats sleep approximately, i.e. between 16 and 18 hours. Cat babies and seniors have an increased need for sleep and of course, most of the baby tigers still have plenty of time to doze and relax.

Cats Sleeping Behavior

However, when sleeping, cats are not in deep sleep all the time. For the most part, the velvet paws remain alert during their periods of rest and light sleep and despite relaxed-looking attitude.

That’s because they are both carnivores and prey animals in the wild and need to be prepared for potential threats or hunting opportunities at all times.

A slight rustle is enough to make them wide awake and concentrated again, to chase after a mouse, or to flee from an attacker to the next tree. If they remain undisturbed during the light sleep phases, they doze off for up to 30 minutes at a time.

The actual deep sleep, also called the paradoxical phase, usually lasts only up to six minutes. At the same time, cats are completely relaxed, perhaps shrugging their shoulders with their paws, ears or tail, and do not react at all to outside sounds.

The occasional involuntary movements indicate that your cat is dreaming. Cats only venture into the deep sleep phase if they feel completely safe.

Which Sleeping Places Do Cats Prefer?

For most velvet paws, the preferred sleeping places change every few weeks. All squares are warm, cuddly and comfortable.

Cartons, caves, or the wardrobe are also very much used as a sleeping place, as well as an elevated place, for example, on the windowsill, the cat tree, cabinet or bookshelf.

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

The reason why cats sleep so much is that they spend a lot of energy in their short waking phases. For the hunt, they must be wide awake and highly concentrated, as well as fast, agile and skilled. In addition, they are almost always in the habit of care, which is also very exhausting.

In order to keep their energy at their best, they are always resting when they can save their energy for food and flight from attackers. When non allergic cats are not sleeping or chasing, they will be extensively and neglected.

Watch your cat how much she normally sleeps. If she seems to rest longer and more often than usual, you’d better go to the vet with her. Sick cats are physically weak and therefore need more sleep.