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Daily Caloric Needs for Average Indoor Pets

Pet obesity is a serious problem affecting over half of the dogs and cats in the U.S. Helping your pet maintain a healthy weight is an important part of regular pet care. But how many calories does she really need and what’s her ideal weight? Find out below and help keep your pet trim and healthy for many years to come.

Daily Caloric Needs for Average Indoor Pets


10 lbs. 180 to 200 calories*
10 lbs. 200 to 275 calories*
20 lbs. 325 to 400 calories*
50 lbs. 700 to 900 calories*
Daily Caloric Needs for Active Humans
Male 2500 Calories
Female 2000 Calories
*Please note that the calorie counts provided are guidelines for average lightly active adult spayed or neutered dogs or cats (1 to 7 years old receiving less than 30 minutes aerobic activity per day). The caloric needs of a particular pet may differ depending on such factors as lifestyle, genetics, activity level and medical conditions. Your pet will likely be fed fewer calories if you are attempting to reduce weight and improve fitness. Note that most indoor cats receive very little sustained aerobic activity and many dogs do not receive adequate daily physical activity. We recommend a structured routine exercise and nutritional program for both you and your pet.

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