Should You Change Your Cat's Feeding Schedule During Ramadan?

Cat feeding during Ramadan

Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection and devotion. But for cat owners, it can also raise questions about caring for their furry companions. One common concern is whether to adjust a cat's feeding schedule during this holy month. The answer, like most things related to cats, depends on a few factors. This blog post will delve into the world of feline feeding during Ramadan, offering guidance on different feeding methods and ensuring your cat thrives throughout the month.

Does My Cat Need a Feeding Schedule Change?

Cats are creatures of habit, and sudden changes to their routine can cause stress and digestive upset. In general, it's best to maintain your cat's regular feeding schedule as much as possible, even during Ramadan. Here's why:

  • Digestive Rhythm: Cats have a naturally short digestive tract, meaning they eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Disrupting this rhythm can lead to constipation, vomiting, or decreased appetite.
  • Stress: Cats are sensitive to changes in their environment. Altering their feeding schedule can cause anxiety, especially if it coincides with changes in your own routine due to fasting.
  • Blood Sugar Regulation: Consistent feeding helps maintain stable blood sugar levels in cats, preventing lethargy or hyperactivity.

However, there are situations where slight adjustments might be necessary:

  • Senior Cats or Cats with Medical Conditions: Older cats or those with health issues may require more frequent feedings. Discuss any potential adjustments with your veterinarian.
  • Picky Eaters: Some cats are more sensitive to schedule changes than others. If your cat seems particularly stressed by a slight delay in feeding, you could consider offering smaller meals more frequently.

Feeding Methods and Ramadan Considerations:

1. Automatic Feeders (Dry Food):

Automatic feeders can be a lifesaver during Ramadan, especially for those with a large family. Here's what to keep in mind:

  • Preparation: Ensure the feeder dispenses the correct amount of food at your cat's usual feeding times. 
  • Monitoring: If your cat normally has several meals a day, some feeders allow for multiple dispensing times.

2. Wet Food:

Wet food is a good source of hydration for cats, which can be especially beneficial during hot weather months when Ramadan often falls. However:

  • Preparation: Stock up your cat's favourite wet food for the entire month. 
  • Monitoring: Keep an eye on your cat's wet food. Store in the fridge for opened wet food maximum of 3 days. 

3. Home-Cooked Food:

During Ramadan, you will also be preparing your own meals, so it is important to prepare your cat's meals ahead of time to avoid additional time and stress.

  • Preparation: Meal prep your cat's food beforehand for the entire week.
  • Monitoring: Divide meals into smaller portions to be offered at your cat's usual feeding times if your cat prefers to eat multiple times a day. 

4. Meal Prep Delivery:

Choose a reputable delivery service with a strong track record for safety and quality ingredients.

  • Preparation: Ensure the delivery service offers portion sizes appropriate for your cat's weight and activity level. Coordinate for delivery to arrive on time to avoid clashing with your Ramadan preparation. Consider a subscription service for automatic deliveries.
  • Monitoring: Follow the storage instructions provided by the delivery service. This might include freezing portions or keeping them refrigerated for the entire month. 

5. Raw Diet (Not Recommended During Ramadan):

While raw food diets may be beneficial for cats, handling raw meat during Ramadan increases the risk of cross-contamination, especially if you're preparing your own meals. Consider opting for a commercially prepared, pre-portioned meal prep delivery service to minimize this risk.

Additional Tips for a Smooth Ramadan with Your Cat:

  • Playtime: Maintain your cat's usual playtime routine to keep them mentally stimulated and help manage any stress caused by changes in your own schedule.
  • Hydration: Ensure your cat has access to fresh, clean water at all times. Consider using a water fountain to encourage them to drink more.
  • Patience: Some cats may initially be confused by a slight change in their owner's schedule. Be patient, and offer reassurance.
  • Seek Help: If your cat experiences significant changes in appetite, litter box habits, or behavior, consult your veterinarian.

Vet Visit Consultation Hour Change: 

Lastly, do check with your vet to see if there are any changes to their consultation hours during Ramadan to ensure you have a timely schedule for any required vet visits. 


By understanding your cat's needs and making slight adjustments to their feeding schedule if necessary, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free Ramadan for both of you. With the right planning and a little extra attention, you and your  feline friend can continue to thrive throughout the month.🌛

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