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Daily Maintenance Energy Requirements for Dogs and Cats

Daily Maintenance Energy Requirements for Dogs and Cats

Animal

MERa,b (kcal/day)

Healthy adult dogs

Intact

1.8 × RER

Neutered

1.6 × RER

Obesity prone

1.4 × RER

Healthy puppies

< 4 mo old

3 × RER

> 4 mo old

2 × RER

Healthy adult cats

Intact

1.4 × RER

Neutered

1.2 × RER

Obesity prone

1 × RER

Healthy kittens

2.5 × RERc

a MER = maintenance energy requirement (remember that any calculation of caloric intake is only a starting point and may need to be modified based on how the patient responds)

b RER = resting energy requirement

c Kittens can alternatively be fed free choice