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I give Roshi 3/4 c - 1 c of kibbles per day.

Initially I used this little measuring cup that came with my rice cooker. It measures 1 cup of dry rice when full. Trust me, that's a lot of rice, but not a lot of kibbles. But Roshi still grew big and strong!

Then a month ago, I found this "dog food" scoop at the pet store for $2. Bought it. 1 cup in that scoop = 4 of my little measuring cups. I think i only fill about 1/4 of kibbles into that scoop per meal.

So... what's right and what's not? What's a good way to measure kibbles? A "real" measuring cup? Technically, isn't that for liquids only.

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One cup equals 8 oz. I would imagine the cup in the dog food is just to be used as a scoop. I would stick to the measuring cup for the actual amount to feed.
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I hate to be technical (a trait that I can't rid of as an engineer).

1 cup = 8 fl. oz. That's liquid form.

Like... when you cut your butter, you don't see the solid bitter fill up "1-cup" line in the measuring cup. It only does when it's melted.

Maybe I'm just overanalysizing. LOL.

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I hate to be technical (a trait that I can't rid of as an engineer).

1 cup = 8 fl. oz. That's liquid form.

Like... when you cut your butter, you don't see the solid bitter fill up "1-cup" line in the measuring cup. It only does when it's melted.

Maybe I'm just overanalysizing. LOL.
Yes, you are correct that the 8 oz. in a cup is a fluid measure. That said, you certainly CAN measure 1c of butter... you just have to use a different kind of measuring cup, one that can be packed and then leveled to the top edge.

HOWEVER, Lucile is right... it doesn't much matter WHAT you use to measure as long as you can consistently give your dog the same amount at each meal, so that you can appropriately monitor it.

In the "old days" we used to use coffee cans as scoops to measure our ponies' grain. Then they started making the plastic 2 quart measures everyone uses today. We all had to re-learn how many coffee cans equalled how many scoops. (for the curious, it turns out that a coffee can is about 1 1/2 quarts... I have NO idea how the measure grain in Canada!)


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Well I hate to be corrected at my age. I would assume that we are not talking about weight when speaking of ounces.
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I wasn't correcting you, Lucile, I am assuming you know how to bake. I was just telling Casie that she was PARTIALLY correct. (8 liquid oz., but yes you CAN measure butter by the cup)


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My snarky comment was directed to the engineer not you Karen. It has been a long day and I was out of line. Sorry
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Ya'll may think I'm crazy, but I measure by handsful. I used to use a scoop, but different dogs need different amounts of food. I just find this easier. When I go to the dog shows, I fill sandwich bags, labeled with the dog's name, and fill one for each meal. For being gone 5 days, it takes about 45 minutes, but they get their usual amount, and my husband - by education an engineer - thinks this is great. It works for us.

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i know you can measure butter "by the cup". You cut the solid butter where the wrapping labels "one cup". But if you put that solid piece into the cup, it doesn't fill the cup at "one cup"... it does once it's melted butter.

And if anyone has a mom like mine... who likes to cut up her butter in tiny pieces and wrap them in saran wrap to preserve in the freezer, experimentation of butter melting have shown me chunks of solid butter filling up to the "one cup" line does not equal one cup of butter when melted.

So... the geek in me compared my scoop with a measuring cup by using water. They match. My little rice cup doesn't. So I've been under feeding Roshi for most of his life. But then, I think it's better to slightly under feed than over feed.

Well, Roshi is still growing "healthy" (at least he's not showing signs of illness) and strong. We'll keep it as is.

And yes, we engineers are technical about numbers and precision. LOL. I think the US should convert to metric - where volume, mass, weight, all use different terms! LOL. Counting by 10s is also easier!

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Ya'll may think I'm crazy, but I measure by handsful. I used to use a scoop, but different dogs need different amounts of food. I just find this easier. When I go to the dog shows, I fill sandwich bags, labeled with the dog's name, and fill one for each meal. For being gone 5 days, it takes about 45 minutes, but they get their usual amount, and my husband - by education an engineer - thinks this is great. It works for us.
I don't think you're crazy... A hand is a constant size measure too. Once you know how much they need, you are all set! And as far as the individual serving meals, that's exactly what I did with my horses when I was showing. Since I've only got Kodi now, I measure the number of meals I need for a show all into one bag, with his supplements mixed in. Then I throw my little quarter cup measure in the bag and we're on our way.


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