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Q: How can I have some cats on a diet and not others?

December 7, 2008 | By maria h. | 11 answers | Expired: 2067 days ago

How can I have some cats on a diet and not others?

I have 12 cats.They vary in age from 3 years to 13 years. A few are butterballs and would do well on lower calorie food but the lean ones need the calories. They only get dry food...generally Iams and the food is out all the time as they eat at different times of the day.

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Kelly
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Dec 21, 2008

You've received some very good suggestions. If you want to continue to free feed I would get a really good lower calorie food to keep out all the time & then supplement the lighter weight kitties with canned food & their own special feeding of a good regular calorie dry food. I have done this in the past with good results but you do have to supplement for the thinner cats.

I have 7 cats & feed multiple diets. I have two on 2 separate prescription diets. I have a kitten on kitten food. Everyone else is on a specialized diet to maintain 2 more of them who have chronic illnesses. Amazingly, my two on prescription food don't eat the other food & let me know when they want to eat so I can get their food for them. How that happened I'll never know! They won't even eat each other's! The kitten doesn't like the adult food so she won't eat the other food & will also come to me to be fed. So I can still free feed the majority without worry. I lucked out. Good luck.

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Jaymee76
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Dec 12, 2008

We free feed the specialized food, and we offer the kitty that needs more calories canned food two times a day. He eats in the room with me so I can make sure the other kitties and the pup don't get his food. It seems to be working well for our cats.

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Spacecat
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Dec 09, 2008

I had the same problem when I had five cats who were all eating dry food that was left out all the time. My vet suggested switching to wet food. We get Friskies cans, which are not that expensive and we had them eating half a can twice a day. They were all within normal weight ranges within one year and we still keep them on wet food and adjust as necessary if we see them gaining/losing weight. Their teeth are fine too, we haven't seen any issues with their teeth becoming weak, stained or rotten. They do adjust pretty fast to eating on a schedule and once they know when the food comes they will let you know it's time to eat. A much less anticipated side effect is the reduction in stool and also their coats seem healthier. The wet food has less carbs and more water, so they get much more hydration through eating now.

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Goughballs
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Dec 08, 2008

We had to do this for a while. It was not much fun but we had to get the first 3 cats on a schedule that was different than the other cats schedule. The food must not have tasted very good because the first 3 wanted nothing to do with the diet food. Good luck- separate feeding rooms might help too

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Emily S.
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Dec 08, 2008

We had a similar situation and had to get more rigid with feeding time. The cats/dogs eat in different areas of the house. We separate the critters, dole out the food and what doesn't get eaten in 20 minutes is picked up. It doesn't take long for them to figure out they need to eat when you set the food down otherwise it disappears. The separate feeding areas lets you give each pet the food they need and limiting eating time also cuts down on the all-day nibbling and overeating some pets do.

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carol  s.
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Dec 08, 2008

I mostly wanted to read the answers. My big boy doesn't eat much, and he never eats treats. Just naturally plump, I guess.

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Christi R.
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Dec 08, 2008

I use to have a 2 year old cat that was allergic to a lot of things in cat food so she was on a special food from the vet. I also had a kitten which needed more nutrients than was in the special food for the older cat. What I did was got them on a common eating time and I would put each in a separate room during feeding time and just fed them 3 times a day instead of leaving the food out all day. They learned quickly when it was feeding time and that they should eat to keep them full until the next feeding time. It worked out well for me.

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rose h.
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Dec 08, 2008

My inlaws have a cat that is allergic to carbs, he is HUGE. What they have done (may be extreme depending on your housing situation) is they built him a large enclosure with wire with a window seat and a litter box of his own. When it is feeding time they seperate him from the others or if the others have their food out he hangs in his room and seem perfectly content. He gets social time when the food is not out for the others. This has worked wonders and he has lost an enormous amount of weight. Good luck!

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matthew s.
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Dec 07, 2008

I have one cat that is on a diet and the other can eat as he wants and doesn't gain weight. What I do is keep the non diet food in high places because I know the one that is on the diet can't jump as high. It has been working for years.

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Anonymous
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Dec 07, 2008

I've got fat cats, too. There must be some way you can split up the feeding- by room? Some of them just can't handle all-you-can-eat and need some volume restriction. I was also going to suggest feeding the skinny cats wet food, to get more calories in fast so that their feeding doesn't affect the skinny guys. Good luck.

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