Q: How can I make my kitties lose weight?
Upon showing pictures of my kitties to people that hadn't seen them in a while, they commented on how fat they look (people at the vet have commented, too). They eat Iams Indoor Weight and Hairball Control, I give them the amount listed on the package. They don't eat it all in one day, so I usually give them that amount every other day. Do I need to switch their food to something more natural (something I'd been thinking about already)? Get a kitty treadmill?
Jul 07, 2008
I have an overweight cat. My cat hates diet food and she wasn't loosing weight on it. A vet recommended that I give her the food she likes just much less of it and less than what was recommended for her weight. Most bags are a suggestion for active cats and not sedentary cats like my old arthritic girl. That helped. No more grazing the dry food buffet allowed. Small amounts of food is given twice a day.
Someone recommended the kitty catkins diet. Cats need a higher protein diet so read labels and look for the highest protein content. It is important that cats eat cat food because there is other nutrients missing in an all meat diet.
I try to play with her all the time for kitty exercise. I carry her upstairs so she has to climb back downstairs. She hates that but it's kitty exercise. I move her from her favorite spot and play with her then she has to walk back to another favorite napping spot.
Try to find something to work for you and your cat for kitty exercise. Maybe a new toy to spark some interest in kitty playing/exercise. I recommend only one toy at a time because kitty attention spans are rather short.... very short in my house.
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Jul 06, 2008
My cats were overweight and my vet suggested a low carb diet for them. So basically, they would eat only canned food. Even though I could only afford the cheapest 9 lives and friskies, she said that it was better for them. I have two 16 pound cats (at the time). I started by feeding them each 1.5 cans of cat food a day and then as they got used to it they got 1 each per day. They each lost about 3 pounds in one year, which is quite a lot for cat. They were mad at first that there wasn't food out all day, but they got used to it. The one cat (who was just a bigger boned cat) lost more weight than the one who needed it most, but he only has one pound to go for the vet to be happy. So, if you are serious, it definitely worked.
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Jul 06, 2008
Can you say hamster wheel??? Just partly kidding. I researched commercial and most prescription cat foods and they lack the natural meats cats need even more than dogs. Perhaps you are on the right track about more natural foods. The cats may be wanting to eat more to try to get what they need, or their bodies may be carrying weight differently from the cereal content. The commercial, and the diets commonly given by vets to cats with urinary issues, may actually keep those problems going due to lack of meat content. I have mine on a urinary diet because the vet spooked me into it with the bloody urine thing, but I will wean the cat off that cereal-laced food as soon as his non-infective tract problem clears a bit. Luckily, the vet seems open to trying it and got the PH and specific gravity info for the natural food from me (Eagle Pack brand) and then OKed the food content. Mine loves walking on his lead...very slowly. Maybe yours would like to walk with you too.
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