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Q: How can I make my kitties lose weight?

July 7, 2008 | By Quani C. | 5 answers | Expired: 2345 days ago

Quani C.

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?

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Jessica H.
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Jul 07, 2008

The feeding guidelines on pet food are just that -- guidelines. They are also guidelines for a pet's IDEAL weight, NOT their current weight.

It isn't even necessarily WHAT you are feeding, but more so HOW MUCH.

If the current portions of food are making your pets overweight, cut back the portions slowly. If your pets start to loose too much weight, slowly add more to the portion.

Before putting your pet on any diet however always consult with your vet to make sure there are no health or disease processes going on that may cause weight gain/loss. Consult with your vet also about your feeding habits, what their ideal weight should be, and what, if any, diet you should put them on.

Good luck!

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NorthStarRescue
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Jul 07, 2008

Just keep in mind there's a difference between a cat looking fat and really being obese. You might want to weigh in your cats and determine at their age and body type what their optimal weight is before considering a diet change. If it turns out your cats are fat, simply cutting back a current diet isn't always the solution. Discussing with your vet or a qualified pet nutritionist would be a great first step in figuring out how to get your kitty to cut a few inches from their waistline. Encouraging exercise along with a healthy diet can help your cat maintain a healthy weight.

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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Kclementz
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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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