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Q: How can I put 1 of 3 cats on a weight reduction diet?

February 25, 2009 | By Jo Z. | 24 answers | Expired: 1863 days ago

Jo Z.

I started feeding smaller amounts at distinct times during the day. But the one on the diet, Rio, always manages to eat the leftovers of the skinny cat. She also was very obvious in her displeasure of any attempt at limiting the food. I worry about her health.

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Shanley
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Feb 25, 2009

To keep your cat on a constant diet, you need to seperate her from the rest of the kitties and let her eat seperately from the rest of them. Once you notice that the others are done eating then pick the food up and all's well that ends well.

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Meryl O.
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Feb 25, 2009

I think if you go to a lot more expensive cat food it will have less fats and additives. Try to limit treats as they are loaded and of course being indoors cuts down on their activity.

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Linda
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Feb 25, 2009

I have two cats and one of them is a bit overweight. I usually feed them together twice a day giving them 1/4 cup of food. I am feeding them a Iams weight control formula. So far my chubby kitty has lost a bit of weight. The other cat down't eat a lot anyway. One thing I do though is give them only 15 minutes to eat. After that I take up the food till the next feeding.

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Emily B.
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Feb 25, 2009

One unique solution that I have heard of is feeding in a box. Cut a door in a sturdy box that will allow your skinny cats in but keeps the fat cat out. Obviously the box would need to be heavy enough not to be lifted by the cat along with other kinks, but it's a cute idea!

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mistie E.
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Feb 25, 2009

My mother had a fat kitty and tried for years to get her to eat just the diet food , She was an indoor/outdoor cat my mother found her several times eating food people would put out on their porchs for their outdoor cats, My mother would leave her locked in the house and keep all food away from her when it wasent feeding time, Her cats nick-name was Baby Oink. We had to have her put to sleep this past summer, she developed dieabeties really bad. My mother blames herself still because she would do so good for a couple of weeks keeping Baby Oink on her diet then she would slowly let her "fall off the wagon"

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Freestep
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Feb 25, 2009

I have two skinny cats and a fat cat. I put fat cat on a diet by shutting him in the bathroom for about six weeks so he couldn't steal anyone else's food. It sounds cruel, but the bathroom is good because you're in and out of there all day and he can get attention and cuddles throughout the day. I set up a nice comfy bed, a litterbox, a bowl of water, some toys, and something to scratch on. He complained the first few days but settled in nicely and became quite happy with his private suite. At the same time, I started feeding the skinny cats three discrete meals a day, and they learned to eat what was in front of them. Now I feed all three of them together and everyone eats all their own food immediately. I am happy to report that the skinny cats are a little fatter and the fat cat is a little skinnier!

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Sue O.
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Feb 25, 2009

Cats never seem to be fans of diet restrictions! I wish you good luck on this one. When my daughter was showing cats for 4H, we started getting all our cats used to crates/carriers and it might be in order for a bit to allow your skinny cat to have time to eat and then put up her food?

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Jello1
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Feb 25, 2009

If you're worried about the pet's health, then check with the vet for the correct and safe amount of food reduction. Then, I have to agree with others that they have to have separate feeding areas. And a workout time

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Marlena  G.
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Feb 25, 2009

Unfortunately if the skinnier cat is a grazer it is difficult.
I would try to give the big guy food and make a fuss about it. Then I would sneak off and the give the little one food in undisclosed location that varied :)

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Rhonda T.
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Feb 25, 2009

I have tried many ways and it seems the best way is to have specific feeding times with specific amounts. You have to deal with having mad cats for awhile if they are used to free feeding.

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