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Q: I have 4 cats, and 2 are overweight. How do i monitor the 2 Chubbies?

September 25, 2008 | By Rebecca G. | 7 answers | Expired: 2264 days ago

I stopped free-feeding, but how do i get the two to lose weight, without starving the other two?

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2MEOWERS
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Sep 29, 2008

I had two older cats and then found two feral kittens in our yard. Feeding was not a problem until about a year and a half later when I had to put the oldest cat on k/d. I would leave the k/d on the floor (dry food) and taught the two youngsters to jump up on the dryer for their food. (inside the house). The older cats couldn't jump up that high. I didn't try the feeding in separate rooms because I have always believed cats were "grazers". I put the correct amount of food in the bowl for the day and let them eat as they want. I feed dry food in the morning and wet food at night. Unfortunately, I no longer have to separate the food. Good luck!

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Sandy
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Sep 28, 2008

My one cat, Uwe is overweight. He also has VERY limited skills, so I just keep the regular cat food up on the high counter for my other cats, and his "diet" food lower where he can reach it. He does not tend to overeat the "diet food" so I let him graze....this may help if your chubby cat(s) are not so coordinated also!

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Angie S.
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Sep 26, 2008

Great info on treating feline obesity can be found here:
www.felineoutreach.org/EducationDetail.asp?cat=Obesity
On an optimal diet, all cats will get to and maintain the proper weight without having to put two on a "special" diet and be hungry and have the others on another diet.

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Anonymous

Sep 26, 2008

Good luck! I have 2 cats, they play together all the time but they are both pretty hefty kitties! I feed them in separate rooms BUT their problem is they snack on dog food because I leave the dog food out all the time. I really cant change that but my vet suggested low fat cat food and she also said that indoor cat cat food has less calories or something. Try to get your cat some toys also and see if he can get more exercise that way.

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Megan M.
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Sep 26, 2008

We have 2 indoor cats, and we had the same problem 1 was overweight the other was fine. My dad was making a big stink about the cat being overweigh. So I had to feed the other cat in a different room, and make sure the other cat got to eat its food, and the over weight not eating the other cats food when he left.

you just can't you those auto feed things. you have to feed them once a day, and the right portion. ( well atleast thats how it is for our cats)

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 25, 2008

Perhaps if you seperate them. Feed them in seperate rooms.
Also maybe buy some cat leashes and take your cats for walks.

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Laineskitchen
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Sep 25, 2008

I had the same problem with my two cats. I separated them at feeding time - one ate regular serving in the laundry room, the other ate at the same time - just in the kitchen. It worked!

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