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Q: If you don't feed your alot and she's still HUGE what do i do?

November 29, 2011 | By BabyRuth | 3 answers | Expired: 1044 days ago

BabyRuth

I mean i give her like a half of cup of feed in the morning then ha;f at night but she's still real big what am i suppose to do?

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Kelly
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Nov 29, 2011

Is she really overweight or just a large-framed cat? Some cats are just large from the skeleton out. Has the vet told you she needed to lose weight? Any overweight cat needs to have a vet exam to rule out metabolic problems such as thyroid disease. If that isn't the problem and she truly is overweight and not eating too much, maybe she's not getting enough exercise. They have food distribution balls to help cats get exercise. It forces them to use physical exertion in order to achieve their goal of food just as they would in nature. You can also set aside time every day to play with her with interactive toys to make sure she gets enough exercise. Also the food you're feeding may have something to do with it. Cats are obligate carnivores, they don't even have the enzyme in their body that digests carbohydrates. Their food should should be meat-based. Dry food is mainly grain, sugar, and various flours, which are all carbohydrates. All of that is stored as fat since their bodies can't break it down and utilize it. The ideal diet for a carnivore contains 35 - 45% protein (meat) on a dry matter scale. It should also contain 40% fat and very low to no carbs. Also, store-bought treats are mostly carbs. A better choice for treats would be a little cooked chicken or fish.

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Ches21
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Nov 29, 2011

I'm not exactly sure what you mean?

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Jillian
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Dec 01, 2011

A cup of food a day is a lot for most cats. I feed mine just under 1/4th a cup three times a day so they're getting between 1/2 a cup and 3/4 a cup each day. If you feed high quality food with no corn or wheat fillers {or nasty byproducts}, you'll see that she'll stay full longer. With commercial brand foods, they do get hungry faster and tend to eat larger amounts, but it goes right to the hips. You can also supplement commercial brands with a few pieces of real meat to keep them full.

So cut back on her food and make sure she exercises for 15 minutes before she eats. Get her chasing a lure or a ball or something, anything to force that energy out. Then you'll feed her and she'll crash out for awhile, but she'll start to lose weight at a normal and healthy pace until she's where she should be.

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