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Q: My cat is HUGE!

September 22, 2009 | By Vanessa G. | 6 answers | Expired: 1902 days ago

Vanessa G.

I have 3 cats. Bender, is severely obese, 20+ lbs. He needs to go on a diet. However my other 2 cats do not. I leave dry food out all day. I know I need to put Bender on a diet but what is the easiest way to do it without making the other cats go one one as well.

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Jillian
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Sep 25, 2009

remember to also give your cat a lot of exercise. indoor cats don't usually get as much exercise as they would outside. this life of luxury comes w/an increased intake of food and a decreased amount of exercise. try playing w/your cat for 15 minutes twice a day and give him slightly less food than what the labels suggest. pet food usually suggests your animals eat more than they need, this helps us burn through the bag or can faster and buy more w/o it showing much. whatever your cats favorite toy is, go buy a bunch of them and get creative w/stringing them up around the house so no matter where he is, he has something to vent his energy on.

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Bowne
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Sep 24, 2009

All of the above are good ideas just please keep an eye on Bender. If he starts to drink a lot , pee a lot and eat a lot along with losing weight, take him to see a vet. Diabetes is common in overweight cats. I recently lost my cat because I didn't know and didn't pay attention to these signs.

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Crabapple96
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Sep 23, 2009

personally, my mom has a cat named smokey who is overweight, and i think the best thing to do is find a canned food that is low in fat, and do no leave dry food out as long as you already do. that way your over-weight cat will not eat as much, and you wont have to risk you other cats being over-weight.

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Bellacat3
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Sep 23, 2009

Try switching your cats to a canned food diet. Canned food is higher in moisture and protein but much lower in carbohydrates. Also feed your thinner cats up high where your chubby one can't go. I separate my cats during meal time and do two feedings a day. There really is no need to leave food out all day long. Whatever is still in the food dish 20 minutes later can be tossed or put away until the next feeding time. Also try to play with your cats more so that your chubby one gets more exercise. Remember that cats have a harder time losing weight and can easily slip into fatty liver disease without proper management.

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Ourstaff
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Sep 23, 2009

If the food is out the cat will eat it. You have to put the food out for the cats and remove it after they have eaten. I have a couple of chubbys and one cat who has always been slender. I give them all dry diet kibble. I control the amount that the bigger cats get but let the thin cat eat as much as she wants. If you give them a quality food they will be okay. You can find a few examples in the review section.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 22, 2009

I would not leave food out all day for one - soon the other two are going to be in the same situation as Bender.
I would put Bender on diet food and feed him/her in the am & pm away from the other two.
I would also feed them two their food am & pm.

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