- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2018
Looking for some savvy cat mommas in the house.
DH and I rescued (quite literally… found him under a car) a 6-week-old kitten exactly 1 year and 4 months ago.
When we found him, he was TINY- less than 2 lbs. Since then, he has grown quite. a. bit.
Now, he’s a big cat to begin with (I’ll get into how big shortly), but he is a tad overweight. Long story short, DH’s former roommate had a ‘fat cat’ obsession and would WAY OVERFEED him whenever we left the apartment, even after we asked him multiple times to stop. Fortunately we don’t live with him anymore.
Last November when we took him in for his yearly checkup he weighed a whopping 21.5 lbs, and that was after losing some weight (we had moved away from the former roommate that July.) Now… I know 21.5 lbs seems morbidly obese, but we do have a very BIG cat- the vet says his optimum/goal weight should be about 18 lbs.
His diet right now consists of 1/2 cup of food total per day. He gets zero treats. I mean… zero. Maybe a treat or two every couple of weeks when we’re clipping his nails, but other than that, zilch. He’s also very young (about a year and a half) so he’s very active and gets lots of exercise. A couple of months after our vet visit, he was down to 20 lbs, but since then his weight refuses to budge.
I’ve tried switching him to a wet diet (which I really didn’t want to do at all) and it wasn’t helping, so I put him back on his old food. I also tried doing raw with him again, but he’s much pickier about this now than when he was a kitten.
Any tips, Bees? Are cats kind of like people, where some are just a bit heavier-set than others in general, or is this something I should be worried about?
Bruce at 6 weeks (1 lb, 15 oz)
Bruce at 15 weeks (8 lbs.)
Bruce at 7 months (15 lbs)
This was at somewhere around 21.5 lbs. (And yes, he’s too long to fit on the couch and his paw is nearly touching the floor…)
And here we are today, at 20: