(Closed) Cat Weight Loss

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Go back to the wet food.  A good-quality wet food (don’t buy Friskies or Fancy Feast) will typically have more protein in it and less carbs!!

 

Don’t expect overnight weight loss.  It may take 6 months for him to take off any measureable weight– the foods I recommend are Weruva, Merrick and Evo.  My boys share a 5 oz can of wet food twice daily…so they each eat a can of canned food a day.  Many people overfeed their cats, and house cats do not need that many calories.  My boys take in about 150 calories EACH daily.

**Don’t go by the feeding guidelines on the pet food containers– ask your vet if you’re worried that you’re overfeeding or underfeeding your cat.

 

My vet directed me to this website for all my food questions.  I found this website super helpful.

 

Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Awww… he doesn’t look too bad!

Our one kitty is 17lbs. For her size, she is heavy, but cats come in different sizes. Your boy looks about as big as our “voluptuous” cat.

I can’t tell you if this works or not since we just started, but we were told to just feed her about 250cal. a day and to feed her wet food (like you said you’re trying).

I really don’t have much else to recommend. We exercise her by playing, but that really hasn’t done much (and we have another cat who is about the same age as your kitty to chase her around) . =/

I’m worried about our cat too, but so far not much has worked. I know that she eats too much sometimes, but even cutting back hasn’t don’t much. Sigh…

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Has your vet recommended a daily calorie requirement for him?  I agree the bag recommendations are way off.  If you use the calories your cat should be eating per day and look at how many calories are in the food (per cup or per can depending if wet or dry) you can get the amount to feed.  Every cat’s metabolism is different, my two cats get fed the same amount.  My girl is 7 pounds and my boys is 11 pounds, and they are both a good weight.

Is he very active?  Could you use toys to increase his activity level?  I love Da Bird cat toy, my kids will play with it until they are completely exhausted.  Some cats will also use puzzle toys, you put their food in the toy and they have to knock it around and chase it to release the kibbles.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

OMG!  I am dealing with this same issue right now.  My cat is 20 lbs.  (Her sister is 5).  I have been going crazy trying to figure out how to get one to lose weight, and the other to stay the same (or gain weight). 

After reading this article: http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/tiny-the-fat-cat-loses-weight I started to cut down her food.  

I also spend about 15 minutes a day trying to exercise with her.   I give her the dry food in two doses now (we are no longer a free choice household with food out all the time). 

Anyhow, I have been working with her for 5 weeks, and she has lost 1/2 a pound.  I think the exercising is really working.  We weigh her once a week.  Good luck! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t have any useful tips, but my cat is obese at over 22 pounds. The vet wants him to lose about 5 pounds. He is one big boy.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

What a gorgeous kitty!

I have some very large cats. There is a huge difference between a large muscular cat and a fat one. My Manny Moe is 25 lbs. and the vet says he is a perfect weight for his size.  I look for “belly sway” as an indicator of being fat.

I certainly would not restrict the food intake anymore. One half cup  of kibble a day is not much for a large cat.

I personally would eliminate all grains from the diet. They make grain-free kibble and canned food now-a-day. Especially stay away from corn-based foods, they tend to pack on the weight.

I would also try to increase physical activity. Schedule play time, and have toys that encourage chasing. I buy these cat toys that “chirp” when every there is movement. My kitties play with those for hours!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My Manny Moe, all 25 lbs. of him. He is the Fabio of all our cats. The girls love him but he doesn’t care because he is neutered!

 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@rachelmichelle:  Healthy weight loss should be slow, about 1-2% of their body weight per week.  So for him to loose 2 pounds it should take 5-10 weeks, so don’t get discouraged!  Sounds like he is on the right track so far.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

My aunt has a cat she adopted from a shelter. Harlow was found by someone after being hit by a car and she had a broken jaw. She was about a year old and then had her jaw wired shut for 6 weeks healing. I’m not sure how/what she ate but she was 7lbs when my aunt got her. Seriously skinny. She ballooned up to almost 11 lbs when she came home to my aunt. She was just ravenous all the time – like she was afraid she wouldn’t get fed tomorrow so she better eat everything today! It was sad… anyway she got a little bit porky for her bone structure so she got put on diet food. But it’s slow! My aunt limits the amount of food put out everyday (no free feeding because she’d eat until she exploded) and she has only lost about a pound in the last year. Keep doing what you’re doing, it just takes forever! 

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