Fat cat… Is your cat overweight? What do you feed him/her?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Our cat was huge when we got her and she was being fed Whiskas (ugh). We changed her to Iams weight control, feed her twice a day and she’s lost lots of weight. She still has a belly but she is almost 14 years old and that won’t go away now.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

FI came into our relationship with a giant fat cat who’s only gotten fatter, and since we adopted a second cat he’s getting chubby as well. Of course, we both know exactly why–FI thinks it’s adorable how the new cat meows for milk, so he gives him a bit from his cereal bowl every morning. Boom, we got two giant cats now. Sigh.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had three cats, who all got the same food, and all had vastly different body weights.  

You’re on the right track with scheduled meals and protien-based food.  Try adding some toys that encourage activity/chasing/hunting behaviours to ramp up the exercise level, and then just relax.  My super fat cat lived to be 17, so her weight didn’t have a huge impact on her health obviously.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@MrsNewDay:  My cat used to be about 6 lbs. overweight, well he ended up with a urinary tract bloackage as a result of which he has to be on medicated WET food and the difference between the dry food I fed him before and the wet food he gets now is night and day!!  He’s at a healthy weight of 10-11 lbs. now and his coat is amazing!  Obviously, your cat might not need a medicated food but any wet food with good ingredients should help you two get on the right track!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsNewDay:  i dont know about cat food but for dog food, the purinas, and all the other big name brands are the equivalent to feeding humans candy.

DH buys taste of the wild dog food which is much healthier.

maybe they have an equivalent in cat food.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our cat has been steadily gaining weight for the past year or so, and in one year he gained 2 lbs – a lot for a cat, as you say! We just went for our annual check up with our vet and he was really concerned about it. He has recommended we try the Hills Metabolic Diet. Apparently it’s supposed to work with your cat’s metabolism so that rather than just limiting their food intake and making them crazy with hungry, it will actually make them want to eat less. We’re giving it a shot. I don’t know if it will actually work or if it’s all just marketing and nonsense, but I guess we’ll see! According to him it has an 80% success rate in reducing a cat’s weight. It’s super pricey though, so may not be for everyone.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Is he getting treats as well?  It doesn’t seem like he should be that heavy on what you are feeding him.  I can’t find the information on how many calories are in a can of that food though.

My male cat got up to 12 pounds when he should be 10, feeding him what the bag recommended for a 4-7 pound cat.  They get Wellness canned and dry.  I switched to the Indoor Health dry because it was less calories than the regular dry, and he wasn’t getting enough to keep him full cutting back the dry.

Both my cats eat 2.5 oz of canned food and 1/4 cup dry food per day in two meals.  My boy cat is 10 pounds and my girl is 7 pounds.  Both of them are a healthy weight.

How active is your cat?  Will he play with a laser pointer and chaser toys to increase his activity level?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - White Point Garden, Charleston, SC

My only advice is feed no dry food. It’s all packed full of carbs that cats don’t need, especially the ones marketed at weight control. I would recommend feeding all canned that is high protein and low carb.

 

This link is awesome: http://www.catinfo.org/?link=cannedfoods

 

That site has great info in general about proper cat nutrition and obese cats. 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsNewDay:  your problems is in the purina.  the first ingredient is turkey, but the 2nd is corn meal and the 3rd is poultry by product.  my cats were a little overweight, so i did a lot of research because my vet wasn’t helpful either.  http://www.catinfo.org was the best website because they have great charts.  i figured how many calories a day i wanted to feed them, and followed the chart to find something convenient so i could continue feeding whole cans, and i chose the food with high protein and low carbs.  we chose merrick’s and buy it from chewy.com.  they actually love it.  i split a can of 5.5 oz twice a day.  

also remember your cat is a bit older so you need to feed him less.  if you dont want to do the research, at least get a 5.5 oz can and split it twice a day.  then you are feeding him .5 oz less and he should lose weight.  also make sure he gets exercise by playing with him.  i love “da bird” on amazon.  they are cheap and i swear my cats go batshit crazy for them.  

i hope this helps!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Agree w PP – I had my cats on the uber-expensive prescription weight control dry food and my oldest still had porked up to 17 pounds. My pet sitter told us to switch to wet food. We did that (each cat gets 1/4 can twice a day, so 1/2 can total) plus a tablespoon of dry as a treat. We also bought some of the My Cat From Hell guy’s toys (Da Bird is what it is called, it is a very realistic fluttery wand toy) and started two play sessions a day with him. At first he could just play a few minutes, now he does acrobatics! He’s still not slim but he’s down to 13 pounds. (lost the weight over about a year which is about right).

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsNewDay:  also, purina and iams do animal testing, which is hypocritical.  that’s why i prefer to spend more, knowing that the company is good people with a genuine love for pets. 

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