(Closed) Tips to slim down overweight cats?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

You need to get him to excercise. Playing with him more and things. Its hard because cats are so lazy and sometimes taking them for walks doesn’t go so well.  Getting him a playmate may help.

Post # 4
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

My parents’ cat is like this… she’s on special prescription diet food, is strictly rationed and lazy as all hell. The only tips I have are to try to keep him active by playing with him as much as you are able to with lasers, feather toys, catnip… whatever he’s interested in. Maybe try a special feeding system like the Aïkiou Cat Stimulo Feeding Station that forces him to eat more slowly.

Have you talked to yur vet about his weight?

Post # 5
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

There’s also a food ball! You put dry kibble food in a ball & it will let food out as its moved around. Its supposed to promote excersize. I really wanted to get it, but we have 3 cats & it would’ve been difficult to know if they were all eating how much they were supposed to.

Post # 6
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

if you live in a 2 story of some sort, put his food upstairs and his cat litter downstairs.

Post # 7
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have the same problem, my little Kiwi looks like a butterbal turkey….we were told by our vet to put her on “Catkins” by placing protein like real chicken or shrimp on top of her kibble so she eats it first then works her way down to the kibble.  We also got a kibble with more protein and less filler/fibre, eating kibble with more fibre makes them hungrier and they eat more (because they visit the littler box more when theres more fibre)..we just started this and I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Good Luck!

Post # 8
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do not “free feed”. Lots of exercise!

Post # 9
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Get a mouse?

Har har har.  I used to have a very fat cat and when my ex and I broke up, we had to give him away.  We gave him to a family with small children and he slimmed down real fast!  Obviously you can’t just rent a bunch of children, but I’ll have to agree that exercise is key, far more so than when we changed his food.

Post # 10
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

A couple of years ago I adopted a very lazy, obese cat, and an underweight cat who had digestive problems.  I tried different foods, I tried exercising, I tried special supplements (different ones for each of the cats).

Finally, I tried feeding them raw.  I used the brand Primal because it was offered at a pet store I lived near (since then I’ve started making it myself). Within a week my underweight cat didn’t have any more digestive problems.  A few months later, she started putting on weight, and my obese cat started losing it.

It’s been about a year and a half, and they are both at normal, healthy weights, with no issues to be found.  Also, the lazy cat isn’t lazy anymore. He actually loves to play, and will play by himself now with no prompting, which he NEVER used to do when he was obese.


Post # 11
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ohh also, take the total amount of food you feed your cat & spread it out over the day. Like 1/2 in the morning & 1/2 at night. Or you can do 1/3 in the morning, 1/3 lunchtime & that last 1/3 at night. I feed my cats about 3 or 4 times a day… smaller meals are better for them than 1 giant meal anyways.

Also, what type of food are you feeding him? The cheap foods have a lot of fillers, so you have to feed them more so they get enough nutrients. If you get a high quality food, you feed them less because they don’t have the fillers.

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