(Closed) Animal Diets

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Lacelibs:  My mom’s dog has been on a diet and lost a significant amount of weight. I’m not sure if the same advice applies to cats, but my mom’s vet said that she should reduce the amount of normal food given to the dog and add some canned or fresh veggies. The veggies are low calorie but help the dog feel more full.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh wow, 1 cup of food is a lot!  I have a fat cat that I had to put on a diet as well.  He weighed 17 lbs when I started his diet a year ago.  I was feeding him the same food as you are and the same amount, but I always split up his food by doing half a serving in the morning and the other half in the evening.  Anyway, he never lost any weight when I was feeding him 1 cup of the weight loss formula Purina.  I switched all my cats to Wellness Core about 6 months ago.  It’s a no grain, high protien cat food that is kind of expensive, but in my opinion worth it.  It has a higher caloric content, so I only feed him 1/2 a cup a day of it – 1/4C in the morning and 1/4C at night.  He’s now down to 15.2 lbs and I’m hoping to get him down to 12 eventually.

Anyway, that was my experience putting my cat on a diet.  I would highly suggest you split your cat’s servings and also suggest you gradually lower the serving amount to no more than 3/4C a day.  Remember that the suggested feeding amount on the bag is for cats that do not need to lose weight, so you should probably feed your cat a little less than the amount stated for his weight. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@VAwife:  That advice, while great for dogs, would not work very well for cats as they are obligate carnivores and do not get any nutritional benefit from vegetables.  I’m glad to hear that your mom’s dog lost weight though!  Obesity in our pets is just as dangerous as it is for humans.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@peasantsong:  Okay thanks for clarifying. I don’t know anything about cats, so I didn’t realize it wouldn’t be a good option Embarassed

OP: Good luck on your cat’s diet!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Veggies are ok for dogs but not for cats (according to our vet). My cat is eating Taste of the Wild Grain-free. But don’t just cut back on food, get a laser pointer and let kitty get some exercise too!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

You also shouldn’t let cats graze. You should feed them and then take away the bowl even if there is food left over.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Lacelibs:  I know what you mean about feeling bad. I felt the same way when I went from free feeding to measuring his food.  I used to feed him SO much more than he eats now.  But it helps to remember that what looks like a little food to you is a lot of food to a cat.  They are much smaller than us and do not need as much food as you think they do.  I feed my cat 1/2 a cup a day and he does great on that amount. 

 @j_jaye:  I totally agree with you on that! 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We put our dog on a diet. We switched her food and didnt realize how much weight she would gain once she was on something that agreed with her stomach. I started with the amount that was reccomended on the bag and then cut it back a little bit at a time until she stopped gaining weight (she was underweight to begin with so it was more of figuring out how much to give her so she would maintain her weight instead of continuing to gain). I would definitely give you 2 meals a day instead of 1. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Lacelibs:  Yes! We have our cats on obesity control food we get from the vet. The best thing we did was buy an automatic feeder that drops their food three times a day in specific measured portions, so they can only eat how much they are allowed. The bonus is that they dont associate us as “food givers” so they dont harrass us for their food. Its great. Oh and they each lost 10 percent of their body weight and are both now healthy! 

Good luck! 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We were free-feeding our cats until our vet fussed about it.  Not sure about male cats, but apparently after getting spayed, female cats apparently have a drop in metabolism and can’t really control how much they eat.  Now they each get 1/2 cup total during the day.  After that, they just have to wait until feeding time again.  Our oldest cat will eat dog food on occasion, but it’s not too often.  She usually only does that if she eats too fast and throws up her food.  

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We still use the indoor Purina, but we have her on a 1/4 cup in the morning and 1/4 cup at 5pm. She only weighs 13lbs though. This was a diet given to us by the vet. I would try doing 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup at dinner time.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our cats are chunkers and we switched them to Wellness Core. My first suggestion for you, OP, is to get them off of that Purina crap. Check out the first three ingredients: brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal. So you have a grain, another grain (filler), and then by-product (basically “by-product meal” is the ground up remnants of the chicken after the meat is stripped, so there’s some meat, but it’s bones, feathers, feet, beaks, etc.). There’s very little meat in this food. I would switch off to either Wellness Core or Wellness Healthy Weight–the first FIVE ingredients in Wellness Core are meats, and there are no fillers or by-products.

We do need to find something that works for us in terms of their feeding schedule, though, since the big one bites and whines and licks you with this awful sandpaper tongue when he wants food. I’m not even sure that an auto feeder would work. Our cats don’t even eat that much throughout the day, but they’re still fatties (and then we get yelled at by the vet).

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@vorpalette:  Yes!  After we switched our cats to Wellness Core, I was amazed at the change in their energy levels, their coat, they got sick less often, and my fat cat lost weight easily.  We used to feed our cats Purina One crap thinking it was higher end stuff, but once I started paying attention to the ingredients in that stuff, I knew I had to switch them to something else.  Why would my obligate carnivore cats need to eat cat food that has mostly grain fillers in it?  No wonder my cat is fat! 

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