Post # 1
My 7 year old cat is fat. She’s 14lbs and should weigh more like 10. She doesn’t play with toys, and only sometimes will rough house with our other cat. She doesn’t take to catnip like our other druggie cat either. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can slim her down?
The obvious answer would be to cut down her food, but she’s already on 1/4 cup per meal as recommended by the vet. We’ve caught her eating her sister’s food, so now we guard the food or put it where she can’t reach it (but her sister can).
Post # 3
Have you tried a laser pointer? Even cats who don’t like toys usually like the laser pointer.
Also, are you feeding her high quality food? That can make a big difference. Friskies and the like have a lot of fillers and such while the high quality stuff has lots of protien.
Post # 4
I would ask your vet about the safest way to go about this.
I know from experience that trying to put your cat on a diet without instruction from your vet can be harmful for your kitty! My old roommate adopted a 20lbs cat from a friend who couldn’t take care of him anymore. Upon arrival to our apartment, my roommate decided to immediately put this cat on a diet- A handful of food in the morning, a handful at night. Not only was this cat a grazer all his life (he was 8 years old at the time), but he thought he was starving all day. Every time my roommate fed him, he’d eat it as fast as he could and then proceed to get sick from it. 🙁 Poor cat.
Best of luck with your kitty diet. 🙂
Edit- I changed the food from “one cup” to “a handful” because really, he never measured it out and that’s a closer estimate than a whole cup of food.
Post # 5
Aww I love fatty cats! Love to sqeeze them! But seriously priobably not healthy, I say cut down food intake.
Post # 6
Are you sure the fat cat can’t reach the other cat’s food? We have had to actually watch our cats eat their whole meals to be sure that each one is getting properly fed. It’s tedious, but necessary.
I would recommend setting up a play area for the cats – our 5 yr old cat was looking bored last week, meowing at us and silently judging us for not getting on our hands and knees for the whole night to play with him, haha. I put two kitchen chairs 2 ft from each other, and pulled over the cats’ carpeted perch and threw a queen sized sheet over all three, tucking the sheet in as best i could. I wanted it to stay up like a tent, but collapse if some pressure was on it and not wreck everything. I brought over a body pillow, laundry basket, scratching box, and a couple of nip covered toys and let them go at it – they play in this thing for HOURS. They run and hide in it, circle around, stalk, etc. Then they get to the point where they want to jump on the sheet and bring it down. Then they’ll fight through the sheet and hide from the other. It’s hilarious to watch, and it’s a good work out for the cats. Ours are 5 and 1.5-2 years old. Move some furniture around and you’ll see that they are more active than usual – cats hate/love when things change in the house.
Post # 7
I agree with hotchild about the laser pointer. If your cat responds to them, they are great! Also, they make a lot of foods that are specifically designed for weight loss. Sometimes an animal needs to lose a little weight before they feel up to exercising and weight loss food can help with this.
Post # 8
Just like our food, make sure to read the labels of what you are feeding him. Dry food usually has a ton of carbs in it that cats bodies don’t need. If you look for food that is high in proteins and goodness then he will eat less because he isn’t being stuffed full of filler that doesn’t give them any nutritional value just fat. Our vet had us actually make his own food for a while until he got down to a healthy weight. It was pretty much baked chicken in a food processor but you can find other recipes out there.
Post # 9
My vet suggested putting a birdfeeder outside to get our 20 pound cat interested and moving- he scurries back and forth betweent he windows. Like the other posters, i also recommend the laser pointer. Of course, my advice may not be worth too much since my cat is still GINORMOUS.
Post # 11
Meet Grady. my old roommate’s 31 lb siamese. Three vets and various specialized foods could not explain or help his massive girth. We tried the lasar pointer to get him to exercise, and she even got him a leash to go for walks. He’s just a FAT CAT=)
Post # 12
@twalila, CUTE CAT!!! I always wanted a cat but my SO is allergic:( I never knew cats can get that big!
Post # 13
@twalia- holy cow i’m sitting at my desk at work cracking UP. That cat is as big as my corgi (seriously. he’s 31 pounds). Did she get him that big? was he a monster of a kitten?
Post # 14
OMG, that cat is the size of a dog! I thought my 17 pound fatty was a beast!
Post # 15
Oh man I know it is lame to have one of these in your house but get a cat tree. We LOVE ours, our cats have seriosuly lost weight and gotten more muscles by pulling themselves up and down on it. In addition, they nap on the top two levels a lot, which is totally out of our way, and have really almost stopped clawing the furniture. It has saved us in our small apartment.
Post # 16
i think one of my cats is really fat too but compare to other cats i think he is pretty average. i took him to the vet and the vet said he is fat but is healthy. i love him so much.