Hey im new here and looking for help. i have two cats. a grey tuxedo (simon) and a tabby (jazmin). simon and jazmin are fat! now jaz has always had her little sway belly because she is spayed. but recently, my mom and told me they are huge. i moved out last year and took them with me. adjusted amazingly well. simon meowed alot which he never does and still occasionally does. other than that though, they were troopers. i had a continous feeder and i know thats the problem. so, i got rid of it and put them on Natural Choice Weight Management. Im just not sure how much to feed them. I dont want to starve them but also trying form over feeding. Any auggestions? they share the same bowl, only dry food. they dont eat wet food.
Weight managment food is good but not enough. Follow the directions on the bag as to how much to feed; different brands of food have different nutritional values. Feed according to the weight the cat should be, not is. It may help to split feedings up to twice a day, instead of free feeding. Also incorporate more playtimes, using a laser pointer or feathers on a string toys to get them running and jumping.
It's usually ok to leave a full bowl of dry food for adult cats to eat whenever they want. But since that's all your cats are eating and you already know that they will overeat if left to choose, then that won't work for you. I would go with the recommended feeding amount on the bag of food based on the size of the cats. However, then you need to make sure that one is not eating the other cat's whole share. I would feed them in two bowls at the same time so that they are both at least starting their meal at the same time. Expect them to start to bug you for their food. They are used to eating when the mood strikes them so haivng their meals cut back will be something they need time to get used to. If you feed in the morning and evening, they will probably start to wake you up for food in the morning. You also need to encourage them to play and get some exercise. A laser pointer is irresistable to many cats and it's a great way to play with them. Mine are young but my friend's cats are much older and they still go crazy for the laser.
I'm going to go out today and get another bowl. i'm curious to see if they eat together from seperate bowls. they been buddies for 8 years now. i know jazmin will bug me like crazy. she's not so active and i get so excited when she does get a little spunk in her. i will definetly get that laser pointer you both suggested today as well. i hope this works cause they are my babies, and i would have the worst amount of guilt if they get diabetes or some other illness from there weight.
Let us know how it's going. I'd be interested to see how they respond to changing food and feeding less. My little monsters simply refuse to eat all of the "healthy" things I have tried besides their regular food. And they go nuts if I ever let the bowls go empty. If somebody is walking on my head in my bed, I can guarantee the bowls are empty. And please excuse me for saying basically the exact same thing as Rainbowzoo one minute apart. I hit enter after checking for typos and there was her answer making me look redundant. I guess we think alike. LOL Then we tried to PM each other to laugh about it at the exact same time too.
i seen a cat at the mspca that was 26 pounds i wanted him so baaad but he oveoulsy needed special help and a hard core diet so would of named him fluffy but. but with my cat i can just leave some dry food out in his bowl and not fill it up for 2-3 days, thats when it gets low. ccats are so easy but sometimes my dog eats his food. so its hard i have to leave it on the counter.i would just get it the diet food see a vet and make a food plan thing. good luck
"personally i dont mind fat cats. i think it fits them." Yeah, fat cats are kind of cute, I'll admit, but it is not good for them and leads to a lot of other health problems like feline diabetes, kidney and urinary tract problems, respiratory and heart problems. It is important to keep you cats at a healthy weight, but a healthy weight for one cat may be too heavy for another. I had a cat that was purrr-fectly healthy at 17 pounds. I had another that was at a healthy weight at 9 pounds. Check with your vet if you are not sure how much your cat should weigh. Also, I found some really helpful articles by Google-ing "feline obesity". They had some really good ideas for weight management and how to tell if you have a "fat cat". Keep us posted on your progress and good luck!
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.
Try to feed them only once a day and keep their dry food around the clock. One canned food in the mornings and that's it! no more than that. Make sure both of them eat their own too and don't steal from the other. Watch closely until you have a daily routine going.
When I got Jinx from the shelter she was 14 1/2 pounds. She sat in the shelter for a year. I started her on a weight control (dry) food. I give her just alittle in the morning & she picks at it all day. At night I give her a tiny can of fancy feast. She was losing weight but it came all back on. I will be taken her back to the vet to get her thyroid checked. My mini pin has this problem & takes meds.