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Help with an slightly overweight cat. - May 29th 2016, 01:42 AM

Okay, one of my cats is a bit overweight. She's just at the cusp so she wouldn't have to lose a lot. The problem is that one of my cats doesn't need to lose weight.

I've usually just put some food out for them and they are able to graze throughout the day. I know this isn't the best way but I've never had issues with any of my other cats.

So, I've thought about feeding them twice a day and with separate bowls but I don't know how much to give them? I've tried googling it but couldn't find much about it.

I do feed them dry food. I have a little bit of wet food but I don't feed it to them everyday. I can't afford to at this point in time. I'd like to incorporate a bit of wet food into their diet because I know it's good for them but all the information I come up with on the issue hasn't been helpful.

I worry about my cat because she's young (going to be three) and I know feline diabetes is a thing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Help with an slightly overweight cat. - June 6th 2016, 02:07 AM

Hey,

Sorry I haven't replied to this yet, I've been playing catch-up since I got back.

My first question is this: when do you next see your cats' vet? They're usually a good first call when you want to change your pet's diet, so if you can get in to see them soon (eg. for your cats' yearly checkup) I would highly recommend asking them about it.

Aside from that, I definitely think that having set times when you feed them would be a good idea. Maybe as a starting point you could try to monitor her for a few days to see how much she eats, and then you can adjust that as necessary. You could also just try restricting how often she can get at the food; for example you could only let her into the room where you feed her a few times a day, rather than letting her graze whenever she wants.

Also, you could consider upping the exercise she gets, either instead of or preferably in conjunction with changing her diet. Does she like to play? You could try tossing balled up paper for her, trailing strings along the ground, or anything else that gets her up and moving. My cats don't really like cat toys, but one of them will happily play with the dog's toys and the other one likes playing with anything that dangles (shoelaces, hoodie strings, etc). If there's something your cat likes to play with, use that to help her get active.

The other thing I'll mention is to check out the packaging that the food comes in. Where I am, cat and dog food often has feeding guides on the back of it so that you know roughly how much to give them. Is it the same where you are? That would be a really good baseline, if you have it.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes!


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