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my cat is overweight

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Vet wants me to limit her food, portion control, and I'm having a hard time doing it.
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  • LAC936
    It's hard to put your cat on a diet. I barely can keep myself in control, let alone my cats. I feed mine the mini cans of fancy feast for breakfast, lunch and dinner BUT one can lasts both cats the entire day. I only give them a taste (1/2 tsp each) for each meal. They get dry food which is available with fresh water during the day.
    3110 days ago
    I free feed my cats their dry food - and 2 of the 4 are just a little bit chunky. I measure out the dogs' food, and my Pom is a bowling ball with feet - despite our 1.5 to 4.5 mile walks! I think she convinces the cats to throw dry food down to her while I'm at work.The boy dogs are normal weight. Sigh
    3110 days ago
  • no profile photo TAMBORINEE
    My older kitty was overweight years ago. Vet put her on dry food. Then she was constantly consitipated. So I put her on wet food. She lost weight, is now healthy, and poops are good! Note: I also give her extra water with syringe because she likes that. Now the littler kitty wants to do it to. They have their own water bowls, but gently syringing some water is like a bonding thing, I guess. : ) emoticon
    3110 days ago
    My cat was overweight and was on a diet. The vet told us to measure 3/4 Cup of dry cat food a day. Did your vet tell you how much to feed your cat? By the way, I think you are doing well on your diet. Your getting near your goal weight! emoticon
    3110 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/14/2012 3:45:11 AM
    Sounds like you might not be convinced that portion control is a good thing. Are you convinced it's good for you to control portions to reach and maintain a healthy weight? Do you think your cat deserves to be healthy too? Do you know what is the proper portion of cat food she should have each day? It can vary depending on the brand and type of food you use, so knowing what's right for her is a good place to start. Then just set out that amount and no more. If she begs for more and it gets irritating, maybe that's a good time to take a walk outside--with or without her--to distract her. In time her stomach will shrink to the proper size and she won't demand to eat more than she should have. It's kind of the same with us. After we eat proper portions for a time, our appetite decreases because our stomachs aren't stretched quite so big any more. Good luck with the portion control for your cat AND for yourself. emoticon
    3110 days ago
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