Originally Posted by cloud_shade
That's always the case isn't it? The cat who needs it the most refuses the treatment. Can you make small amounts of dry food available to her throughout the day? It is very important that she eats something--overweight cats are at a greater risk of hepatic lipidosis when they don't eat. Perhaps you can build some exercise into the process by making her walk up stairs to get to the food or jump on a counter. My boyfriend's mother has five cats (including my boyfriend's) and five of them are overweight. She has to break them up to feed them. The two largest are fed together, while the skinny ones are fed in another room.
Since your biggest won't eat the canned, then I recommend feeding a good quality dry. Split the amount into at least two feedings and don't leave the food out indefinitely. Meal feeding will probably help you get your kitty's weight under control.
She still has access to dry food. I didn't take it away from them. It's down during the day. The suggestion originally was to feed some canned food which is better for them and it will fill some of the desire to "free feed" all day and help them cut back. Which it seems to have done. Problem is Nikki (Snickers) won't touch it. She's actually not a very big eater at all. I hardly see her eating so I'm not sure why she is overweight. Is there such a thing as underactive thyroids in younger cats? I know it's common to see overactive ones in elderly cats.
As far as exercise we are a strong fan of that as well. Usually we participate in laser exercises. They all love the stupid laser. Even Nikki, although she moves a little slower than the others. There's no way Nikki could get up on my counter to eat though.
When you suggested that it made me laugh so hard. She's so big she can barely get on to the bed. Poor baby.
Maybe I'll do as you (and others suggested), continue with the canned food and over time switch their "Free feed" dry food to something of a better quality. Maybe after that one of two things will happen - the better dry food will help her weight, or she won't like it cause it's healthy for her and she'll come around to the canned food.
Stubborn kitty's! We all know who rules the roost don't we?