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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Clyde is getting huge and I am worried about his health. There is nothing medically wrong with him. He is up to 16 lbs and rising. I have tried several different foods but he doesn't like the taste (I guess that isn't a bad thing )
Can anyone recommend a food that will be pleasing to a guy that likes to eat?
post #2 of 20
What have you tried ... i ask because there are two ways to monitor wt ...

wt control foods labelled as such ... usually high carbs and low fat with low to moderate protein

other way is a high protein moderate to high fat low carb

Does Clyde like wet food??

What does the vet say about Clydes wt??
post #3 of 20
What were you feeding him when he gained weight

Dry / Wet / Both
How much per day?
Free fed / Scheduled meals
What brands?
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
He is eating Natural Choice Indoor, dry only. He only gets wet on special occasions because it makes him stinky He does free feed and I don't have the heart to turn down his cute face so I thought that a lower calorie food might work. The vet recommended I switch food but he didn't like what she gave us. She said he is getting too big! It is kinda embarrassing, the kitten thought he was a girl and tried to nurse on him. He didn't mind though

post #5 of 20
What did the vet say about wt ???


If the vet said time to loss try a NON wt oriented formula... NC indoor is moderate protein low moderate fat moderate high carbs....

You may want to try a No grain
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY View Post
He does free feed and I don't have the heart to turn down his cute face so I thought that a lower calorie food might work.
I know the feeling, but free-feeding rarely works, even with low cal food. The cat will just eat more to fill himself up, and/or the increase in carbs often makes the cat gain weight. Measured portions are the only way to to know and control your kitty's intake.
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
what food would you suggest? The main problem is I have 2 kittens who free feed (kitten food= fattening). Should they all be on a schedule as far as feeding?
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY View Post
what food would you suggest? The main problem is I have 2 kittens who free feed (kitten food= fattening). Should they all be on a schedule as far as feeding?
Yes - I would strongly suggest a scheduled meal format for all 3 of them. Some cats do OK with free feeding (6 of mine did)...but for the ones who don't, meals are really the way to go - for the whole group. It can be very frustrating at first, but with a little time and patience you can work through the initial issues (begging, food envy, bowl swapping, etc). They'll get used to it and the issues will fade, and it'll seem very much worth the effort when you see the weight coming off of Clyde.
post #9 of 20
Pinnicle

and

wellness Core are lower fat
post #10 of 20
Here is a link of lists of dry foods with carb and calorie info.

http://www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/dryfood.html

there is also a link on that page for wet info. For losing weight I really recommend a wet food diet. Dry foods are just to high in carbs and calories.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by kitytize View Post
For losing weight I really recommend a wet food diet. Dry foods are just to high in carbs and calories.


Not to mention it's overall just healthier
post #12 of 20
It's a lot easier to control how much your cat is taking in with a wet food diet. Natural Choice makes some great wet foods, especially the Venison and Green Pea which is no-grain. I've found that formula doesn't make the litter box stinky as well. However, the litter stink is common with cats that have not been on a wet diet. it usually goes away after a few weeks.

If wet food isn't going to be convenient for you, why not switch to the Natural Choice reduced calorie formula? We feed that to our older cats who don't care for wet food.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by FerrisCat View Post
It's a lot easier to control how much your cat is taking in with a wet food diet. Natural Choice makes some great wet foods, especially the Venison and Green Pea which is no-grain. I've found that formula doesn't make the litter box stinky as well. However, the litter stink is common with cats that have not been on a wet diet. it usually goes away after a few weeks.

If wet food isn't going to be convenient for you, why not switch to the Natural Choice reduced calorie formula? We feed that to our older cats who don't care for wet food.
you have your brands all mixed up...

she is feeding Nutro NOT Natural balence( which is higher yet in carbs)....

I do agree wet would be best .... can you try one wet food meal a day???

decent to good wet foods can evan be found at walmart
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
I can do wet food once a day until the dry I have is gone. Do you recommend I feed the same brand of wet food all the time or should I switch around the flavors for variety? What brand would be good? Cost isn't an issue but something right down the middle would be best.
post #15 of 20
right now I will say I dont trust most canned...

but

Innova
Wellness
Solid Gold
*Evangers
*Merricks
* Felidea
Meow mix

none were involved with either recall...

Nutro is going in house so canned will be in short supply ...
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will try Wellness, it did wonders for our Cocker Spaniel. Would you advise sticking with one brand only?
post #17 of 20
no raotate flavors and brands that way if one cant be found you have others
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
I just went and picked up some Wellness for Clyde and they had a food called Premium Edge. It was only dry, no wet. Have you heard of it?
post #19 of 20
yeah it is good but abit grainy
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice. I hope that Clyde will be looking good in no time! He already looks cute, I guess I mean feeling better!
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