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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Amadeus was a tiny little thing when we got him at 8 weeks. (duh, what kitten isn't tiny?) The vet put him on Science Diet Kitten. He grew FAST. By the time he was 4 months old he was the size of some very petite adult cats that I've seen. At first he was just growing proportionately, but before we realized it, his belly was getting big. My previous vet put him on prescription cat food and we had to separate the two cats so they could each eat their respective food. He lost a couple ounces, but never really enough. It seemed he was always hungry, no matter how we tried to regulate his food or give him more. (I say "we" because I used to live with a guy and he moved away and we separated and I kept the cats, but now they are just mine.)

I took him to the vet this last time and he is 25 pounds! My friend, who rescued him as a kitten and gave him to us, said his parents were huge, and he has always had a bigger head and paws. The vet said he was a larger boned cat, but that he was still overweight. He needs to lose about 10 pounds so that he's about 15. I haven't had much trouble with him being so hungry anymore, but I'm wondering what the best way to lower his food portions and get this weight off of him. I don't want him to have any health problems and I know if he can run all over the place he'll be happier. I have found a couple toys that he just goes nuts over, so I'm able to exercise him a little each day, but how much is enough? And, I have a small apartment so there's not a whole lot of room until I get a bigger place. I am hoping for a 2 story townhouse soon because that's what I was in when I got him and he loved running up and down the stairs to chase his toy.

I am also wondering how much food he should be getting, right now he's getting between 3/4 and 1 cup per day. So, if someone can tell me that and also tell me how much exercise he needs to get him healthier I'd love it! thanks!!!
post #2 of 16
Try giving wet food and a food without so much corn and by products

your cat is technically obese and should be under a vets care to lose the wt
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks sharky. Do you have a recommendation of a wet food? This would mean I would need to feed them maybe once in the am and once in the pm? Would I need to leave out a tiny bit of dry food in case they get hungry during the day?
post #4 of 16
Sharky is our nutrition guru and will probably be along shortly to help you out.

Our Siamese boy, Bijou, is also on the "chunky" side - 17.5 lbs. In all fairness he is very muscular but has an amazing spay sway.

I changed his main diet over to a quality wet food (Merrick) with no grains and also changed his dry food to one with no grains (Orijen). I give him 1/2 can of wet in the morning (which he shares with Mika who is exactly half his size and 1/3 cup Orijen for snacking on during the day. For dinner he gets the other half can and there is still dry food left in his dish from the morning.

Before, I was giving him a dry food diet mostly and it was full of grains and calories and giving him more than he needed.

Science Diet is not exactly a quality food. My vet also recommended a weight control food that he would sell me (Hills/Science Diet - not sure of the name) but I opted to not use them. A lot of times the vet will just recommend what the sales people bring in to their office claiming it is wonderful and vets often don't know a lot about nutrition unless they've done some further study after vet school.

Most importantly - it is dangerous for your cat not lose weight rapidly. Cats should lose weight very gradually.
post #5 of 16
Where do you shop??

i ask cause giving names of food s not avail to you wont help
post #6 of 16
And just to give you an idea, I have 3 small female kitties, and they get 1 cup of food a day between the 3 of them, and that's enough.

So maybe start cutting down the amount of dry food you give him as the first step, and talk to your vet and see what they recommend.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sharky,

I work right around the corner from Petsmart. I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Thanks!
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by greenvillegal View Post
Amadeus was a tiny little thing when we got him at 8 weeks. (duh, what kitten isn't tiny?) The vet put him on Science Diet Kitten. He grew FAST. By the time he was 4 months old he was the size of some very petite adult cats that I've seen. At first he was just growing proportionately, but before we realized it, his belly was getting big. My previous vet put him on prescription cat food and we had to separate the two cats so they could each eat their respective food. He lost a couple ounces, but never really enough. It seemed he was always hungry, no matter how we tried to regulate his food or give him more. (I say "we" because I used to live with a guy and he moved away and we separated and I kept the cats, but now they are just mine.)

I took him to the vet this last time and he is 25 pounds! My friend, who rescued him as a kitten and gave him to us, said his parents were huge, and he has always had a bigger head and paws. The vet said he was a larger boned cat, but that he was still overweight. He needs to lose about 10 pounds so that he's about 15. I haven't had much trouble with him being so hungry anymore, but I'm wondering what the best way to lower his food portions and get this weight off of him. I don't want him to have any health problems and I know if he can run all over the place he'll be happier. I have found a couple toys that he just goes nuts over, so I'm able to exercise him a little each day, but how much is enough? And, I have a small apartment so there's not a whole lot of room until I get a bigger place. I am hoping for a 2 story townhouse soon because that's what I was in when I got him and he loved running up and down the stairs to chase his toy.

I am also wondering how much food he should be getting, right now he's getting between 3/4 and 1 cup per day. So, if someone can tell me that and also tell me how much exercise he needs to get him healthier I'd love it! thanks!!!
Amadeus' doctor is the best person to advise you on a diet plan for him; it sounds like that would be the proper amount of food for a cat his size, but when in doubt on any health issue, consult your vet. Exercise is key -- the interactive "wand" toys are wonderful for this, as are the (safe, "pet"-supply-store) laser toys and of course, his favorite orbs (my clowder love "twinkle balls" but they also go for other types, and of course, anything with CATNIP or honeysuckle...)

GOOD LUCK to you and Amadeus! Some cats are just very large; our eldest, Nicolas T. Cat, weighed 20 pounds in his prime and that was NOT fat. He is just a very tall,big-boned cat! At 17, he's lost muscle mass and weighs less.
A friend's big guy weighed 33 pounds in his prime! and is now comfortable at around 26 pounds.
post #9 of 16
Try feeding your cat soft cat food. Soft cat food contains about 75% moisture and less carbohydrates then hard food. Cats digest it much quicker then hard food. Not only is it good for keeping your cat slimmer, but is also good for urinary tract health in cats.
post #10 of 16
Petsmart

in no paticular order

Meow mix pouches or cups
Sheba in gold tubs
Authority
Blue spa
Nutro
Iams ( chn entree beef entree and oceanfish entree)
By organics or By nature canned ( pouches are made in China
post #11 of 16
I've known many many cats & dogs to have been in Hills Prescription R/D for weightloss. All they did was poop more. It's a terrible food, IMO.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks sharky! Would you recommend wet/moist food in any brand? What about Whiskas?
post #13 of 16
NOT any wet .. thou if whiskas is the ONLY wet it is better than NONE...

Whiskas has things like MEAT BY PRODUCTS ... which can be heads , internal organs , undevelopped eggs OF ANY MEAT source....

Add to list the big cans of Avoderm ....
post #14 of 16
If you can go to www.Naturapet.com, I feed Inova EVO, but there are others like Origen, or eagle peak that are good, Raw, if you can get premade or have someone work with you, however is best IMHO

The types of things that go into most grocey store/ wal-mart brand cat foods will give you nightmeres so I wont go there.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sharky, I saw that you recommended Meow Mix wet, and I am going to try that. I noticed on their website that they have "Market Fresh," which comes in a little cup, and then the pouches. Are either good?
post #16 of 16
Either of the pouches or tubs are good ... they are identical in ingrediants ( Note they are all FISH heavy )
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