Originally Posted by Fiery
--EDIT--Huh. That science diet thing is very, very strange. I'm not sure why vets would recommend it if it promotes obesity and diabetes. o.O
Toby doesn't need to lose MUCH weight at all, especially not when compared to the 30 pound cats in the aforeposted articles. He's only between 15-17 lbs and is becoming more active; I think if I put him on a scheduled diet of mostly canned food, which he will eat (he loves that stuff), then that combined with the exercize he's been getting lately (we've been taking him on walks and such) should do the trick and get him to lose two-three pounds. At least, that's my theory!
Oooooops! I've quoted what you previously posted, not your edited edition. I think it's general knowledge that the Vet colleges have not, until fairly recently, provided unbiased (petfood industry-free) solid nutrition education to students. Apparently, it's getting better...but, one has to wonder.
Remember, too, Vet practices are businesses - and, there's a lot of $$$$$$$ to be made from the so-called prescription diets. (I find it sooooo ironic that these companies first sell "cat poison" to the public, then, through the Vets, sell the alledged antidote!)
|...I think if I put him on a scheduled diet of mostly canned food, which he will eat ...
You certainly have the right idea...the "recipie" will be the key as to whether/not it will work.
High protein, high fat (if he's active...i.e. exercising), low carb, grain-free wet food will do it for you. Without "pushing" any particular brand, here's one example
. The first six varieties are grain-free.
If you can't be around to feed fresh through the day, there are two possible options I know of,,,if the ambient temperature in your home is moderate, you can put out a meal of wet food (add water to make it "soupy) before you leave. That way, they can both have small meals of that while you're away. Many people have qualms about leaving wet food out...I (and my 6 cats) have no such problems...the food does not "go bad", nor does it develop nasty bacteria, etc, etc.
If you're not comfortable with that, you could use a high protein and fat, low carb, grain-free dry food, leaving perhaps a small bowl for both cats. Again, not recommending any particular brands, Orijen and Wellness Core are two such foods.
One more point. In nature, cats will eat several times a day - small meals each time. They're not like big cats (lions, tigers) who eat fewer but larger large meals. Their systems are also designed such that, if they eat infrequently, the urine which is produced tends to become very acidic. When they eat, it becomes less acidic, more alkaline. So, people who feed their cats infrequently, risk having cats whose urine is more regularly acidic...a predisposing factor for urine crystals. The lesson? Provide several small wet meals through the 24 hour day.