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post #1 of 12
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Has anyone had their cat gain weight on a diet of canned food alone? I ask because my cat is overweight. He weighs approximately 16 pounds and should ideally weigh 12-13 pounds. He gained a lot of weight eating a combination of EVO and canned and he's now on Wellness Healthy Weight and canned. He gets 2.5-3 oz of canned a day. I mainly feed Wellness, Evangers, Innova, and Merricks. I don't feel that he's losing any weight since I switched foods several months ago. My next step is to try an all canned diet. Thoughts?
post #2 of 12
How much dry food is he eating with the wet food?

Leslie
post #3 of 12
Go all wet. Dry has too many calories from carbs.
post #4 of 12
Unless you do a high protein low carb dry, such as orijen.... It sounds to me that you are giving too much of the dry food - how much are you feeding her?
post #5 of 12
As with humans you need to consider calories. Do you control how many calories he eats? I'd stop all dry. I'm sure it's possible for him to lose weight even with a low carb dry in his diet but I think it would be easier if he didn't eat any.

Exactly how much are you feeding?
post #6 of 12
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Thanks for the replies! He currently gets approximately 2.25 oz of canned food and 1/4 of a cup of Wellness. When I was still feeding the EVO he was eating 1/4 or a cup of that plus the same amount of canned as he's getting now and gained weight on that.

ETA: He doesn't get any treats in his diet either
post #7 of 12
If it was me I would just feed 100% wet. Probably about 6 oz/day- so two of the small cans a day.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by qhgirl1 View Post
Thanks for the replies! He currently gets approximately 2.25 oz of canned food and 1/4 of a cup of Wellness. When I was still feeding the EVO he was eating 1/4 or a cup of that plus the same amount of canned as he's getting now and gained weight on that.

ETA: He doesn't get any treats in his diet either
How often does he get that amount of food? When I fed dry and wet I fed 1/4 cup of dry in the morning and about 3 oz of wet in the evening.
post #9 of 12
you have gooten some good advice but please discuss this matter with the vet .. has kitty been weighed recently??
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
How often does he get that amount of food? When I fed dry and wet I fed 1/4 cup of dry in the morning and about 3 oz of wet in the evening.
I feed the wet in the morning and dry at night
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you have gooten some good advice but please discuss this matter with the vet .. has kitty been weighed recently??
No, he hasn't been weighed recently. The vets' solution to weight loss around here is Science Diet and that's not even something I would consider.
post #11 of 12
I have had one cat gain weight on canned alone. He is my older, senile boy who tends to forget that he just ate five minutes after eating--therefore, I fed him more than I should have, and that caused him to gain weight. I would definitely recommend trying canned only--just make sure you adjust if the kitty's weight stays stable. I would also suggest getting a scale so you can monitor his weight at home. You can look for scales on CraigsList, or you can get a postal scale. I bought an inexpensive postal scale--I put a cardboard box on it so that I can put the cat in the box. I found it to be cheaper than a baby scale.
post #12 of 12
My sister's cat gained weight on all canned diet (low-carb Fancy Feast). She's now working with a vet and on cutting total calories he eats rather than focusing on the type of food he's eating.
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