I'm just soaking in as much information as possible while waiting for some signs of improvement for Butters, my new little boy, since he may or may not have the herpes virus and is having an outbreak right now (antibiotics aren't working for long, etc).
I've gone on to read that many of you have this situation with cats, and that you have yours on special diets. What do you recommend? I won't say what I have my cats on now, because the petfood war seems to be pretty big, and I honestly can't afford $100 bags of catfood for my 3 babies, but it's not bargain dollar-store brand...it's probably higher mid-range.
My problem is that all cats are fed at the same time via a large bowl that's always there for them (I know, not ideal), and wet food a few times a week for just a treat. My two newest are pretty small (in fact, we're trying to get Butters to gain just another few pounds -- he is up a pound in two weeks though! This is great, because he was SO skinny), but my oldest (2.5 years) is larger (13.8 pounds), but still not "fat." The vet considers him to be "perfect," which is odd for such a heavy cat, but from my photos (he's the black and white -- Domino), you can see, he's just HUGE....he's twice as long as the little ones.
But he does have a little pouch, so I do have the concern of not wanting him to get any larger (and honestly a pound lost would probably not be terrible for him), but wanting the two others TO get larger, and now the added bonus of possibly having a separate diet just for my herpes boy.
Phew. I hope this wasn't as confusing as I think it might be...