My cat Snowball came to me as a stray; I don't think she was stray for very long because she wasn't super skinny like most of them are. This was the first time I'd ever dealt with a cat (didn't even like them before) and didn't know too much about how to feed them. The first week or so I gave her dry kibble, but because I felt sorry for her I thought I'd give her a little extra somethin' somethin' with her food. Oh yeah, at the time I was in the mindset that dry old kibble was boring and thought she would want some variety, so I would give her pieces of chicken, fish, and shredded cheese along with the kibble. Like most strays, she ate up every last bite because she didn't know when her next meal would come. I did this for about a month, but as I read up on how to take care of cats, I realized that she would be fine on a kibble/canned food diet and didn't need all those extras. Well, by that time the damage had been done! She was noticable chubbier (but still cute!). I have since switched her to a Innova lite; I give her 1/4 cup in the morning and in the evening I give her 1/3 of a can of Max Cat Chicken and Lamb. To me this seems like a low amount of food, but she's still fat! I also take her on walks maybe 3 times a week. By the way, I can't have animals in the house so she stays in my backyard. I would think an outside kitty would have plenty to do, but she sleeps a lot and is content to stay in the yard (doesn't roam) which is good, but she just doesn't move around a whole lot. She's about 10 pounds, but I'd say she should only be 7 pounds or so. Sometimes I feel bad, but at least she's not starving. Oh yeah, I'm also curious how much other people feed.
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8/1/03 at 2:46pm