Originally Posted by Abby7625
I switched them because the vet says Sam is getting too fat and recommended that I not feed him canned food except as a treat. They were eating 2 cans of it a day plus dry.
Two of my kitties went on diets about a year and a half ago. The way I did it and still made them happy was to put them on Science Diet lite and cut them back little by little on the amount they got, cutting the total amount for the day in half and feeding half in the morning an half in the evening (about our dinner time). They actually regulated the amount they ate all day so that there was always a little bit in the bowl. I slowly cut back the amount ever 5 days or so.
However, I did NOT give up their wet food. They truly count on that stuff, plus, it makes them sleep better at night (they sleep with me, so that's important to me!
). I just cut them back on that little by little, too.
How many cats are you feeding 2 cans? You should feed each about a 1/4-1/3 of a 6oz/5.5oz can per cat a day. They really don't need more than that, even if they're NOT on a diet. Don't cut him off cold turkey, he could very well be rebelling in some way that you've done so. I know mine freak out if ever I run out of wet food and they are deprived of it for even one evening. There are many wet foods now that are "lite" or "diet" that you can try for your overweight kitty, but only give him just 1/4 to 1/3 a can and he'll learn to savour it
Just imagine...every day you have a nice juicy steak, or a piece of chicken, or a filet of halibut for dinner. Then suddenly, you're cut off and get nothing but beans and rice. You'd be pretty ticked off, too, wouldn't ya?