Originally Posted by Cilla
I don't know how this has happened because Buttons only eats the same as the other three. In the last two or three weeks Buttons has put so much weight on I have become a bit concerned. She is only small and she is waddling. Her little legs are too small to carry excess weight. I am taking her to the vet Monday morning to make sure she is OK. Could there be some illness causing this? If she has to go on a diet how do I manage this with three other cats eating? I am thinking all sorts of things could be wrong. She is the sweetest little thing and the joy of my life.
I will let one of the vet tech's comment on what might cause such weight gain, but had a few thoughts on how to handle perhaps needing to feed her seperately.
1: consider timed feedings in seperate locations...feed her seperately from the other 3, and pull the food up after 30 minutes (put her in a bathroom or a seperate room with a door i.e. a den).
2: schedule her for a 15-20 minute session of interactive play with you each day....ball toss (use something light like a crinkle ball or a mylar ball, a wool pompom), use a wand toy with a long string to really make her chase after it.
3: pick up some self-play toys...ping pong balls for kitty soccer, one of the self-righting toys that she can bat this way and that.
4: if you have stairs, and could feed her in a room where she has to go up or down a flight of stairs to get to that room...feed her there. Every bit of exercise, if a diet is what your vet prescribes, will help.
I'm sure others here will have some good suggestions to add,