Originally Posted by Ilovecats
Both Orei and Princess are overweight. Orei is 12 pounds, and Princess is 14. Princess is a small cat, with a huge belly. There is a sagging bit betwen her legs. Orei also is sagging. They both eat Max Cat for overweight cats. Its low calorie. Orei refuses to excercize.
What should I do to get the two back in shape?
Also, Princess's anal opening seems to be infected.
Its red, and dirty. I tryed cleaning things up, but she seems to be in too much pain.
I would take Princess to the vet. For Orei, does he not play with any toy at all? Will he play with any ball toys at all, will he climb for something he wants? The blitz turbo scratcher is good even for an unenergetic cat, simple balls toys that can be chased are ping pong balls, or for tossing for him (cats like that too) try crinkeballs or simple pompom balls - easy for him to pick up and carry after he's "captured it".
Try toys for wrestling with - I've recently been working to slim Miss Alix down as she had become alarmingly plump - she loves to rabbitkick and wrestle with toys such as kirbysticks, crawly critter - any toy with some length and flexibility to it will do. And she has slimmed down gradually on a mix of wet food, though mainly nutro natural choice complete care weight management. We've also been testing new wand toys that she likes...these get her leaping a bit, which is great exercise...try to find a wand Orei will respond to...they come with catnip stuffed toys on the end, feathers, toys with squeakers and ribbons..there are a bazillion different wand toys and feather teasers out there...or simply get a peacock feather and tickle his face with it...if he's like most cats, he'll swat at the offending feather...and voila, a bit of exercise...even better if it makes him get up and stalk off
then he's moving!
I'd consider placing his food up or down - a basement, or upstairs bathroom, so he must move to get to his food. I'd stop free-freeding if you are, and since dry food gives a range i.e. feed x amt to x amt. if cat is 11-15 lb.s, go for the lower end of that recommended amt to feed - divide it into two feedings per day.
If you can, try decreasing the amt. of dry, and add in instead a good quality canned food (good quality means few carb's, mainly protein from meat/poultry/fish sources versus corn gluten meal).