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post #1 of 16
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How can i get my cat to lose weight, its effecting her breathing. and im very worried. The vet has put her on many different foods and nothing as worked????
post #2 of 16
A high quality wet food would be the best way for your cat to lose weight. Cats are carnivores and dry kibble has far too many carbohydrates for their diet, especially in overweight cats or those with diabetes. Wet cat food is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates, which is what your kitty needs These links will help explain it better:

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...needcannedfood

http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned_food.htm/

http://www.catinfo.org/

http://www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm
post #3 of 16
Increase her activity level gradually. feed her at a high spot, top of the cat condo, top of a shelf. Encourage her to play with toys like Da'Bird or another good interactive toy.
post #4 of 16
My cat was up to 18lbs and I decided to monitor how much she ate. I give her 1/4 cup in the morning and at night. It's been 4 months and she has lost 4lbs. She is on the same food which is Purina One.
post #5 of 16
I had an overweight cat who also kept having problems with urinary stuff. The vet put him on R/D prescription catfood and told me the amount to give him twice a day. He was weighing in at about 16 lbs. and now weighs around 10 lbs. The thing is, I couldn't cheat and give him anything else, nothing. It was dry food and he did very well with it. Now he is eating W/D which is also prescription and a weight maintenance product. Both of my cats eat it as a matter of fact because they both have had urinary problems. It costs more, but he is doing much better with the urinary problems since his weight is down. The second cat has been on it since July and he is doing well now. I hope it will keep them from getting blocked up again or having crystals and infections. Good luck with your cat. If I were you, I would discuss the weight issue with the vet who takes care of him and follow his recommendations.
post #6 of 16
My cat is also on WD dry only since June. She weighs 14 pounds. She hasn't lost any weight but she stopped gaining. I feed her 3/4 cup spread out over the day. How much do you feed per day?
post #7 of 16
I am sorry about your kitty being overweight. I have seen people who feed their cat dry food and throw the pieces so they have to chase them, like a game. My cat, though she is actually a little skinny, loves the game even though she can eat any time she wants! I just sit on the floor and toss them down our little hallway, and she runs after them one at a time. I wouldn't say that's the only way she should be able to get food, but it might help her be more active! Hope this helps!
post #8 of 16
the vet should be advising you on amounts to eat for her weight (the prob I had with my overweight foster is that the weight management food didn't go up to his weight!!) - it is important that you stick to it, and don't give her any treats. Plus exercise more. My foster has lost more weight since being on a wet food only diet though.
post #9 of 16
I am using Hill's Prescription Diet. My cats have bladder stones but no crystals in their urine.

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Originally Posted by Bugaboo1
I had an overweight cat who also kept having problems with urinary stuff. The vet put him on R/D prescription catfood and told me the amount to give him twice a day. He was weighing in at about 16 lbs. and now weighs around 10 lbs. The thing is, I couldn't cheat and give him anything else, nothing. It was dry food and he did very well with it. Now he is eating W/D which is also prescription and a weight maintenance product. Both of my cats eat it as a matter of fact because they both have had urinary problems. It costs more, but he is doing much better with the urinary problems since his weight is down. The second cat has been on it since July and he is doing well now. I hope it will keep them from getting blocked up again or having crystals and infections. Good luck with your cat. If I were you, I would discuss the weight issue with the vet who takes care of him and follow his recommendations.
post #10 of 16
What Hill's Prescription formula are you using? RD or WB. How long have you
been feeding this?
post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitytize
My cat was up to 18lbs and I decided to monitor how much she ate. I give her 1/4 cup in the morning and at night. It's been 4 months and she has lost 4lbs. She is on the same food which is Purina One.

Wow that's alot. My vet recommended a loss for my big kitty of no more then 1lb/2months to be healthy
post #12 of 16
Scully lost about that (but he weighed over 30lbs when we got him so he lost a lot quickly whn we started him exercising and eating less) but as long as the cat is getting enough food and monitored by a vet he said it wasn't a problem alrhough he also recommends a guideline of 1/2lb a month if you are not having the vet check the cat very regularly.

We played games with Scully for food and also fed 1/4 cup twice a day and lots of play time with interactive toys
post #13 of 16
I also have had issues with an overweight cat. And we have done a better job a increasing her activity and cutting back on the food. However one of the side effects, is that she now spends most of the evening meowing at me for food, even after she has eaten.

Any ideas? We currently give them about a 1/4 cup of hard food in the morning, 1/3 cup of wet food and hard food in the evening, and some fresh turkey at night before bed..

she is driving me nuts as soon as I come in from work, until we go to bed
post #14 of 16
Maybe you could spread out her evening feedings. Put out the wet at dinner and the dry right before bed. It might be that she is accustom to having more food and just needs to learn thta that's all she's getting.
post #15 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bugaboo1
I had an overweight cat who also kept having problems with urinary stuff. The vet put him on R/D prescription catfood and told me the amount to give him twice a day. He was weighing in at about 16 lbs. and now weighs around 10 lbs. The thing is, I couldn't cheat and give him anything else, nothing. It was dry food and he did very well with it. Now he is eating W/D which is also prescription and a weight maintenance product. Both of my cats eat it as a matter of fact because they both have had urinary problems. It costs more, but he is doing much better with the urinary problems since his weight is down. The second cat has been on it since July and he is doing well now. I hope it will keep them from getting blocked up again or having crystals and infections. Good luck with your cat. If I were you, I would discuss the weight issue with the vet who takes care of him and follow his recommendations.
Are you feeding just dry WD. That's what I feed but I'm concerned about the synethic preservations BHA, BHT and ethyoxquin. How do you feel?
post #16 of 16
i am dieting 15 lb cat right now, just started the diet monday on hills prescription r/d and i love the idea about throwing the food. that is an excellent idea to get him moving a little more!
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