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Diet Help...they act as thought they're starving!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I put my cats on a diet. They act as if they are starving! I KNOW I am feeding enough to help them lose weight but still give good nutrition. One eats only wet food; the other eats dry.
Dry food kitty gets 2/3 -3/4 cup a day.
Wet food kitty gets 4-5 ounces a day.
(this is spread out over the day).

They are indoor cats. I play with the cat dancer a few times a week.
HELP! They meow and it freaks me. They go to their food area and meow and meow.

Also, how much pee is normal???
post #2 of 14
what food are they getting??

it seems reasonable for a premium food and are about 10lbs but if it is ditet they are hungry often they have to many carbs ..


Kandie when she was younger peed two or three times a day... Zoey pees five times a day
post #3 of 14
OK, my first question to you is why did you put your cats on a diet? Were they grossly overweight? Has your vet suggested that they need to lose weight? Is he assisting you with the weight loss plan?

As to the pee'ing, if this is not normal behavior and it is something you have only noticed since you began dieting them, then it is indicative of a problem - I would suggest getting an appointment with the vet to discuss possibilities and to rule out health issues.

It is never a good idea to diet a cat without a vet's supervision. Cats need to lose weight gradually in order to prevent liver issues. Your vet can accurately weigh them and determine what is the proper amount of food to feed each of them and at what intervals.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thew vet did not tell me they HAD to go on a diet. He said it would not hurt them to lose a pound or two.
He was the one who told me how much to feed them, etc.

He said they were just big cats.

I think I am worrying too much. They are happy and healthy otherwise.

I just stress over them. They are my family.


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Originally Posted by gayef
OK, my first question to you is why did you put your cats on a diet? Were they grossly overweight? Has your vet suggested that they need to lose weight? Is he assisting you with the weight loss plan?

As to the pee'ing, if this is not normal behavior and it is something you have only noticed since you began dieting them, then it is indicative of a problem - I would suggest getting an appointment with the vet to discuss possibilities and to rule out health issues.

It is never a good idea to diet a cat without a vet's supervision. Cats need to lose weight gradually in order to prevent liver issues. Your vet can accurately weigh them and determine what is the proper amount of food to feed each of them and at what intervals.
post #5 of 14
Bobbie,

You are working with the vet and just continue to work with him. S&H know you all too well and will be a pain in the you-know-what if they think they can get their way.

From about 3:00 pm until dinner at 6:00 pm, Carly will meow and meow and meow every time we go into the kitchen. To the way she sounds, she hasn't been fed for "YEARS". This is with dry food available all of the time that she will eat. She just wants the special stuff.

It is hard, but sometimes you just have to ignore them. And just keep in touch with your vet.

Jana
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
(((jana)))
thank you.

I am relieved!

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Originally Posted by katachtig
Bobbie,

You are working with the vet and just continue to work with him. S&H know you all too well and will be a pain in the you-know-what if they think they can get their way.

From about 3:00 pm until dinner at 6:00 pm, Carly will meow and meow and meow every time we go into the kitchen. To the way she sounds, she hasn't been fed for "YEARS". This is with dry food available all of the time that she will eat. She just wants the special stuff.

It is hard, but sometimes you just have to ignore them. And just keep in touch with your vet.

Jana
post #7 of 14
Both of my cats are on diets (per dr's instructions) and we go through the same thing all the time! They act like they're starving and I haven't fed them in forever!! I think it's harder on me than it is on them. When I'm home with them in the evenings, everytime I get up to go in the kitchen, they think I'm going to feed them and they race to their bowls. Sometimes I think they're not really hungry, just looking for something to occupy their time, so I'll play with them for a few minutes, then they take a nap until it is time for food.

Silly kitties!

Stephanie
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
oh thank you! I feel better!

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Originally Posted by stephanietx
Both of my cats are on diets (per dr's instructions) and we go through the same thing all the time! They act like they're starving and I haven't fed them in forever!! I think it's harder on me than it is on them. When I'm home with them in the evenings, everytime I get up to go in the kitchen, they think I'm going to feed them and they race to their bowls. Sometimes I think they're not really hungry, just looking for something to occupy their time, so I'll play with them for a few minutes, then they take a nap until it is time for food.

Silly kitties!

Stephanie
post #9 of 14
Both of my girls have been on a diet as per the vet. Sometimes Jazz with just sit there and stare at her dish as if saying "If I concnetrate really hard the food will just appear!

Believe me I know how tough it is, but you've got to hang in there!
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamasmom
Both of my girls have been on a diet as per the vet. Sometimes Jazz with just sit there and stare at her dish as if saying "If I concnetrate really hard the food will just appear!

Believe me I know how tough it is, but you've got to hang in there!
Thank you; I will try my best. I just love them so much and hate for them to feel neglected.
post #11 of 14
I don't know if you have fought the battle of the bulge yourself but for those of us who have and still do we can certainly relate to your cats.
post #12 of 14
My Callie, who's been dieting the longest and is trimming down and lookin' sharp, I might add, will fall asleep by the food dish and sleep for an hour or more waiting for me to feed her! I figure she's not really all that hungry if she's sleeping. If she was truly hungry, she'd be pestering me to no end and meowing like crazy. She only meows when she's hungry, too!

One thing I found that really helps is to put them (& you) on a schedule. It will help you, too. That way you'll be able to tell yourself it's not time yet. You don't have to be extremely rigid with the schedule, but it gives you a general time frame of when they should eat. Since we're gone more during the day and they are generally less active, my kitties get more in the mornings and evenings. You just have to work on it until you find a schedule that works for you and your kitties.

Stephanie
post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by katachtig
From about 3:00 pm until dinner at 6:00 pm, Carly will meow and meow and meow every time we go into the kitchen. To the way she sounds, she hasn't been fed for "YEARS". This is with dry food available all of the time that she will eat. She just wants the special stuff.

It is hard, but sometimes you just have to ignore them. And just keep in touch with your vet.

Jana
starting at around 430pm, every time i get up, Cable will leap up & run into the kitchen, like she's about to die...i usually give them wet food around 6pm. they're not even on diets!
post #14 of 14
my mom's dogs are the same way. they get fed at 4pm every day, and they start following her around and crying about 2pm.

they're not starving by ANY means.. they're actually too chubby because my mom gives in to them too often!
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