Originally Posted by chausiefan
the cat the i found that felt disgustingly skinny is filling out I have him on kitten food right now but when do i know hes filled out enough and i can switch to adult? He sure does eat a lot~! But ive beewn feeding him can after can of wet kitten food but I can still feel his ribs VERY VERY well and i can also feel his back bones when i pet his back its like im petting a alagator with fur on TOP! SO boney! BUt he has filled out though!
HAve any of you had cats this skinny/boney? how long did it take to fix them >?
When we took Frankie in, her back legs couldn't support her if she tried to pivot, and she frequently would tip over, she was basically skin over bones. For the first three weeks that we had her, she did nothing but eat and sleep and gained 3 lbs. in 3 weeks! I too fed her kitten food, dry, with a little bit of canned - she seemed to prefer kibble. Our vet estimated she was up to 5 lbs. below her normal weight, and I do admit that after the 3 weeks, she kept gaining until she had quite a little round belly. I then cut back just a bit and she slimmed down a little, but could stand to lose a bit more.
Our vet said she was okay so long as she gained no more, before she lost a bit, so I feel pretty good about where she's at now.
I'd keep feeding this kitty all he'll take in until he's got a bit of padding over that backbone, hips and ribs.