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The other day I started volunteering at the local animal shelter. They had an "overweight" cat there that was slightly smaller than my own cat, Susie. I told my parents that I'm going to be taking over the responsibility of feeding her from now on.<br><br><br><br>
I bought her some new and different toys.<br><br><br><br>
The shelter only gives their cats roughly a cup of food for the day. I don't know if that is too much/too little for my overweight cat, so that's why I'm asking. We feed her Whiskas. She has a vet appointment Auguest 31st for a checkup, to get her shots, and a teeth cleaning, so we're not going to change her food before then. I fed her this morning and her cup of food is gone.<br><br><br><br>
Anything else I should know or I should do?<br><br><br><br>
Also, someone told me that overweight cats don't enjoyed being picked up because it's uncomfortable for them. Would that be the case with my kitty?<br><br><br><br>
Thank you.
 

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Set up a weight loss plan with the vet because it's dangerous for them to lose weight too fast. Maybe before you go, you can try to gauge how much your cat is eating so you have an accurate baseline.
 

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You should be able to tell by Susie's reaction whether she likes being picked up or not, and I agree that you should talk to your vet about it. I'd say that a cup should be roughly sufficient (but again I'm not a vet). How often is she used to being fed? Because if it's usually twice a day and you only want to give her a cup total, then you'll need to give her only 1/2 a cup in the morning.
 

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Your cat food bag should have feeding instructions on it. 1 cup might be good for a heavier cat. My cat eats only 1/2 cup per day, and that's also the amount I fed my foster cats when they needed weight maintenance. Some of the cheaper foods with lots of fillers require more food, so again check the bag as it varies by brand.
 

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i would switch her to a higher quality food as soon as possible. lower quality foods have less nutrients and more fillers, so she will want to eat more to get what she needs out of it. cutting back her intake may make her lose weight but it may also cause deficiencies. a good rule of thumb i've always followed is never buy a brand of pet food that is available at grocery or department stores. they're there strictly for convenience, like mcdonalds. she'll naturally eat less of a better quality food, and it'll just be better for her in general.<br><br><br><br>
i'm trying to get my boy to lose a little bit right now also. he used to just eat dry food which i'd just always have available for him to pick at through the day. now he gets half a small can of food in the morning and the other half at night, and a bit of dry in case he gets hungry in between. but my problem now is he's lost interest in the dry food now that he gets yummy canned food. so i bought a container of fish flakes at the pet store that you sprinkle into their food to make it more appealing. but he's not buying into that at all lol.<br><br>
from what everyone else has told me and from what i've read elsewhere, the only way to make sure they eat enough and not too much is to portion their food out at meals and not just keep a full bowl at all times (which is so much easier <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> )<br><br>
the canned food i'm giving him is Wellness, it's pricey but it's human-grade meat, no preservatives, no fillers. it hasn't been very long but already i have actually noticed on the new food his coat has gotten very soft and healthy looking, it used to always be very dry and staticy.
 

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Wellness is a very very good brand of cat food. Its the dry cat food we feed all our cats. IF he lsot interest jsut make sure he's getting enough calories and nutrents, go on the lower side of feeding if you want. But wiht higher food usually liek said above they'll even out and lsoe weight on their own because of the no fiullers and corn and wheat.<br><br><br><br>
I second gettig him a better brand of cat food. I refuse to buy any cat food thats in a cahin pet store. Those are slightly better than department store/ grocery stores but still not great. You really hsoudl look for a small pet store around you or go on the wellness or innova website to see where they sell ti aroudn you. Most of the holistic and high quality kibbles have a store finder on their website.
 

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how much should i be giving him anyway? he weighs about 18 pounds. the can says 1 can a day for an 8 lbs cat, so i guess i should be giving him 2 cans a day but he just doesn't eat that much. plus i want him to eat dry in between for his teeth (and my wallet)<br><br><br><br>
check out what i dug up last night. where i normally buy it the medium sized cans are $1.89 each (yowza!). i found a site where i can buy it online, in the large cans which i can't seem to find anywhere, by the case. 12 large cans for $19.99. i'd asked at the pet store if i could buy by the case and if i'd get a deal, they didn't seem to understand what i was asking, i didn't think it was an uncommon thing for people to buy a lot at once. and when i asked if they could get large cans they said "it doesn't come in bigger cans, it would go bad before you used it" yeaahh what about people that have multiple cats? you can buy gigantic bags of dry food and of litter, for houses with more than one cat, but you can't get big cans? pfft. well the website has proved them wrong on that one eh?<br><br>
even with currency exchange and shipping it's cheaper for me to get it online<br><br><a href="http://www.onlynaturalpet.com" target="_blank">www.onlynaturalpet.com</a><br><br>
they have merrick brand as well, i found some in a different store in town here and tried it, the ingredients are almost identical to wellness and it's cheaper, but the bugger doesn't like the stuff. i'm stuck with like 5 cans lol.<br><br><br><br>
anyway his dry food is nutrience, been feeding him that for years, they have a customer appreciation thing where you get the 11th bag free. i have half a bag now and my next one is free. after that i'm going to switch to wellness dry as well. maybe he'll like it better than the nutrience and eat more of it
 

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Lady File, our cats weren't really intersted in dry food until we tried both the royal canin and nutro brands. They eat wellness canned food but weren't a big fan of the dry. We get the 12 oz cans by the case at our petstore for $22(they even let us mix flavors) so I don't know why your petstore couldn't figure that out, lol.
 

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I have had two overweight cats so far and both didn't enjoy being held.<br><br>
Coincidental maybe? Or truly uncomfortable for them. Not sure either.<br><br>
I try to break up the feeding - 1/2 in morning or 1/2 at night. Also, try to get the cat to move around more like playing activities with her or chase her a bit. I am helping the current overweight cat lose weight. She recently joined our family and I already have a skinny kitty. They both eat the dental care Science Diet because of plaque build up. But I do limit the food portion. Once the food is out, that's it and no snacking. I do give the skinny kittie treats though. I think the skinny one helps the overweight one when they play together. Except the skinny one is getting skinnier by being so active. I heard the weight should come off slowly. It's dangerous for overweight cats to lose weight too rapidly. Like 2 to 3 lbs a year. I hope by keeping her more active, she'll lose some weight. Also, watch her hygiene as it is very difficult for overweight cats to clean themselves. I wash this one since she can't reach many areas.
 

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how much should i be giving him anyway? he weighs about 18 pounds. the can says 1 can a day for an 8 lbs cat, so i guess i should be giving him 2 cans a day but he just doesn't eat that much. plus i want him to eat dry in between for his teeth (and my wallet)</div>
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Actually thats a misconception that eating dry helps keep their teeth clean. It does nothing to help there teeth, you need a bone or something that will grind against they're teeth to help clean it, kibble just crushes.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Truthfully getting a high qaulity cat kibble(science diet is NOT a good food at all, adverstisements are really misleading.. and again kibble does not help keep there teeth clean so callign it dental kible really is jsut a stupid useless title). What wil really help there teeth is giving them bones and a high quality kibble. Maybe even more wet food if you allow it.<br><br><br><br>
If i was you i'd feed him the amount that he should be getting with a normal weight. If he is more active, it'll help him lose weight, if he is more active ythen you can slowly increase until you find the right amount for him. But remember look at the calroies. The amoutn you shodul feed on the can is a GUIDELINE. If he is lower active he shoudl get less if higher active try the amont they suggest and if he loses weight, stay at that until you get him at a good size, then give him more.<br><br><br><br>
Waiting after the next bag is fine, wellness is a good brand and our cats love it. So i guess it depends on what your cat likes. If your worried i suggest buying the samller bag. Usually if you buy from a pet store they'll let you return a hardly eaten bag.
 

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I've heard that for overweight cats senior formula cat foods can help w/weight management. I don't remember where I heard that from, but it wouldn't hurt to ask your vet about it, or if anyone here has any info/thoughts on that.
 

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just wanted to add, though it might be TMI, that on the welness canned food Moo's b.m.'s are a lot smaller, softer, and less stinky! i just cleaned the litter box and usually it's pretty smelly because he never figured out how to bury, but also there's always a strong amonia smell from his urine and even that is a LOT less noticable(almost nonexistent!), not sure what that means but this food is supposed to be good for urinary tract health so i'm taking this as a good sign (good for me too since the smell of amonia makes me sick)
 

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<<<----Has noticed the same thing with wellness. We have 4 cats and two litter boxes and when my parents come to visit they always remark about how my house doesn't smell like "****". These are the same parents who won't let their cats stay in the house because litterboxes smell too bad (they are friskies feeders)
 

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My vet has told me my 12 pound cat needs to lose about 2 pounds (she SHOULD be a small cat - but she's chubby enough her stomach wobbles back and forth when she runs and she has trouble jumping up on things now). Things I've learned:<br><br><br><br>
- a good quality "lite" cat food is the way to go<br><br>
- don't let the cats free-feed. Feed them twice a day with a set amount. Put the food they don't eat away after a half hour or so. (For wet food, this would be in the refrigerator, obviously.) At the moment, I usually leave some food out overnight, or they'll wake me up because they're hungry.<br><br><br><br>
Since I have 2 cats (one skinny, one chubby) I now have 2 kinds of cat food and am trying to feed each cat differnt food. Both like the "lite" food I got, though. The vet suggested I may have to feed them in different rooms (putting the food away after a half hour or so).
 

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I have a 15 lb cat and my vet says he's healthy. He doesn't eat much and gets lots of exercise in my apartment. I never think a cat is overweight anymore unless the vet tells you.
 
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