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Old 02-25-2009, 08:06 PM   #21
 
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Maybe try switching her to a high protein food. I have one normal cat and one fat cat. The fatty would eat 'til he pops if you let him. I switched them to Wellness brand canned food and he's losing nicely. The wellness canned is mostly if not all protein. They get wet during the day and a dry Wellness "snack" before bed. My fat cat is a carb addict and yells at me constantly to eat but I want his weight down to keep him from developing diabetes. No way do I want to have to give a cat insulin injections someday.
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Maybe try switching her to a high protein food. I have one normal cat and one fat cat. The fatty would eat 'til he pops if you let him. I switched them to Wellness brand canned food and he's losing nicely. The wellness canned is mostly if not all protein. They get wet during the day and a dry Wellness "snack" before bed. My fat cat is a carb addict and yells at me constantly to eat but I want his weight down to keep him from developing diabetes. No way do I want to have to give a cat insulin injections someday.

That's a great idea. I'll look for it. I know I can only lose weight by eating high protein, so maybe it'll work for her too.
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I don't suppose she's part maine coon? Those cats are big boned and they get the funniest belly fat. There's not much that helps them lose.
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Another vote for Wellness, good stuff.
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I feed them the Wellness dry. It's also high protein, no bone meal or by-products. Excellent stuff. Both cats eat it, the old (former) fattie and the regular sized adult.
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I feed my cat the same amount of food year round. However, she gets fat in the winter because I don't let her out.
Is she an indoor cat? They need to exercise.


Yes, she's indoors-only. I know she needs to exercise...but getting her to do it is quite another story. She has zero interest in toys. She'll just look at you if you shake a toy or throw a piece of foil. I get nothing from her. She pretty much does absolutely nothing all day but lie in the sunbeam, and she likes it like that.

I'm thinking of cutting out the dry food completely and maybe giving her 2 tablespoons of wet food per day.
Gigi was the same way. She only slept. It sounds silly, but after she lost a few pounds, suddenly she started playing with her brother again and jumping up on things. That helped her lose more weight.
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My guy is about 12 lbs. and the vet would like him more around 10 or 11 lbs, so he doesn't have to lose very much. I absolutely give HUGE props to Wellness! Edison was eating that for quite a few years, but as old age crept up, he now has elevated liver and kidney levels. So the vet has him on prescription food - L/D for his liver, K/D for his kidneys. I was nervous about switching his food, because he is SO picky. But damn, you should see him hoover that stuff! He loves it, lucky for me.

So here's one of his "Giant Fat Belly Glamour Shots." Look at that gut, would ya? You'd think I fed him steak and potatoes every night:



Here's my blood-thirsty little monster watching "JAWS" - specifically, watching with rapt, unwavering attention as the girl in the beginning of the movie gets eaten by the shark. "Woooaaaaah.... dat's a big fish!":

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Gigi was the same way. She only slept. It sounds silly, but after she lost a few pounds, suddenly she started playing with her brother again and jumping up on things. That helped her lose more weight.
My 15 year old former fattie is the same way now. Playing again! Get a Kitty Can't Cope catnip sack. They can't resist. I also have a play tube and a wooden box with balls in it that they can poke their paw in. But the younger one still sleeps 50,000 hours a day, and the old one spends the day in the closet. In the dark.
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I don't suppose she's part maine coon? Those cats are big boned and they get the funniest belly fat. There's not much that helps them lose.
*guano*

As a kid we had a maine coon - whether he was a full blood or mixed I'm not sure (he was a stray that we took in) - but he was H-U-G-E. He was the most intelligent cat evuh! However, in spite of his totally laid-back demeanor, many times when we had company we had to lock him in a room because people would be startled by his size.

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Lisa- your cat is gorgeous! But he is hardly fat.
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I"m loving this thread...

*total guano*

I grew up with a cat who wasn't exactly the picture of svelte but not fat by any means. She was both indoors and outdoors, so while I rarely actually witnessed her exerting much energy, she certainly had to have been active... if you let her out on my parent's third story back deck, she'd dart in the front door of the house an hour later. And she was small, too. Very much a curl up on your lap and sleep the day away kind of cat.

My cat now, however, who I found in the road a few years ago (he charmed me from the word go, he's a smoooooooooooooth talker), is THE most active, talkative cat I've ever known in my life. He literally springs from room to room, talking the whole way. He'll go from a dead sleep to screaming through the house so quickly you'd think someone had given him an electric shock. And he's HUGE, and sounds like a herd of cattle racing around. If his food bowl so much as looks as though it might go empty sometime in the next 8 hours, he's crying and all over the place.

And talk about healthy BMs... I'm just glad my husband cleans the litter box. I don't think I could lift the damn thing.

He's also taken to sleeping on me. I wake up in the night to find him propped up on my hip, or on my chest, or on my back-- whatever's handy for him. Always me, NEVER my husband. And if I scoot him off to get up and go to the bathroom, he follows me, and then comes back to bed with me, and resumes his perch on whatever my highest plain is (in fact I even woke up one weekend morning to find him curled up on my butt, whilst I slept on my stomach).

Weirdo.

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Here's two pix of my big belly boo boo.



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I want a fat cat.
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Gemini, your kitty is so cute! He's got a big belly too, LOL!

My guy is a tiny bit heavy - only by a pound or so. But he's SOLID! I'll tell you, he's like a truck with paws. Now that he's an old guy (13 1/2 yrs old - he'll be 14 in July), he fluctuates between behaving like a total kitten and running all over the apartment like a crazy kid, to sleeping the whole day away like an old geezer.
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*total guano*

I grew up with a cat who wasn't exactly the picture of svelte but not fat by any means. She was both indoors and outdoors, so while I rarely actually witnessed her exerting much energy, she certainly had to have been active... if you let her out on my parent's third story back deck, she'd dart in the front door of the house an hour later. And she was small, too. Very much a curl up on your lap and sleep the day away kind of cat.

My cat now, however, who I found in the road a few years ago (he charmed me from the word go, he's a smoooooooooooooth talker), is THE most active, talkative cat I've ever known in my life. He literally springs from room to room, talking the whole way. He'll go from a dead sleep to screaming through the house so quickly you'd think someone had given him an electric shock. And he's HUGE, and sounds like a herd of cattle racing around. If his food bowl so much as looks as though it might go empty sometime in the next 8 hours, he's crying and all over the place.

And talk about healthy BMs... I'm just glad my husband cleans the litter box. I don't think I could lift the damn thing.

He's also taken to sleeping on me. I wake up in the night to find him propped up on my hip, or on my chest, or on my back-- whatever's handy for him. Always me, NEVER my husband. And if I scoot him off to get up and go to the bathroom, he follows me, and then comes back to bed with me, and resumes his perch on whatever my highest plain is (in fact I even woke up one weekend morning to find him curled up on my butt, whilst I slept on my stomach).

Weirdo.

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I feed my cat the same amount of food year round. However, she gets fat in the winter because I don't let her out.
Is she an indoor cat? They need to exercise.


Yes, she's indoors-only. I know she needs to exercise...but getting her to do it is quite another story. She has zero interest in toys. She'll just look at you if you shake a toy or throw a piece of foil. I get nothing from her. She pretty much does absolutely nothing all day but lie in the sunbeam, and she likes it like that.

I'm thinking of cutting out the dry food completely and maybe giving her 2 tablespoons of wet food per day.
That's my dog....whos mega fat too. I can't get her to play longer then 5 mins and then she just walks away. So you'd think I could do multiple 5 min playtimes....nope. When I say 5 mins, I mean in a whole 24 hours.

Mine doesn't get table food, and she's on a healthy food and getting the right amount for her "healthy" size.

No matter what we do that dog doesn't loose weight, walking only lasts so long before she plops her butt down and refuse to go anywhere. You could drag that dog before she'd take a step!!!! I get sick of having to carry her.

Unfortunetly we use to have another dog and when they were seperated she went into depression. Then a few weeks later she was bit by a poisonous spider and had to have major surgery. I thought animals were spose to lose weight then but mine plumped up like the good year blimp!!!!
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Good grief, lot of chunky pet owners here.

Anyways, this is my cat! lol lol

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Good grief, lot of chunky pet owners here.

Anyways, this is my cat! lol lol



Is her name Jenny Craig? Sheesh...you win! My Smudge is not quite that large.
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That's not her cat...she got that picture from tubcat.com...it's still sad, though. That poor animal.
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