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Old 02-25-2009, 05:55 PM   #1
 
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I have her on so little food, I really don't know how she stays alive, let alone so fat. She's like 20 pounds, and I can't feel a rib anywhere under all the wooba-wooba belly fat. She does absolutely nothing in the way of exercise (unless you count slowly rolling across the floor to follow the sunbeam). Right now, I give her 1/6 of a can of wet food (1 ounce...about 1 tablespoon), and 1/4 cup of dry diet food. She gets this once per day. That's it. How much less can I feed her to help her lose a few pounds?

I'm really lucky that she's not a meow-er. She sits and stares at me and I guess tries to tell me to feed her telepathically, but it's really not too annoying. Most cats would be crying for food on this diet.

My last cat was very active, and he ate a whole can each day, plus free access to dry food, and he never weighed more than 5 pounds. He would yell at me if I was too slow with the feeding.
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Hmmmm, it almost sounds like she's got a thyroid problem or something.
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Get a kitten for her to play with!!
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Hmmmm, it almost sounds like she's got a thyroid problem or something.
+1 Hypo, I think?
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Hmmmm, it almost sounds like she's got a thyroid problem or something.
Yeah, I'd get her checked. That's a little bit of food for her to be that heavy - could be thyroidal. Good luck, I hope she's okay!
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Do you take her to the vet? What do they say? If you don't, maybe you should. There could be something medically wrong, like LoloDSM said. Did she eat a lot before you started limiting her food? How old is she?

There are some cats that are just big. My cousin had a cat that was so big I used to say it was a dog in a cat costume, this thing was huge!

Also, this is useless without pics. I love me some fat cats!
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I should have mentioned that she's fine healthwise. The vet did a standard blood panel on her last time and it was normal. Of course, the vet intimated that I overfeed her. I think the cat is just L.a.z.y. She's very efficient...she has a small triangle that she travels...sunbeam, feeding station, litterbox. That's it.

Hmmmm...maybe I should move her feeding station to the other end of the house just to give her some exercise.
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Hmm. My cat had grazing rights to her dry food bowl and she got up to 19 pounds. My vet told me she HAD to go on a diet and told me to feed her one can of Fancy Feast wet food twice a day-- in other words, two cans a day. And she lost a LOT of weight. 5 pounds in a year.

Maybe just the same diet my Gigi went on? Two cans of Fancy Feast a day.
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Also, this is useless without pics. I love me some fat cats!
<--- He's fat! The vet would like him to drop a couple of pounds, so I have his food limited too. He, on the other hand, is a "yeller" - he lets me know that this new diet is not fine with him. God, I lifted him the other night, it was like picking up a toddler! But he's always been big, too - he's 13 1/2, and since he was a year old, he's just always been a big boy. I'm very careful with how much and what I feed him, he gets no table food, and he gets regular vet check ups. He's just "big boned."
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<--- He's fat! The vet would like him to drop a couple of pounds, so I have his food limited too. He, on the other hand, is a "yeller" - he lets me know that this new diet is not fine with him. God, I lifted him the other night, it was like picking up a toddler! But he's always been big, too - he's 13 1/2, and since he was a year old, he's just always been a big boy. I'm very careful with how much and what I feed him, he gets no table food, and he gets regular vet check ups. He's just "big boned."
So cute. I miss having a cat. My parents have a cat but she's a b*tch, she doesn't like anyone.

I can't have a cat right now, I have enough animals in my house!
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Awwwww. How old is she? What brand of food do you give her?

I have a very active and talkative 2 year old cat. She eats about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of dry food a day. We've been using Halo brand dry food which I believe doesn't have a lot of filler in it but isn't huge or too healthy looking that she can't digest it. She's always been strong and healthy though with exception to having a sensitive stomach. Seems like different cats need different diets.

That's an awesome idea to move her food bowl or playing with her a certain amount everyday.
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My old cat is not active, but Wellness dry cat food gave him some weight loss and keeps him healthy. Whatever's in it, they have some healthy BMs.
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I have a chunk at home too. Her vet says she's overweight, I'm starting to think she's just big boned. I took her completely off of wet food, she's extremely active, and she still has the shape of an armadillo. This is was her when in her "trimmer" days... she's at least 5 pounds heavier now.

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Also, this is useless without pics. I love me some fat cats!
<--- He's fat! The vet would like him to drop a couple of pounds, so I have his food limited too. He, on the other hand, is a "yeller" - he lets me know that this new diet is not fine with him. God, I lifted him the other night, it was like picking up a toddler! But he's always been big, too - he's 13 1/2, and since he was a year old, he's just always been a big boy. I'm very careful with how much and what I feed him, he gets no table food, and he gets regular vet check ups. He's just "big boned."
My guy will be 13 this year, and he's big boned too. He's always been on the large side, not just weight wise. He's very tall and long for a cat. He's about 20 lbs., and healthwise he's fine (thank goodness).
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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.
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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.
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How old is she & have you had her fixed? I had a poodle who was very thin until she got fixed. It got even worse after she got older. I didn't overfeed her & I walked her 2xs a day.
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I had a really fat cat. He got to be over 30 pounds and could not reach around to wash himself anymore. The vet recommended a special 'diet' food that was formulated for weight loss, it helped him feel fuller with less food. Although he was ALWAYS hungry, you are right that you're lucky your cat's not a meower. Mine was the biggest nag. Anyway, my cat got down to 18 pounds (which was a healthy weight for him, he was a BIG cat) and I had to be careful about how much he ate for the rest of his life.

You are doing a good thing by making her diet. It's really hard on them when they're fat. Maybe your vet can recommend a food especially for weight loss?
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She's 6 years old, and was spayed as a kitten. She's always been a bit...fluffy. But it's really crept up in the last couple of years.

She used to have unlimited access to dry food, but I've been measuring it and keeping it to half-cup per day for the last few months. I just cut it back to quarter-cup recently. I'll see how she does with that, and maybe cut it out altogether. I think she really needs the wet food, because she's a long-haired cat and prone to hairballs if she doesn't get her wet food.

I'll see if I can get a sunbeam picture of her tomorrow. She's so freaking funny how she basks fat-belly-up in the sun.
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