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Readers Respond: Do you have a fat cat? Share his/her weight control plan & progress

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My two cats, Jaspurr and Billy, have a weight problem. I'm instituting a weight control plan for both of them, as detailed in the attached article. If you are worried about your own obese cat's health, you are encouraged to either follow my plan or another your veterinarian recommends. Please see your own vet first for an assessment of your cat. Then post your plan and your cat's progress in the provided form. Note: Please do not respond to other readers or ask questions. Think of this instead, as your own cat's weight loss plan and progress report on this site. Share Your Cat's Plan

MeowSpace did the trick

I needed to be able to control the food my fat cat was eating, and that seemed to be impossible. I started using a new contraption called the MeowSpace, which I found at www.meowspace.biz. This device is a clear plastic box with a locking pet door. To keep my fat cat away from the food harmful to her, I put my other cat's food inside the MeowSpace. That cat gets into the MeowSpace using her microchip ID. I was able to easily program her to the door, and when she would nudge the door, it would recognize her code and open for her. She could eat anytime she wanted, but my fat cat was kept away from "skinny's" food. I was able to feed her only what she needed, and all of her excess weight dropped off. I did this slowly so as not to harm her with a crash diet. She went from being 16 lbs to 10 lbs, and runs all over the house like a kitten. That's what I did to solve my fat cat problem.
—Mitch

Tough Love + Some Extra Support

To get our little piggy cat from 15 lbs to 10 lbs, we set our skinny cat up with a MeowSpace so piggy cat couldn't get to his food anymore. Then we resolutely fed her a combination of wet food and dry in amounts that would ensure a slow and healthy weight loss. She always wanted more food than we gave her, but we held strong, and today she runs and jumps like a kitten. She's 5 years old.
—meowspace.biz

Not sure how to handle our 4 cat house

We have Oliver 2 years old, who became obese while we were on vacation! We left a cream colored kitten and came back to a big, brown cat. We also have Figaro, who is just 2 years and 2 old girls, 18 and 19. We give them high quality kibble (Before Grain) and have started to measure out just two cups a day. Trouble is, Oliver consumes most of it and our old girls are being shorted. We have tried different rooms to no avail. We are both gone during the day and can't moniter his consumption. We are at a loss for what to do. Sure would appreciate any ideas.
—fischerpat

dickandjeannette@att.net

I have just adopted a neutered, male cat who weighs about 32 pounds. He seems healthy but I realize he is grossly overweight. I cannot take him to the vet as I am the sole caretaker to an Alzheimers patient.
—Guest jeannette t birdsall

my fat cat

i have a fat cat so it is good to give your cat less food ang play with your cat
—Guest gabby

Kat McL

My Tubby Tabby Tom is a whopping 24 lbs.! I've purchased a non-grain, low-weight, dry food and have taken the free range (grazing like bovine) opportunity away from all three cats. On the Animal Planet show, "My Cat From Hell," the behaviorist said, cats in the wild eat twice a day and don't graze like cows. So, to get all of my three cats adjusted to this new pattern, I feed at 6am, noon, and then at 6pm, leaving the food down in separate rooms (the two girls, Siamese sisters are just under normal weight because the Tabby was territorial about the food resource), the girls eat regular dry food, while the Tabby eats his for a maximum of 20 minutes. I've reduced time to 15 minutes. Tabby will gain weight before he drops it because I have to leave a bowl out at night so they don't wake me up. I've insomnia issues from FMS. I mix Tabby's food with 50% diet and 50% Friskies Seafood Sensations. Now, 30% Friskies, 70% diet, then taking one meal away at noon. No bowl at night after adjustment
—Guest Kat McL

overweight cat

my cat seems to be getting even bigger! She is already 16 pounds. I just adopted a new male kitten. She seems to go into the kitchen many many times a day begging for food. I am going to cut back to feeding both of them only twice a day, and not at all in between. I will feed them each 1/2 can in the morning and 1/2 cup dry food at night. The problem with the dry food: they are now hooked on this one kind that has a lot of "starch". I guess I need to try others. Have already tried a few different kinds they would not eat.
—stephanieFirdman

Nevermind calories - check ingredients!

One suggestion I would have is to not worry about calories listed on foods. Its the ingredients! Cut out corn, rice, and any other grain or carb in your cats diet! Here's an excellent resource: http://catinfo.org/#We_Are_Feeding_Cats_Too_Many_Carbohydrates
—Guest Sharon

Carbs are dangerous to your cat's health

When my 19 year old was diagnosed with diabetes, I took away all of her dry food and started her on a high protein diet of home-cooked turkey and beef, trout, raw chicken liver, etc. She had no carbs at all, not even those little carrots. She gradually lost 5 pounds and the diabetes as well. My 6-year-old Maine Coon had a tendency to eat like a small horse. I began feeding him California Natural dry food only as a treat, leaving him with all protein for the rest of the day. He didn't lose weight, but he lost all his fat. He is now a Mr. Universe, and very handsome too. I no longer have to worry about his getting diabetes.
—Guest Mighty Muffie

What do I do?

I have a 17 year old who is very ill with diabetes and hyperthroid, He was a big guy but has gone from 18 lbs to about 8lbs. His sister is hyperthyroid and is very heavy. My problem is they both eat all day with dry food plus get canned morning and night. I'm afraid if I take the dry food away the older brother my not eat at all. What do I do, I don't want to lose them both. Franny's Note: I am going to create a FAQ from your questions. Your older cat could get Fatty Liver Disease (Hepatic Lipidosis if he continues to lose weight quickly. In the meantime, I hope you will take him to your vet ASAP to have his liver values checked. His sister should also be seen by your vet. Excess weight is *not* healthy for any cat, regardless of its weight. And with her medical history, if she is also 17, it can be particularly unhealthy.
—Guest 2 Cats

No fat cats here.

While I have the advantage of training in glycemic control of humans, it is the recent releases of abstracts relating to gonadectomies and how fat in the diet is putting weight on our cats that caused me to have a big sigh of relief that I wasn't wrong by looking at caloric count after confirming that the nutrition was good with high protein. We feed small frequent meals to reduce stomach size. I don't believe in feeding a cat less often than we humans are comfortable eating ourselves. Cats have shorter digestive tracts. One doesn't have to have a degree in nutrition to find information on the net confirming that fat contains more than twice the calories by volume. Here we look for high protein first, and calories second. While I don't choose corn gluten meal as the first source of protein, it does contain 60% dry weight protein, (same as mouse), content whereas vegetables and fruits promote the wrong pH in urine, therefore encouraging urinary tract disease.
—Guest No fat cats here.

Breed-Appropriate

I have left a veterinary service because the vet doesn't know their cat breeds regarding weight. My cat is a Norwegian Forest Cat and matured at 5 years old. As she was gaining weight over the past 2 years, the vet insisted she was overweight. I countered with her breed type. At 5 years old, she maxed out at 12 pounds and the vet told me she was seriously overweight. I provided them with a breed description accompanied by a photo of the breed which matches my cat's conformation. It met with dead silence, so I will not return. My kitty has no health issues, exercises outdoors under supervision, and eats normal portions. I happen to know what my cat's breed is, but if you have a mixed breed that may have some genetic disposition to larger-than-normal weight, how will you know that you're not doing your cat harm by restricting food (assuming of course that you are not obviously over-feeding and the rations are normal).
—Guest No Plan Required

I found a 4-6 month old

I found a 4-6 month old kitten 3 weeks ago she was really skinny since I had 2 other cats at home I decided to take care of her. 3 weeks later she is getting fat. I feed her half a cup of food in morning and another at night as I do with the others, and they aren't fat. I thought she may be pregnant only sign she showing is getting fat. So im confussed at the moment.
—Guest sweetpea mommie

My BIG BIG BOY!!!

Well..I can see by the posts, Luke, doesn't really fit in here..he is 28 pounds..and 2 1/2 years old. He is a rescue cat..black, very long hair and so fun...He literally 'sits up' for a treat..rolls over..comes running when we call him..loves a bath..and rolls over on command..we think he may be a ragdoll cat, Vet said some of them are now all black..and he wasn't too concerned about his weight as he is very active and big boned..plus..he has a wonderful personality..( meaning..fat)...lol
—momssix

fat cat alert

I have lost within 10-15 lbs of 200 lbs and I still am going to be 50-55 lbs lighter wither greater strength as time continues, however, my beautiful kitty, has been getting fatter. I love her so much and want to take better care of her as well as myself so I was attracted to this site.
—Queenofthekittycats

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