"22brix" > wrote in message
> "CatNipped" > wrote in message
>> "Phil P." > wrote in message
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>>> "CatNipped" > wrote in message
>>>> It's been a little over a week and Sammy has lost 2.5 ounces with none
>>>> the other cats losing any weight. I think that almost eliminating the
>>>> food (we're down to a third of a cup once a day for all 5 cats) has
>>>> key. Next week I'm going to eliminate the dry food altogether and that
>>>> set my mind at ease about the boys developing struvite crystals or
>>>> becoming obese and having to deal with the health problems that causes.
>>>> Phil, thanks for all the advice - as usual your were spot on and helped
>>>> when even my vet's tech was wrong! I'll keep you updated about Sammy's
>>>> weight loss - I think 2.5 ounces a week is pretty good and it may
>>>> bit after the dry food is eliminated.
>>> That's great news.
>>> The rate of weight loss might fluctuate a bit so don't get discouraged.
>>> Which scale did you get?
>> The Redmon 7462 Digital Baby Scale - this one:
>> (or http://tinyurl.com/2voxmc). I like it because it has a very large
>> weighing surface (23" x 14") and because the design makes it completely
>> stable (it's only 2" high so the cats don't feel nervous sitting on it).
>> I keep it in the same spot on a table as well as weighing them at the
>> same time every day so there are no "variables" to consider, and they'll
>> jump up there and sit on it of their own accord (of course it helps that
>> I give them a treat whenever I weigh them ;>). So far it's been really
>> accurate, I'm not seeing any fluctuations except what I'd expected from
>> the change in diet.
>> I'm even more eager to get them off dry food altoghter after reading
>> about yet another male cat with a blockage here, so starting Monday it
>> will be just canned for them. I'm experimenting with other flavors of
>> Fancy Feast (my girls only liked the pate varieties, but the boys are
>> more adventurous) - do you have any recommendations regarding the
>> benefits of one flavor over another?
>> Again, thanks for all your help, I'm feeling much better about their diet
>> and their healthy future.
>>> Good luck,
> I'm trying to get all my cats on a totally canned diet but a couple of
> them start getting diarrhea if they eat more than about a quarter 5.5 oz
> can a day! Especially Hailey. Any suggestions on how to get them to
> tolerate it better? Three of them are fine and if I gradually increase
> the amount they're getting they are fine. Hailey always seems to get the
> runs if I increase it, even slowly. Having had cats with kidney issues I
> really want to get them mostly off the dry.
I don't know if I can help - I didn't experience that, however.... There's
a difference between diarrhea and just runny or soft stools. Diarrhea is
watery and frequent (8 - 10 times a day), runny or soft stools once or twice
a day is not as dangerous (causing dehydration), and will usually not cause
any medical problems. If the canned food is just causing runny or soft
stools and not actual diarrhea, then I'd stick it out for a week or so to
see if it clears up on its own.
A few years ago I began feeding my cats Fancy Feast along with their dry
food and it was an instant hit - they ate more and more of that and less and
less of the dry food until they're now at a point where I'm able to
discontinue the dry food without worrying about them not eating enough.