"zob" <[email protected]
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> On Sat, 1 Mar 2008 19:53:17 -0600, "CatNipped"
> > wrote:
>>Sammy has now lost 15 ounces - just a few more and she'll be at her
>>weight. She's more active too (I know how even a little bit of excess
>>weight "weighs" me down, so I think she's just feeling springier).
>>lost 6 ounces and she too is now at her desired weight. Demi has stayed
>>same weight (she was already purr-fect ;>). Ozzy has put on 5 ounces and
>>Archer put on 3 (they'll be a year old at the end of April, so I'm not
>>worried about the small gain - I think they needed it for another growth
>>All the cats seem healthier and happier, so I guess I'm doing it right.
>>still giving them about a fourth of a cup of dry food in the evenings (I
>>can't help it, I worry that they'll get hungry during the night even
>>they don't eat all of their canned). I do eventually want to stop the dry
>>food altogether, so when what I already have runs out I just won't buy any
> I just saw this conversation, sorry if I'm asking you to repeat old
> information. What are you doing to get your cats to lose the weight?
> I just had Onyx at the kitty doctor yesterday (he had an impacted
> colon and had to have two enemas!) and the vet said that he needs to
> lose some weight. He's very long and looks lean to me, but at 17
> pounds he's a big boy. My other cat, Yoda, is much shorter and looks
> fat (his belly sways back and forth and dusts the floor for me when he
> walks). What's the secret to kitty weight loss without them crying
> from being hungry all the time?
> Thanks, Catnipped!
Hey Zob! How's Yoda's weight? Could he stand to lose too or are you
dealing with just the one who needs to lose? I had that problem when Sammy
needed to lose a lot, Jessie needed to lose a little, Demi needed to stay
the same, and the two boys (under a year old) still had some developing to
Also, are both boys on an all dry food diet right now?
Sammy losing weight was only one issue I was worried about when I decided to
quit giving them dry food (my clowder of 5 were eating 8 cans of Fancy Feast
a day and about 2 cups of Science Diet dry). The main factor in me wanting
to switch to an all canned diet is that, for the first time I have boy cats
and I was worried about struvite crystals in their urine causing blockages
that are not only extremely painful, but could be fatal. The constipation
Onyx is experiencing could be helped by an all canned food diet if he's not
What I did was really simple... I cut down their dry food to almost nothing
(they get less than a third of a cup for all 5 to share in the evenings so
they have a little something to snack on at night. When I drastically cut
back the dry food I added another can of Fancy Feast at each feeding (6AM
and 6PM), so now they're getting 10 cans of Fancy Feast a day. Just doing
that has got all of the on them right track - Jessie is now at her ideal
weight, Sammy still needs to lose a few ounces, Demi is the same, and both
boys have gained a few ounces.
Phil P. gave me the formula to use for determining how many calories each
should eat to maintain their weight: 16 k-calories per pound per day. Here
is the nutrition facts from Purina for Fancy Feast (you'd have to call or
write your pet food company to get this info if you're feeding them
something else): http://www.possibleplaces.com/Fancy%5FFeast%5FValues/.
Phil P. has a FANTASTIC web page on cat nutrition - he's spent years and
years researching this and has talked to many experts in cat nutrition:
http://www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm. In fact his entire web site
is a treasure trove of information about cats (he's a true blue
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