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My cat is so fat...

RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
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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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    Hmmmm, it almost sounds like she's got a thyroid problem or something.
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  • StarrwithoutniteStarrwithoutnite Posts: 1,732Registered Users
    Get a kitten for her to play with!! :nike:
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    Hmmmm, it almost sounds like she's got a thyroid problem or something.

    +1 Hypo, I think?
  • LisaF1163LisaF1163 Posts: 1,079Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    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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  • imagenimagen Posts: 343Registered Users
    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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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    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.:roll: 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.
  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    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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  • LisaF1163LisaF1163 Posts: 1,079Registered Users
    imagen wrote: »
    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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  • imagenimagen Posts: 343Registered Users
    LisaF1163 wrote: »
    imagen wrote: »
    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."

    So cute. :) I miss having a cat. My parents have a cat but she's a b*tch, she doesn't like anyone.

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  • wildwoodflowrwildwoodflowr Posts: 63Registered Users
    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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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    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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  • merynmeryn Posts: 1,806Registered Users
    I have a chunk at home too. Her vet says she's overweight, I'm starting to think she's just big boned. :lol: 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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  • ScarletScarlet Posts: 3,125Registered Users
    LisaF1163 wrote: »
    imagen wrote: »
    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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  • violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users
    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.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    violets wrote: »
    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.
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users
    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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  • anonnymouseanonnymouse Posts: 1,340Registered Users
    I had a really fat cat. He got to be over 30 pounds and could not reach around to wash himself anymore. :pukel: 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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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    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.
  • eche428eche428 Posts: 2,782Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    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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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    eche428 wrote: »
    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.
  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    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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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    Another vote for Wellness, good stuff.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    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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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    violets wrote: »
    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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  • LisaF1163LisaF1163 Posts: 1,079Registered Users
    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:

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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    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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    mrspoppers wrote: »
    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. :cat:

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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Lisa- your cat is gorgeous! But he is hardly fat. :lol::tongue:
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    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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