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Old 10-19-2009, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what is the best brand of high quality canned food to make a cat gain weight? this is a cat with no health issues, was recently switched to canned from dry and she has lost quite a bit of weight, is it evo that is high in fat? thanks!
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Most canned foods are between 5 and 8% fat. As long as your cat is not underweight, it's ok if she loses some weight. However if she is underweight and you want her to gain weight safely, try a variety of flavours and brands and start rotating them so she doesnt get bored. Ones that my cats absolutely love are: Wellness Core chicken turkey and chicken liver, Natural Balance venison and green pea, duck and green pea, and chicken and green pea, Evo (both the 95% ones and the regular one), Holistic Select in the chicken and lamb, Performatrin and Performatrin Ultra (pet valu brand) in chicken, turkey, chicken and lamb, beef. And those are mainly the ones I am feeding right now. They got a bit bored of the previous flavours.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Depends, I think, on why she's losing weight.

Cats get their energy from protein; if she's not getting enough of it, maybe her body is cannibalizing itself? I know that cats on kibble have to eat and eat because there's so little protein in it, which is why they get fat (too many carbs coming in, not enough energy).

How much canned food are you offering her and how much is she eating?
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I think the major questions here are how much canned food are you offering and how much of it does she eat? How do you know she doesn't have any health issues...has she had recent blood work? If not, you can't be sure she's healthy. How old is the cat?
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This can happen b/c people don't realize that you must feed MUCH more volume of canned food than kibble. Kibble has only a tiny bit of water -- it is highly concentrated. So a little goes a long way. Canned food is mostly water, so the cat must eat more food to get the same calories. 1/4 cup of dry is NOT the same as 1/4 cup of canned! Just remember that and you'll be fine!
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She won't eat the canned food I feed Tiger.. which is high quality, she'd only eat friskies which is horrible, she eats turkey, chicken, sea food.. I wish there was a way she'd eat Tiger's food (Wellness chicken and Natural Balance: Venison and Green Pea)
She has been to the vet for a physical but she hasn't had any blood work.. she started to lose weight when I switch the cats from dry to canned food cause Tiger can't have any dry food at all, before she was just fine.
She eats about 10 Ounces, which equals 2 cans a day.
I was thinking to try EVO, what do you think?
She is 16.
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She is 16.
And eating 10 oz a day and losing weight....she definitely needs some blood work. In the absence of other symptoms, this sounds like hyper-t.
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She is 16.
And eating 10 oz a day and losing weight....she definitely needs some blood work. In the absence of other symptoms, this sounds like hyper-t.
ABSOLUTELY. Hopefully you've been having at least annual bloodwork done? She should be having it done every 6 mos at her age -- CBC/chemistry/T4. Definitely take her in and get her worked up. Don't delay -- older cats, esp. if she has some issues, are harder to get weight on so you don't want her losing too much.
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She is 16.
And eating 10 oz a day and losing weight....she definitely needs some blood work. In the absence of other symptoms, this sounds like hyper-t.
What is hyper t??
See Hobbs isn't mine.. and I think he is scared to find out what may be wrong with her, she is his baby.. ouchie!
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What is hyper t??
See Hobbs isn't mine.. and I think he is scared to find out what may be wrong with her, she is his baby.. ouchie!
Hyperthyroid. And whoever owns her needs to understand that MANY conditions can be treated. Not knowing ain't gonna get the kitty treated!!! Goodness!
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