Originally Posted by fantastipotamus
I wish my cats would eat so little.
...we basically free feed them and they eat and eat. We try to limit it to around 3/4-1 cup a day for each cat, but that seems to keep their weights up too high still.
Cat-proof you home = surgical problems solved, no matter how much/little they eat.
Did you read the part about my Squirrely-Jo? She parked herself in front of the Iams free-choice dry food all day every day and was a fat 18#.
She was more woodchuck than squirrel.
After switching to Innova, it didn't taste as 'junk-food-good' as the Iams so she stopped grazing all day just because it was there and only ate what she needed. In addition, I also feel the Iams, and other poor brands of cat food, probably don't allow the cat to feel full, and they feel they must constantly eat because their body keeps telling them they don't have enough of whatever they need and will never get out of a not properly formulated dry food.
Innova was properly formulated, I feel it satisfied the cats' hunger and S-Jo stopped her all-day-long-meals, ate only what she needed and lost 1/3rd of her FAT body-weight to maintain herself at a fit and healthy 12#. Since switching her from Iams to Innova, she has lost weight, is fit, likes to be active, play and she can now JUMP onto surfaces she had to struggle to reach when she was so heavy.
Imagine the Iams as being comparable to a Happy Meal and candy.
Imagine the Innova as being comparable to lean meat and cut vegetables.
If both are available (Iams and Innova, HappyMeal/candy and meat/veggies) which do you think a child and a cat would choose to eat? If you give them only healthy choices then they have no choice but to be healthy.