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Old 08-02-2010, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have a specific diet for a 1 year old cat.

I am not looking for anything you have to physically make.

Thanks so much!

Also, my cat is indoors. Is this why she is fat? She only eats dry food. She doesn't really have a feeding schedule.
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The dry food is why she's fat. This is a lot of information, but one or two articles should answer your question:

Info. & Links on why canned is better than all dry diet
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The dry food is why she's fat. This is a lot of information, but one or two articles should answer your question:

Info. & Links on why canned is better than all dry diet
Thank you so much. The problem is, dry food makes her pooh smell tons. And it gets watery too.
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Switching to all wet can only be good then, right?
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Switching to all wet can only be good then, right?
Oops! I meant wet does that. Major typo. Haha.
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Maybe it takes a while for her system to settle down?

I'm by no means an expert on cat food, hopefully others will chime in on this.
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Switching from an all dry diet to wet food should be done slowly and can cause a little digestive upset. It also depends on the wet food you're using....if it's a lower quality brand, it could be some of the ingredients that are causing an issue. But in general, there's no biological reason that feeding wet food should produce loose stool.

Feeding a never ending buffet of dry food is why she's overweight. My first recommendation is to get her used to specific mealtimes with a measured amount of food. Once she's used to that, then start to bring in some wet food.

A cat needs 20-25 calories per pound of body weight per day to maintain their weight. The less active, the lower the number on that scale, the more active...the higher the number. For weight loss reduce the # of calories by 10-15% and adjust accordingly depending on how she's doing. You want her to lose approx 1/2 to 1 pound per month.

Good brands include Wellness, Pinnacle, Nature's Variety, Natural Balance, Holistic Select, Fromm, Weruva, Merrick, Taste of the Wild, Innova, EVO for a start....
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I recently switched my cat's wet food to canned Weruva. My cats love it as it comes in many flavors and it is grain free and looks like real food. I read more about it and it stated that Weruva is even digestable for humans. You should invest in a high quality wet food brand as it contains more water to keep the cats from becoming dehydrated.
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