Before I was feeding my cat 1/2 dry and 1/2 wet. I took her off of the dry completely, including her treats be cause she has a sensitivity to carbs. At first I thought it was just grains, but her dry food (Merrick's Before Grain) was made with potatoes and she still had the same problems (stinky, semi-loose stool with periodic diarrhea).
I've made another thread about this a long time ago explaining my situation, but it finally got to the point where I could afford to feed her an all wet diet.
Now I have a few concerns. The first one is her teeth and jaws. Is it true that she could develop bad teeth from not having anything hard to eat? It makes sense. I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for a treat or supplement I could give her to chew on that has NO grains, potatoes or fish (neither of us eat fish). I've been scouring the net looking for something suitable but I can't find anything that's not a soft, chewy treat. She does love to chew on cardboard and I have a few boxes around the house so she can do so, but I don't know if that's sufficient or not.
My other concern is her weight and calorie intake. She weighs 10.6 lbs. She's visibly overweight but not too much, something around a 6 according to this: http://media.mercola.com/ImageServer...Chart_cats.jpg
I want her to lose a little weight, she has a saggy ball of fat between her back legs and obvious pads of fat behind and between her shoulders, and she's developed a noticeable thickness at the base of her tail.
She's 2.5 years, fixed and entirely indoors. I'm not really sure how much she's supposed to weight but I think even that .6 lbs would make a huge difference.
Now she's currently getting one 5.5oz can of food a day, split between two meals at 7am and 7pm.
I feed her Wellness Core, Blue buffalo, Before Grain, Avoderm, and Innova canned food, with the Before Grain being about 50% of her diet fed every other day and then one of the other types every other day. I do this because I don't want her getting hooked on one particular food and I'm trying to make sure she's getting enough of every nutrient, and the BF is the only one not made with potatoes or rice.
She's getting somewhere between 150-220 calories a day, depending on what type I feed her.
I'm not really sure how to determine what is the right amount. I'm concerned that she's not getting enough calories at her weight. According to the recommended portions on the cans she should be getting more, but I know they tend to over-recommend, and I'm not sure if I should be feeding her for what she weighs now, or for what weight she should be at. I know she COULD eat more, but she's always been food driven and would probably eat herself into a coma if I let her.
Thanks for reading.