Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Garden Grove, CA
Don't know what to do about fat cat!
I have a 6 year old indoor/outdoor cat named Zero. His previous owners WAY overfed him and he's a fat cat. He eats way too fast, is always begging for food, and tries to scoop food into his mouth because he was used to eating out of giant bowls filled with food. He has been around 17-18lbs but suddenly skyrocketed to 21lbs over the last 3-4 months. I was puzzled because I have always fed him diet food since I got him as well as recently putting him on high-protein low carb food and lowering his servings.
Tonight, he came in, ate, then barfed. In his barf was the dry food I feed him and what looked and smelled like wet tuna. This has convinced me he's eating food elsewhere outside, most likely at the neighbor's house, I think he puts food out for some strays or his own cat. This would explain his weight gain. What's compounding the problem is he still begged for food even though he had just eaten outside the home. There is no way for me to know what or how much he has eaten outside the home to adjust his indoor rations accordingly, he begs for food 24-7 whether he's hungry or not.
He's always been an indoor/outdoor cat since he was a kitten and if he can't get outside at night he becomes very stressed and claws/tears at the door so I can't really keep him inside indefinitely. Not sure what I can do other than try to talk to the neighbor but it just seems a bit rude to ask him to stop putting food out because my own fat cat can't stop going over there to eat it.