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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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My cat needs a diet...

I have two cats. Boodalair is 2 1/2 and Atreju is 1 1/2. I was looking at them today and Boodalair is huge. He towers over his brother and is double wide. Atreju is very active whereas Boodalair can play dead all day. It's kind of funny...yet sad...watching him try to clean himself. We don't leave food out all day or anything. We feed them at scheduled times. Is there a special food we should buy or is there something else we should do? Also should they both eat the diet food if we switch?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 04:10 PM
 
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What are you feeding now?
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I think it is Friskies Cat Chow. I know it is junk food but we have tried healthier stuff and they just don't like it. I am willing to switch though if I can get a better suggestion of what will be best for them.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 05:38 PM
 
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That explains it.

However, before you put them on a diet, have the vet check them out. Have bloodwork done to make sure no underlying health problems are involved and it's safe for the bigger one to go on a diet.
For the bigger one also ask for a thyroid test to rule out hypothyroidism, which, just like in people, causes weight gain even on a healthy, well-regulated diet.

If everything checks out all right, the best diet for both cats will be a high-quality canned diet. Get away from dry food, especially poor quality dry food.

And be patient, losing weight safely takes a long time. If you rush things, your cat can develop a potentially fatal liver disease.
He should lose not more than 1 pound each month until he reaches his ideal weight, which your vet can determine based on his bone structure.

Here is some information for you on grains:

http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/grains.php
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Can you suggest a good canned food to try?
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 06:31 PM
 
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The best canned foods are Wellness, Innova, Evo, Felidae.....I'm sure you will get more suggestions from others!
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 06:37 PM
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The best canned foods are Wellness, Innova, Evo, Felidae.....
I concur completley except that Evo isn't canned ... oh there are quite a few great brands out there actually.

The best thing to do is to educate yourself. Learn what SHOULD be in cat food and what SHOULDN'T, and learn how to read labels. You'll feel so much more confident about what you're feeding your kitties, when you KNOW it's good for them, not just because someone told you it was good.

Canned food is EXCELLENT for weight loss, and general good health. Glad you've realised that there needs to be a change

There's a sticky at the top of this section of the forum about why wet is better than dry, and in that sticky are LOTS of links about cat nutrition. And most importantly, we are always here to help

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-30-2005, 06:48 PM
 
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I concur completley except that Evo isn't canned ... oh there are quite a few great brands out there actually
My bad! I had a feeling I was going to be wrong on 1 or2 of those...but I thought it would be the Felidae! I know a lot about which DRY are good, because my cats eat good dry...but they won't eat any wet other than Fancy Feast and Meow Mix, so that was a semi-guess.
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Oooh oooh ... I get to put in my plug here for a pet scale, so you know how much the big guy is losing and how fast.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2005, 02:19 PM
 
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Maybe this will help?


I posted to this forum a couple months ago, about our one kitty having persistant diarrhea, plus the vet said he needed to go on a diet (said my big boy was a bit overweight).
They tested him for everything known to man, and all bacteria, parasites, etc were all negative.
So the vet just said lets try a different brand of cat food, maybe the diarrhea is just a food intolerance.
Now my kitties have always been on just plain dry Iams, which I've read on this forum can really put on the pounds.
So we tried them on Ichanuba Low Residue dry, and lo and behold, everything so far is fixed. The diarrhea is gone, and both my kitties are slimming down. I know that Ichanuba is also made by Iams, but its a different formulation.
Its also a big more expensive (I pay about $15 for a 6 pound bag), and you have to have an Rx from the vet to even buy it at Petco or one of the big pet stores.
But I'm sold on how well its working for my little cat family!
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